To Iceland, With Love

Well, this is it. I’m sitting in the Reykjavik airport sipping on my last Icelandic coffee and giving my back a rest from my filled backpack that’s way too overloaded with souvenirs. My flight back to Toronto takes off at 10:30 a.m.

I got in late last night from the Blue Lagoon, just around 12:15 a.m. I’ve got to admit, I was on the fence about visiting the Blue Lagoon. I had read mixed reviews about the place online (again, with the reading too much) but in the end, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go. But because I booked so late, I only had one time option of 11 p.m. Ugh. By the time I got to my guesthouse in Reykjanesbær, I was wiped out (common theme here, right?) and was really questioning my decision to go. Of course the bottle of wine that I, along with my lovely host and two other wonderful guests from Dallas, killed didn’t help my state of sleepiness.

But, it turned out to be a great decision. The water felt amazing and since it was later at night, there were fewer people. I was able to take my GoPro in and snap some pics (sorry that they’re a bit blurry!).

So now, I fly back home with an empty wallet and a full heart. I saw some amazing things, met some fantastic people and was introduced to a country that now has a small, yet significant, paragraph in my life story. I’m sure I’ll be asked a million times what my favorite part of the trip was. And I’m not quite sure I can answer that, because the experience itself was one-of-a-kind. Also, many people asked me why I went on my own — and the answer is simply, because I could, because I’m able and because I wanted to see a damn amazing place on my terms. That’s it. It was pretty empowering to traveling abroad on my own and I have wonderful parents to thank for instilling that independent spirit in me (Thanks Mom and Dad! ❤️).

Did I miss Ben and wish that he was here with me? Absolutely. But, anyone who knows us knows that’s unfortunately not the way our lives (and mostly his job) are structured. At the same time, he, and my other loved ones were never far from my mind. It seemed like every time I would turn around, I’d say “Ah, Ben would love this,” or “OMG, {insert name} would love that!” I did that more that I thought I would without giving it a second thought. Funny how that works.

So with that my friends, I’ve reached the end of my Icelandic adventure but hopefully a new one with new places, people and experiences will be in the future to share. Thanks for coming along with me!

Lífið er Fallegt (Life is Beautiful),


TravelMegan WagnerIceland