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A couple months ago I celebrated my four year anniversary of living in Iceland. By celebrate I mean I totally forgot about it until a few weeks later. How different things are today compared to that first expativersary! I am not going to lie, if you had told me four years ago when I was in the midst of figuring life out in Iceland during one of the stormiest winters on record that I would still be living in Iceland four years later I would not have believed you. But wow am I so glad that I still am! When I look back on these past four years I have to admit, I remember a bumpy, bumpy road. And you know what, I wouldn’t of traded these four years of traveling that bumpy road for anything. Through all of those bumps I have grown into a person I am proud of and who feels confident in her own skin. I have made some amazing friendships, traveled to some gorgeous places, welcomed a baby in one of the most family friendly countries, and had opportunities come my way I never though possible. All those bumps, they have been worth it. To […]

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Here is a little fun Iceland tourism fact. Over the past 6 years the number of tourists visiting Iceland has more than tripled. In fact, it is estimated that Iceland will see its largest number of visitors this year, topping well over 2 million people! For a country of only 334,000 people this means that over 7 times the amount of the total population is expected to join the Iceland party this year alone! Iceland is clearly the place to be, but if you all have been reading my blog for very long you already knew I felt that way too:) So what does this booming number of visitors mean for those of you with a trip to Iceland on the calendar?? It can make finding accommodation VERY difficult. It is already getting difficult to find accommodation for this coming summer, which is still months away! So if you are planning your own trip to Iceland my number one tip I will say over and over again… BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE! If you are anything like me choosing the best accommodation while your traveling can be a bit tricky. And when you have the time pressure added […]

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Happy 2018 Friends! Yet again the fireworks on New Years Eve in Iceland completely amazed (and slightly terrified me). This year we took in the firework madness in the center of it all, at the iconic Hallgrímskirkja, and it was even more chaotic than I remembered! No joke, this NYE there was record breaking air pollution from the fireworks in Reykajvik. It is by far the craziest firework display I have ever seen, and it isn’t even an official firework show, just individuals shooting off their own fireworks! H’s mom lives really close to the church so the entire evening while we had a family dinner you could hear the fireworks getting louder and louder, a preview for the chaos to come. We headed up to the church just a few minutes before midnight while we left our little guy to snooze away at grandma’s. When just a few minutes after midnight a firework fell over and shot into the crowd in front of us the Viking and I decided that was our cue to leave. And, much to our surprise, our little Viking, he snoozed away through the booms of the fireworks. Our NYE dinner party earlier that evening […]

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“We just have to make it to December.” This is what the Viking and I have been saying to each other all Fall long. And guess what…. We made it to December! So why was December such a milestone for us to make it to? Well, this Fall has been all kinds of crazy for H and I. First and most important, this Fall has been all about adjusting to life as a family of three. Sure our little Viking was 3 months old at the start of the Fall, but during his first 3 months of life we were spoiled with extra help. Between my family staying with us in Iceland, the Viking being on paternity leave, and a long trip to Oregon where we had endless helping hands around us, it wasn’t until the end of the summer where we started settling into life as a family of three. Also starting at the end of the summer, the chaos of our third semester of our MBA. Let’s just say it was an interesting ride juggling being new parents and our school work, but in all honesty it wasn’t as stressful as we had mentally prepared ourselves for, so […]

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If there is one thing to know about the seasons in Iceland it is this… they change incredibly fast! One morning you wake up thinking it is still fall, and by the afternoon it is snowing and winter has arrived. I am not making this up! Just last week there was still a hint of fall in the air, but over the weekend, well winter most definitely arrived. Now I am team summer all the way, but there is something so magical about that first fluffy snowfall that makes me feel excited for all the cozy winter days to come. So while I am in this state of loving winter (this will change once Christmas is over and I realize we still have months of winter to go) let’s talk about how wonderful Iceland is in the winter and why you should most definitely come for a visit during these cold dark months. I won’t lie, it will be cold, there will only be a few hours of daylight, and it is highly likely there will be snow and the occasional fierce windstorm. But just imagine all the stunning Icelandic waterfalls you have been dreaming of covered in sparkling snow. […]

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In just a few days our first of four visitors from my family is arriving to Iceland. I am beyond excited to show my family my second home and all the wonderful things about Iceland. And the one thing that is at the top of my list to show them all… The Northern Lights. There is nothing more magical than being bundled up watching the mystical streaks of color dance their way across the dark winter sky. It doesn’t matter how many times I get to see the Northern Lights I still get giddy over them every single time and am on a mission to share them with my family. To ensure that all of my guest get their own magical Northern Lights experience I have been putting all my insider information to use. And since I think everyone should get to have the chance to see the Northern Lights I thought it might be helpful for me to share some of the wisdom I have learned over the years of how to chase the Northern Lights in Iceland with you all. Get ready, here is the ultimate guide to the Northern Lights in Iceland! What are the Northern Lights? […]

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The Icelandic adventures I have had this past year…. Well, they have been basically non-existent. Between our MBA classes and growing our family there has been little time for spontaneous Iceland adventures. For now at least. As our little Viking is getting older and more and more interested in his surroundings and the outdoors I forsee more Iceland adventures coming back into our lives soon. Since it has been so long since my last Iceland adventure I am defintely in need for something to help fill the void of my wanderlust. But thanks to you all I have a way to fill this void. All I have to do is head to Instagram and look up #unlockingiceland and up appears over 2,300 gorgeous pictures for me to browse. 2,300 pictures! Oh how I love getting to see all the places you guys visit on your Iceland adventures! It makes me feel like I am out there with you visiting all those beautiful places. As I was browsing through the hashtag the other day I realized it has been almost a year since I have done an #unlockingiceland round up on the blog. A whole year! I think it is more […]

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Hellloooo!! Wow does it feel good to be back in this little space of mine. I can’t believe it has been over three months since I last wrote a post for my blog! Then again, I totally can as life has been a crazy wonderful blur ever since our little Viking joined us. I also can’t believe that I have been a mom for three months! While I don’t remember what it was like to get a full nights sleep it feels like just yesterday we were bringing our tiny newborn home and now he is a growing wiggly three month old! Needless to say we have been very busy these past few months with lots and lots of wonderful baby snuggles. Besides cuddling with our little man we have managed to fit in quite the list of adventures with little H. To sum things up these past three months we have: // Explored around Iceland with my mom and taken little H on his first Icelandic hike and first trip around the Golden Circle. // Survived (quite successful I might add) traveling internationally with a 6 week old. Little H was a champ on his first flight. // Spent […]

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At noon on May 20th, my Viking and I welcomed our handsome little Viking into this world! These past 10 days we have been in our baby love bubble and couldn’t be more in love with our little man. Meet the newest Viking to have stolen my heart, my Little H. Our little man already is showing signs of taking after his parents by showing up right on time on his scheduled due date. Everyone has joked with us that of course our little guy was as prompt and organized as his parents… apparently the Viking and I have quite the reputation of being very scheduled people:) As my due date neared though I thought for sure I was going to see May 20th come and go with no little boy in my arms. I began to worry just how long he was going to make us wait, 40 weeks of being pregnant is long enough if you ask me! Our little Viking came promptly and quickly with him entering the world just 13 hours after my water broke. One minute H and I were out for a late evening walk enjoying the midnight sun, the next minute my water […]

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First off, my Viking and I send you all a big virtual hug and thank you for all of the well wishes about our little Viking! We so appreciate all of your lovely comments and well wishes about our little guy. I loved getting to share more about our little Viking with you all, and hearing your stories about your own little ones. Thanks so much for reading along, I look forward to continue to share this new adventure in our lives with you all! And speaking of our little guy… He is going to be here before we know it! I am 36 weeks pregnant and can’t believe how quickly the time is flying by. Well most days the time goes by quickly, other days feels like I am going to be pregnant forever;) With the final countdown on H and I have been busy running around picking up the last must have baby items, enjoying some date nights and adventures, and trying to get all of our projects finished up so we can be all set to enjoy our son. Needless to say life has been quite busy around here, and only about to get even busier when […]

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