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First day in Iceland - Keflavik, Silfra and Snorkelling

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While everyone else is planning an exotic summer holiday,me and Nick were thinking about visiting ...Iceland.Yeah,that's right, cold,windy , unpredictable Iceland.It's actually quite strange how I picked this place, Iceland wasn't on my mind until earlier this year, after I've seen another vlogger's youtube video and I thought wow,that looks like such a cool place!

One day when work was a bit too much,in my lunch break I started looking for cheap flight tickets to...pretty much anywhere, when I found some really really cheap tickets to Iceland.I didn't think twice and immediately bought them.Fast forward to the day that we had our flight, or should I say the day that we should have had our flight...because we missed it. You can read here all about it: http://pixnkix.com/the-lost-flight-to-iceland-reykjavik/ .

So we missed our flight and had to stay 2 days in London at our friends place- thank you so much Daniela and Gica- and Friday morning we had our flight to Keflavik and believe me,we did NOT want to miss it this time.
A couple of days before arriving there we have booked a snorkelling tour for Nick and unfortunately I could not do it because you aren't allowed if you do not know how to swim,which is my case.

So we landed at Keflavik airport, took our car from the car rental company which by the way,  was smelling like dog food and we had a couple of hours to explore Iceland until Nick had his snorkelling tour in Silfra.
We went to the local supermarket to buy some food and then went to Thingvellir National Park , having some stops every now and again because the landscape was truly breathtaking.

Let me tell you a bit more about Silfra.
Silfra is a fissure between the two tectonic plates, the North American and Eurasian and it is the only one in the world where you can actually do snorkelling and scuba diving.It all started in 1789 because of a series of earthquakes and the crack quickly filled with melted glacier water from the nearby glaciers. The water is so clear and clean that you have a visibility of almost 100 meters and you can actually drink it.Be aware, because of the glaciers the water is constantly cold with a temperature between 2-4 °C so you cannot dive without a dry suit and gloves.


About the experience, Nick says: 
'Having the snorkelling equipment from https://www.simplyscuba.com/  made this experience so much more comfortable. The googles were a perfect fit for my face, it didn't let any drops of water get in and the foot fins made it really easy to swim with them.I would recommend to try at least once in your life to do snorkelling in Silfra!'

While he had the time of his life,I was outside, in the wind , freezing and thinking about the hot chocolate and cookie that was promised at the end of his tour.
After finishing the tour we went to our hotel to have some much needed rest.

I really wish that I could have snorkelled at Silfra,but maybe one day I will, until then I am already planning an exotic vacation where I can actually use my snorkelling set from https://www.simplyscuba.com/collections/snorkelling.

Tell me, have you ever visited Iceland?

*we received the snorkelling set for a review,but the thoughts are 100% our own.

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8 comentarii:

  1. Wow... what an amazing time you must have had! The pictures that you have added to this post are amazing and I just love dreading your post. I most definitely would love to visit Iceland and honestly.... I would have never thought of snorkeling there as it is so cold but the water looks beautiful!

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  2. Iceland wasn’t on our travel list yet, but would want to add this one hopefully if we’re done with our priority travel bucket list. You know, this speaks to a higher level of adventure for our family!

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  3. Wow, the water in Silfa is amazingly blue! What an incredible place to visit. Definitely a place I would love to check out.

    Jackie - Organised Mum Life

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  4. Oh wow I have always wanted to go to Iceland. It looks absolutely fantastic!! I bet snorkelling would be a real experience!!

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  5. I LOVE ICELAND!! Scuba-diving and snorkeling in Silfra is one thing we didn't do while we were there. Hopefully next time!

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  6. What an adventurous and memorable trip to Iceland. I can imagine getting stalled for your flights may be frustrating, but if you're in beautiful London, I think that is a treat in itself. That national park is incredible. I was shocked that Iceland and snorkeling went together in the same sentence. What an awesome trip.

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  7. I so wanna experience Iceland! I've only ever transited through and I love the pictures I see of it. I've never heard of Silfra but I'm not brave to snorkel in those icy waters so kudos to ya!

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  8. What a lovely experience. The pictures are so beautiful. I would love to visit Iceland one day.

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