Category Archive for "Iceland"

The Busby Guide to Iceland on a Budget

April 24, 2016

Iceland is defined by contrast. Aptly named the “land of fire and ice,” the country’s landscape is draped with waterfalls that cascade from rocky outcrops, dotted with hot springs and billowing steam plumes, and surrounded by wild ocean waves licking the dark, deserted beaches. Icelandic people are friendly — albeit sometimes stand-offish at first — and offer occasional warm smiles that immediately soften their weathered, tough exteriors.    Known for welcoming droves of tourists during the lush summertime, Iceland can also be experienced in the winter for a fraction of the price. So if you’re a light spender and a winter lover, and…

Visiting Iceland in the Winter

September 16, 2014

So you found super cheap flights to Iceland, but you’re nervous about navigating this traditionally green, lush country in the harsh winter months. Yep – we were too. But stop worrying and book those tickets… and start making plans for visiting one of the most epic places in the world. Here are our top tips for visiting Iceland in the winter. 10. The Blue Lagoon is kitschy, but worth it. Everyone talks about it, and for people like us who avoid touristy stuff, we really didn’t want to pay the money to go. But as it happened, the Blue Lagoon is…

Thank God for Sorel boots and Russ Hopkins’ stick-driving skills

April 4, 2011

So now that I’m back and still processing the fact we actually went to Iceland and the fact that we got engaged in Iceland, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos that I haven’t already posted. The weather was all across the board (except anything resembling “warm”) and we literally saw the entire island after driving completely around the ring road. The wildlife was as abundant as the wind, and everything was so…wild. I would recommend you go to Iceland and visit in the winter if you’re up for blustery cold, great backcountry skiing, and a relatively cheap…

I ate the shark in Iceland

March 19, 2011

The shark in Iceland cost me $9, and tasted like rubbing alcohol shooting through my nose. Worth every penny, er… Kroner.

An Icelandic Conundrum: To shark, or not to shark?

March 18, 2011

The last few days have been a whirlwind of just that… wind. From rain to snow to extreme white-outs, we’ve driven through just about everything on our little Honda Accord. (For the record, I just had to ask the group what kind of car we had, because I don’t know things like that.) We’re back in the Reykjavik area, holed up in an adorable country hotel with two boxes—yes, boxes—of wine and a bottle of Jack. Life is good, but sadly tomorrow is our last full day on this incredible island. Sean and I have spent some fantastic days backcountry…

Engaged in Iceland: The land of reindeer, waterfalls, and pretty horses

March 16, 2011

Today was the best day in Iceland. And it will go down in history as one of the best days of my life… right up there with the day I became a Delta Gamma, the day I put on my first Humo face, and the day I learned how to fist pump. Not only did the sun come out today in full force for the first time since we arrived, but my very own boyfriend got down on one knee and proposed to me today. NO JOKE. Sean and I are engaged. We are going to get MARRIED. ACK—how crazy…

Don’t mess with Iceland…

March 15, 2011

There are times in our lives it seems the only reason certain things happen is that God is trying to tell us something in a hurry. Funny enough, Sean and I often find ourselves in these crazy situations… the occurrences are ridiculous enough that we have no choice but to accept them as signs, move on, and then blog about their ridiculousness later on. I, myself, was lucky enough to receive two such messages on my second day in Iceland. The first message was a rather violent one that came charging through my system at 4am. No, it wasn’t Rarotonga…

Iceland: Where the Blue Lagoon is worth the money and the hot dogs are delicious

March 13, 2011

Today Sean and I arrived in ICELAND with our travel partners, Brittany and Russ. But before I get into day one, let me first say that we had some really good intentions going into this trip. Knowing we’d be getting on a 3 hour flight from Vegas to Seattle, and then a 7-hour flight from Seattle to Reykjavik, Iceland, and then be expected to start our first full day at 7am, we thought ahead before leaving Vegas. I’m extremely talented at this “thinking ahead” business, especially when the situation involves real beer from Nevada, as opposed to the glorified carbonated…