Day 5 - December 31st. The alarm went off, and I had a decision to make. Would I go run six miles in the rain and wind, or would I have a day of exploring a city I only briefly touched on my first visit? My weather app made the decision for me. Rain and… Continue reading Finding Myself at 65°N – The Solo Icelandic Winter Adventure Day 5: A Reykjavík New Year’s Eve
Day 4 - December 30th I did it! I slept in! It only took me three mornings to figure out how to do it! This was a day I quite didn't know what to do really. I had looked into venturing to the western edge of Snæfellsnes, but then realized that would be a lot… Continue reading Finding Myself at 65°N – The Solo Icelandic Winter Adventure Day 4: Filling My Heart in the Lava Fields
December 29th - Day 3... The wind was whipping when I awoke, still way before anyone else in the guesthouse (still hadn't figured out to just sleep in). The appeal of Iceland is it's natural beauty, which is hard to see when it's COMPLETELY DARK, so I knew I didn't want to get too early… Continue reading Finding Myself at 65°N – The Solo Icelandic Winter Adventure Day 3: Living My Best Life on Snæfellsnes
December 26th - The day was here. Suitcases had been packed and repacked with care, in hopes that Iceland would soon be near... The 9:30am departure from Laramie was smooth sailing under sunny Wyoming skies (and then polluted Colorado skies) and a blanket of snow. Apart from crushing a fairly new pair of sunglasses with… Continue reading Finding Myself at 65°N – The Solo Icelandic Winter Adventure Day 1: Reykjanes & Golden Circle
The morning of our sixth day came with a bit of sadness as we bid farewell to Mika and his family, and set out for Helsinki via the bus from Kotka. I wrote a standalone post about our day in Helsinki HERE: A Spring Day in Helsinki Staying at the Hilton at the Helsinki airport… Continue reading We’re Not “Finnish-ed,” We’re Just Getting Started!: Days 6 & 7 – Taste of Helsinki and a dash of Brighton!
Our Saturday morning was slow going, but eventually we dragged ourselves from the hotel room and down to breakfast. First up was a Kotka city bus tour for the conference participants. It was in Finnish, but Mika tried to translate for us when possible. It was a nice drive around, but Kubo and I decided… Continue reading We’re Not “Finnish-ed,” We’re Just Getting Started!: Days 4 & 5 – Exploring more of Kotka
"Mika wants us to come out for a conference." And so the trip was born... I'm a planner. Like, I totally planned my adventure to Iceland over the course of four years (YEARS people, YEARS). I knew more about Iceland than I swore some people who live there knew. I had a massive binder with the… Continue reading We’re Not “Finnish-ed,” We’re Just Getting Started!: Day 1 – Denver to London to Helsinki