Iceland 2016 🇮🇸

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written about my travels. This year during May I visited Iceland. I went on a road trip exploring the island for about 6 days. Before I left I knew it was an expensive place to go, therefore I had to prepare in advance. Any one who wants to travel to Iceland please bear the costs in mind. I will give some pointers from my experience at the end but now to the good part

A country where you feel like you’ve landed in a different planet – This sentence sums up the landscape of the island. As soon as I landed, I was like ‘wow, have I just landed in Mars in an easyJet flight’

So I got into my rented car and drove off to the first stop and it was SeljalandafossIts a popular waterfall with a lot of tourists and a lot of wedding photoshoots have been taking place at this waterfall recently. You can see a shot of the waterfall from afar below.

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Seljalandafoss

The second stop was the breathtaking black sand beach. The beach is located in the town Vik. Reynisfjara is a black pebble beach and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, which is called Gardar. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar.

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Reynisfjara beach

The best way and only way to travel through Iceland is via car and you get to see some beautiful scenery such as this shown below

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Jökulsálón is a large glacial lake in the southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breidamerkurjökull glacier, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Second half of the trip…

For the last half of the trip, I drove up from south to east of Iceland. Along my way I came across so many waterfalls. One of the mighty ones was Godafoss (known as gods waterfall).

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Unknown & untouched waterfalls

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What I learned and what you could be aware of before travelling to Iceland.

  • Its expensive so be prepared
  • If you’re going on a road trip to the remote areas please do a big shop in a supermarket and stock up. Restaurants are pretty expensive and there are no fast food restaurants throughout the country
  • Best places to eat food are at petrol stations where they serve hotdogs
  • If you’re hiring a car don’t gamble on sandstorm insurance. You’re better off with it 
  • Stay in airbnbs. It’s a lot cheaper
  • Get yourself a fuel card in the capital. Makes life easier when you have to top up fuel

 

Milan 2016 🇮🇹

I went on a day trip to Milan, Italy in May. It was the most enjoyable and beautiful trip to date. Day trips are not everyone’s cup of tea but with beautiful company and pre-planning you can definitely pull it off. However you feel shattered at the end of the day but that’s all part of the fun

The first stop in Milan was Duomo di Milano. It is the biggest highlight of Milan. To simply put it there is nothing else like this Cathedral. It is the fifth largest christian church in the world.

There are 3,400 statues, 135 gargoyles and 700 figures that decorate Milan Duomo and the most exciting part is that it is still under construction even after six centuries

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The inside of the duomo is impressive as the outside. The architecture and the intrinsic design keeps you in awe!

If you are ever visiting the duomo I highly suggest buying the passes online in advance as the queues can be long and go for the full package as you get access to all areas and even get to go to the top of the duomo in a lift. In my opinion is a beautiful way to see the skyline of the modern Milan city

Once you’re out of the duomo the city is filled with beautiful buildings and narrow winding streets. Do not miss out on the ice cream in Milan. It was my first time to Italy and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is right outside the duomo and it contains all the high end shops and its a nice stroll to take if you’re window shopping (which was the case for me) lol. 

Castello Sforzesco in Milan is almost as impressive as the duomo. However it looks more like a medieval prison, even if it was a beautiful place. It was built in the 15th century and Leonardo Da Vinci worked in this castle for many years 

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