Sometime during Spring of 2016 WOW Airline added a base in Los Angeles and San Francisco in order to make it easier for travelers to fly from USA to Iceland and Europe. All together (as of 7 July 2016) WOW connects to 29 locations from North America, Iceland, and Europe. WOW is designed as one of those cheap-o airlines, the first cheap-o to connect from USA to Europe. WOW is based out of Iceland and aspires to promote more travel to Iceland. When they first announced the connection from California to Iceland at the beginning of 2016 they offered a limited time $99 sale on flights one-way from any of their locations, including Los Angeles to any part in Europe. We missed the dates for the $99 discount because we discovered WOW just before their California bases opened, we went to Iceland in January and the California bases opened just a few short months later. We found a flight connecting to the East Coast and flew to Iceland on WOW from their, regardless we saved money with WOW.
For our stay in Iceland we reserved an entire apartment/home through Airbnb from the 16th to the 28th. Our place came with free parking, a kitchen, two beds, a couch, a TV with a DVD player, a dining room table, washer and dryer, one bathroom including a shower and bathtub, and a patio with a BBQ. Our place was located an easy 20 minute drive South of downtown Reykjavik.
*Fun fact: because we could never figure out how to pronounce the street name we would alternate by calling it “Garglebear” and “Grouchybear.” Read More →
My friends and I made reservations on priceline.com to book our car rental through the “Enterprise Rent A Car” located just outside of the KEF Airport. The car that we chose was a white Hyundai I20 (not a 4wd) stick shift running at an average of 40mpg. Read More →
25 January 2016
The primary reason for visiting Iceland was to search for the Northern Lights. I had read an article the prior October sharing that after the year 2016 it would become dramatically hard to see the Northern Lights for the next 11 years due to a solar storm cycle. Seeing the Northern Lights was a MUST to do before I die– there is always the morbid thought that I could die before the next 11 years have passed so it was a now-or-never decision to visit Iceland. Read More →
25 January 2016
After such a long and active day it was obvious that we needed a soothing day added to our vacation. Iceland’s most famous natural hot-spring was easily calling our names to come and enjoy its glory. The Blue Lagoon is one of the most well-known international hot-springs and it is located a short drive from the Keflavík International Airport (40 minutes from Reykjavík). After the elaborate drive we had the day before it was such a relief to go such a short distance from our home. Read More →
24 January 2016
Proceeding our adventure at the Sólheimasandur abandon plane crash, we set our next and final destination for the day to arrive at the Glacier Lagoon. We’d need to commit to another two and a half hours of driving from our destination at the plane. The extra two-and-a-half hours of driving would take us South-East of the island requiring us to make a five hour drive back to base at Reykjavík in the dark. Judging by the fact that the days were numbering in our trip it became apparent that this could be our only chance to reach this far into Iceland. Read More →
24 January 2016
We departed Seljalandsfoss knowing our next destination would undoubtedly be visiting the famous Sólheimasandur plane crash located some 30 minutes away from Seljalandsfoss on the black sand beach. I have seen countless images crafted by all my favorite conceptual photographers on Flickr whom created some of the most unique images at a one-of-a-kind surreal location. The story goes that “On Saturday Nov 24, 1973 a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 airplane was forced to land on Sólheimasandur’s black sand beach in the south of Iceland after experiencing some severe icing. Luckily all crew members survived the crash, but the airplane’s fuselage was abandoned. Now it’s become a photography dream location.” (http://expertvagabond.com/airplane-crash-wreckage-iceland/). Read More →
January 24, 2016
We awoke early morning to get a head start for our long day’s of exploration. The sky was dark and the chill of the Winter Icelandic air impaired our windshield with ice; we spent some time warming up the car and scraping the ice chunks off until we were more awake and felt secure to set drive. Our car seemed tinier now with four of us crammed inside with camera bags, boxes of prepackaged foods, and warm clothes scattered throughout the car. Through dim light we were able to see all the familiar landmarks and long hills as we passed by. Read More →
23 January 2016
The original Iceland group consisted of Scott, Jonny, and I. After posting a few images online a good friend from our high school messaged us asking if we were still in Iceland and for how much longer? Joe Newcombe went to high school with all of us back in California and since graduation he transferred to school in Sweden. He was messaging to see if we would take him in he if purchased a plane ticket from Sweden to Iceland for the next day and join our adventures until for the weekend until he needed to return to school. Read More →
January 21, 2016
The Golden Circle is a well known tourist attraction in Iceland which draws travelers to drive about 3.5 hours (time is assuming without stopping) around a trail found East of Iceland’s capital. The Golden Circle was said to feature beauty and nature vast beyond our comprehension, we set this day completely aside to see it.