Exploring Vik & Dyrhólaey: Black Sand Beaches, Cliffs & Puffins

Two of my favorite stops on our 5-day south coast road trip in Iceland were also the most picturesque: Vik for its famous black sand beach guarded by towering basalt columns & Dyrhólaey for its stunning views & an up-close look at some of its most famous residents – puffins. Vik Located about two hours from […]

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The Time I Cried on a Glacier

We were about 45 minutes into our glacier hike on the Falljökull glacier tongue in Iceland’s Skaftafell National Park, when I felt the panic rise up in my throat & my eyes filled with tears. I’m not really sure what happened, all I know is that after we stopped to put on our crampons, I looked back […]

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How to Find Iceland’s Famous Plane Crash

If you’re researching a trip to Iceland, you’ve undoubtedly come across photos of this abandoned U.S. Navy DC-3, which crashed along a black sand beach outside of Vik in the 1970s. Everyone survived, but instead of hauling the aircraft away, the military decided to strip it of its critical components & leave the aircraft to the elements. […]

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48 Hours in Annapolis

48 hours is the perfect amount of time to explore Maryland’s waterfront capital city. After visiting recently on the hottest weekend of the year, here is everything you need to know about where to stay, what to eat & what to do. #protip: spend as much time on the water as possible! Day 1: Arrive, […]

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Hotel Review: Annapolis Waterfront Hotel

While I’m always willing to hop on a plane & fly to Europe at a moments notice, yet for some reason I have a mental block on visiting places right in my own backyard. I’ve lived in the Washington, DC-area for over a decade, & yet never spent any time in nearby (read: 40 mins […]

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31 Tips for Your Trip to Iceland

1. Skip the ATM. Normally the first place we stop when we get off the plane, we made it through 4.5 days with credit card only. In fact, we only took out money to buy Icelandic flags from a street vendor for the soccer party! 2. Don’t skip the gas pump. As I mentioned in […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Driving in Iceland

Renting a car & driving through Iceland was one of the best decisions we made on our trip. Driving is fairly easy if you use your head & are careful. They drive on the right hand side of the road, making things even easier for many drivers (sorry, Brits). Here are some of my best tips […]

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Where to Stay on Iceland’s South Coast

(& where not to stay in Reykjavik!) We did something on our Iceland south coast road trip we’ve never done before: stayed in a different hotel every night. This meant for a bit of a chaotic daily packing/unpacking situation, but also meant that we saw so much more of the country than if we had only […]

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5 Day Iceland South Coast Road Trip Itinerary

Road trip! We are back from our amazing, way too short, epic road trip in Iceland! We spent four days driving the south coast from the airport to Höfn & back. Our pace of driving was perfect, especially with Iceland’s summertime midnight sun. One big takeaway we learned is that even though Iceland looks small […]

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First Thoughts on Iceland

We’re back from our short trip to Iceland & all I can say is wow. Amazing. Magical. Spectacular. Iceland lives up to the hype, which is sometimes rare for a destination de jour. I can’t wait to share our itinerary, activities, food, lodging & photographs from our trip. But while I get unpacked & unjetlagged, […]

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