We new instantly where we wanted to go on honeymoon when we got engaged…Iceland. It is somewhere both of us had always wanted to go to. My undergraduate degree was in Geology and have spent many hours studying the geology of Iceland so was incredibly excited.
As it was our honeymoon and we had never been before we decided to book our holiday with Discover the World. On arrival in Keflavik airport you get a hire car with an iPad with your itinerary for the week on it and off you go! We arrived at the airport to torrential rain and incredibly strong winds (I could barely open the car door), then we drove the 70km to our first hotel, the Hotel Ranga on the south coast.We stayed in three different hotels during our week on Iceland.
Hotel Ranga was great, we stayed there for two nights. We arrived, tired and looking forward to eating. Being vegetarian we were fully prepared to find eating in Iceland to be difficult, minimal choice, not very exciting options but all of those worries disappeared on our first night. We checked into our room and then headed for dinner in the hotel. We were amazed to see three vegetarian options for starters and one main course. I had the cauliflower to start which was amazing, one of my favourite dishes in our whole time there. It was roasted and served with pickled vegetables. I love the Scandinavian use of pickled vegetables in their dishes.
We had an amazing time exploring Iceland, we ventured from Vik to the West fjords, touched a glacier, stood on the edge of a volcanic crater, saw incredible waterfalls, freaked out when my wedding and engagement rings turned yellow from the sulphur in the water at Hotel Glymur (easily rectified on our return home!).
There is so much I could write about Iceland, we really didn’t want to come home, the landscape, people, quietness and just shear beauty of everything captured our hearts.
One final mention of food (of course!) we found an incredible vegetarian restaurant in Reykjavik called Glo. It is a vegetarian restaurant with lots of vegan, gluten free and raw options. We had the raw pizza which was amazing. I have been disappointed with other raw food restaurants but this experience was brilliant. I would definitely recommend everyone to go and eat there. At the airport on the way back to Scotland I bought Raw by Solla Eiriksdottir who owned the restaurant, it is a beautiful book and I can not wait to make lots of the recipes from it.
Now to earn some money so we can go back and discover more of Iceland.