Avec WowAir et Icelandair qui se sont joints au party à YUL, pas étonnant qu’à peu près tout le monde que je connais (j’exagère à peine) prévoit un voyage en Islande cet été. En vrai, c’est tant mieux, parce que c’est réellement une destination coup de coeur et les paysages sont imbattables! À la demande générale, je vous ai donc fait une petite liste de quoi emporter en Islande en été. C’est pas gentil, ça? Vous êtes mieux de me rapporter un souvenir… genre un macareux ou une baleine. C’est une liste faite pour un voyage de 14 jours en camping car, mais bon, si ce n’est pas exactement votre plan, ça vous donnera quand même une idée. Vêtements L’été en Islande ne veut pas dire canicule et mini jupe. Même si ce n’est pas aussi froid que certains peuvent le penser, je peux quand même affirmer avec certitude que vous n’aurez pas besoin de shorts. Vous ne porterez que des pantalons. La température en juin tourne autour de 10 à 15 degrés celcius. Certains endroits sont particulièrement humides et venteux, donc si vous êtes sensible au froid, apportez une tuque légère, un foulard, et des gants. En plus, le foulard […]
On August 20, my friend Pascale, from the blog Scouich asked me to write a collaborative post with her about driving abroad. Since her blog is in French and mine is in Frenglish English, she wanted to translate it so both our audiences can benefit from our tips. That’s so nice of her! So here’s the edited post, originally published as Conduire à l’étranger: règles de base While she was in Belgium, Pascale had the privilege to have access to a car for free, but she was scared to death to drive in another country. She was even scared to drive her own car through USA and she likes to know exactly where she’s going. For my part, I drove 2000km during a road trip in Iceland and I drove along the Pacific coast highway from San Francisco to L.A. Funny thing : both roads are called Route 1! Fortunately, no left-side driving, but a good exercise of my capacity of adaptation. So here are a few lessons Pascale and I learned from our experience of driving in another country. In black, you can read Pascale’s tips and mines are in green. 1- Learn to drive manual vehicles It would be better to learn […]
There’s more original things in Iceland than the cohabitation of fire and ice. I never stop studying this country and here are 10 things I learned recently about Iceland. 1. There’s no mosquitoes Iceland is the only country in the world where there’s no mosquitoes. The climate there is just not compatible with their reproductive cycle. Maybe this fact is a reason for the second point… 2. Nudity is something normal If you go to public pools, you’ll have to take a shower completely naked in front of everybody. No swimming suit. While it is certainly not common in other countries, it’s totally normal in Iceland and nobody will even look at you. If you go to a hot pound in the country-side, chances are high that people will just bath in their Adam’s and Eve’s clothes. 3. Family names don’t exist People have a first name, and their « family name » is made of the name of their father followed by the word « son » or « dottir » (daughter). For example, my father is named Serge, so I’ll be Annie Sergedottir. My brother is named Marc so he would be Marc Sergeson. Everybody refers to other by their first named. It applies for the […]
Iceland is a country like no other to visit. It is a land of glaciers and volcanos, hot springs and freezing wind gusts. More people would probably visit this small island of 325 000 inhabitants if it wasn’t of its reputation of being such an expensive place. But… Though it is true that it can be one of the most expensive countries to visit, it recently became accessible for budget vacation, given you’re ready to do some compromise. Budget vacation in Iceland are not for everyone. Namely, you have to fit in those four categories : 1. You like winter To get the lowest price, you need to travel off-season, so roughly between mid-september to the end of April. That means winter, cold, snow, icy roads, but also awesome winter landscapes and possibly some northern lights. You better have warm clothes and be good to drive in winter conditions. 2. You can travel light The cheapest flights you’re gonna find include only 5kg (12lbs) of hand luggage. You better choose wisely what you want to bring with you. 3. You love hiking Hiking will be your main occupation during your trip. It’s free, and it’s also one of the best activities you can do during a trip in Iceland. 4. […]
Iceland can be a tricky country when comes the time to pack for your trip. Is it very cold? What’s the weather’s like in summer? Let me simplify your planning answering this question: What to pack for Iceland in Summer? This list is made for a 14 Days road trip in Iceland in a camping car, but, if it’s not exactly what you’re planning, it’ll give you a good base anyway. Clothes Even if it’s summer time in Iceland, it doesn’t mean it’s hot. While it’s not as cold as some may think, I can tell you that it’s absolutely not necessary to pack shorts. You’ll only wear pants. Temperature is around 10C-15C. Some places are very humid and windy, if you’re sensitive to cold, bring a winter hat, a scarf, and gloves. The scarf will be very handy if you visit Myvatn region, to protect you from the midge. Despite the temperature, pools are part of the Icelandic culture, there’s always a pool, even in the very small village. Don’t go without your swimsuit! There’s an expression in Iceland saying »If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes »! Be sure to bring layers and a raincoat no matter what the weather looks […]
Since my 14 days road trip in Iceland has been a success, I thought it would be fun to share my complete itinerary so you can use it as an inspiration. There were long days, long drives, some more relaxing days, but each one of these proved that Iceland is one of the most beautiful place on Earth. You probably want to read this first: 14 Days Itinerary in Iceland – Part 1 ** Day 8 – Mývatn Oh, what a strange place is the region of Mývatn! All the weirdness of Icelandic nature concentrate around this lake. We passed the day driving around it, from site to site. You’ll never be bored in this region. ** ** Must-see : Hverir Krafla volcano Stora-Viti crater Leirhnjúkur Grjótagjá Dimmuborgir ** ** It was all an adventure to explore this region. Curious? You might want to read more about Mývatn. Total Km for the day: 220 km Total Km: 1330km ** Day 9 -Húsavík & Akureyri I highly recommend to go out of the Ring Road and take the 87 to Húsavík. As you already know if you follow my adventures around the world, I love everything about fish. In Húsavík, I had the most amazing whale […]
Since my 14 days road trip in Iceland has been a success, I thought it would be fun to share my complete itinerary so you can use it as an inspiration. There were long days, long drives, some more relaxing days, but each one of these proved that Iceland is one of the most beautiful place on Earth. ** Day 1 – Getting there The first day is generally a »lost » day, unless you’re a fan of living in a plane. From Montreal to Keflavík, it took about 12 hours, including a stop in New York. We arrived at the airport and just took the Fly bus to go to Reykjavík. I rent a cute room on AirBnb and we rested to catch on with the jet lag. By the way, Airbnb is way less expensive in Rekjavik than hotel room. You should take a look! Sign up to Airbnb with this link and get a $25 credit towards your first stay! Try to stay awake during the bus ride, the volcanic landscapes worth the look! ** Day 2 – Reykjavik We explored the town by foot. Since is very small, it’s easy to go from one spot to another. This country […]
A good playlist is so important during a road trip! I like to choose music that fit landscapes. For the supernatural beauty of Iceland, I prepared a mixtape with Icelandic musicians we already know, some new bands I discovered, and a few of my favorite bands. This playlist will be your perfect co-pilot on the Route 1!