Travel Diaries: Iceland

Enjoying the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon, powered by geothermal energy.

Enjoying the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon, powered by geothermal energy.

For the 2018 winter holiday, I traveled from Southern California to Reykjavik Iceland with my family. To be honest, I didn’t know too much about Iceland other than the pictures populating my instagram feed. I’m a stern opponent of the cold, so I didn’t know what to expect. The trip exceeded all of my expectations and I left with a big smile on my face.

My mom turned 50 on December 18th, the day after my birthday, followed by my grandma Janice’s birthday on the 21st. My mom wanted us all to get together and celebrate in the snow. There was no snow ** cough cough climate change cough cough ** But, it sure was beautiful and cozy.

Packing Light

I’ve decided for my trips that are less than a week long, I’ll only be bringing a backpack. Firstly because it saves money when traveling on a budget airline and secondly because I want to be more mindful of what I need to bring.

I’ve learned through my minimalism journey that excess isn’t always abundance.

Once I fit everything in my Patagonia backpack I set out for 12 hours of travel from Santa Barbara to Reykjavik. <3

My sister, Camara “Cami” Thomas enjoying sunset

My sister, Camara “Cami” Thomas enjoying sunset

Once I landed, I hopped on a bus to the city to meet my family. During the winter it’s important to note that there isn’t much sun-light. I was blessed to have five hours on my first day starting when I got off the plane. We went on a walk and hunt for food when we stumbled across this beautiful sunset down by the water. The pinks and blues of the sky were magical. The city was illuminated by the sun and the Christmas lights lining each and every house.

During the next few days, I got a lot of sleep as I adjusted to the time change and explored the city. On the second day, we went to the blue lagoon. I recommend everyone go that visits or a natural hot spring! It’s well worth it in the winter.

For Christmas Eve and Christmas, I had dinner with my rambunctious family and my grandmother’s stylish outfits stole the show wherever we went! Christmas day was pretty relaxing, lots of conversations with my sister, whom I adore and a lot of sleep.

Overall, I’m so happy to check Iceland off my bucket list. I’ll be back.

A note on the environment

Hopefully the world is ready to get serious about climate change because there was no denying the melting glaciers from Iceland. I really yearned for the acceptance and urgency there was there to be the same in America. When people can look outside and see the abnormal lack of snow and take pictures of the daily shrinking glaciers and limited habitat for polar bears, there is no denying there’s something funky going on. However, maybe people in the United States feel far removed from the impacts that it’s easier to deny. I don’t want things to get so terrible and unlivable before people take action. The time is now! Let’s work together to help turn things around and save our home planet.