Icelandic Heat

Mid summer 2016, I transferred to take my MBA courses in London versus in Chicago. While I did it to consolidate my travel for school, this also meant great ease with which to tack on all sorts of travel to school weeks. Seeing the northern lights in Iceland had been a bucket list item for some time, so when my dear friend Allison suggested a girl trip to Iceland, I was IN.

Iceland is appealing by sheer beauty and ease in getting there - it's a 3-hour flight from London and totally palatable journey from the U.S. west coast - making it not *quite* Euro-distant. We booked 4 nights total in Iceland; 2 in Reykjavik, and 2 for adventures in the south coast and the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west.

Beginning our glacier hike in Skaftafell National Park

Basalt formations @ Skaftafell National Park

Svartifoss waterfall @ Skaftafell National Park

View of the famous trolls in a distance from Black Sand Beach by Vik along the south shore

Sunset along Black Sand Beach

Iceberg chunks by Glacier Lagoon (my absolutely top highlight)

Glacier lagoon

Arriving at super sneaky beautiful Fosshotel at Glacier Lagoon

Sunset view from Fosshotel

Cliffs overlooking cozy grey waters in the Snæfellsnes peninsula

Famous Kirkjufell in the Snæfellsnes peninsula on a snowy day

Snæfellsnes peninsula

Snæfellsnes peninsula

Snæfellsnes peninsula

35 meters deep at Vatnshellir Cave in Snæfellsnes peninsula

Vatnshellir Cave

A warm retreat upon arriving at Hótel Búðir

My #1 Scandinavian dream came true as northern lights dated in the Icelandic skies

We literally sprinted out of Hornið to watch nature's show

Cocktail @ Apotek Kitchen + Bar

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Stay. Hotel Borg in the heart of central Reykjavik. Alternative in the area, as this one sells out, is Radisson Blu Reykjavik. Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon along the south coast. Hótel Búðir in the Snæfellsnes

Shop. Something to explore during our return...we didn't get to this part!

Savor. Grillmarkaðurinn for grilled specialties where you can bet everything is farm-to-table. Sister restaurant Fiskmarkaðurinn, also by Hrefna Sætran and team, is a similar concept, specializing in - you got it - fish. Hornið is an unpretentious, cozy joint serving comfort food-level pizzas, pastas, and other Italian dishes.