By: Hipmunk Staff
Hipmunk’s content strategist, Fiona Moriarty, took a break from, well, strategizing content and headed off to Iceland to take a much-needed breath of fresh air after some big life changes. A competitive triathlete, Moriarty refused to sacrifice her training and wanted a beautiful, outdoorsy, and safe location for her first solo vacation.
“Solo travel is a great time to get to know yourself again,” Moriarty said. “It forces you to be independent and puts you in the mindset of I’m kicking ass and surviving, instead of, ‘poor me, I’m on my own.'”
And while she left Hipmunk headquarters physically behind, she brought us along in spirit as she climbed fjords, explored waterfalls, and learned how to drive a stick purely out of necessity (rental cars, sigh).
Oh, yeah. She also climbed a glacier during a snowstorm. Kicking ass and surviving, indeed.
For a look at her full itinerary, scroll down after the gallery.[supsystic-gallery id=1 position=center]
Boston–> Reykjavik–> Selfoss-Vik-Hofn–> Reykjavik–> Boston
Visited the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa; learned how to drive a stick shift; went to Guide to Iceland to meet with Xiaochen (travel planner extraordinaire); snorkeled between continental plates with Adventurebox and returned to my Hipmunk-procured Airbnb lodging.
Rented a bike and cycled three hours out to Geysir and Thingvellir ( the original seat of parliament in Iceland). Went to the biggest geothermal pool and hot tub complex in the city, Laugardalur, and back into the city for a late dinner.
Back to Laugardalur in the morning for a swim, then drove to the eastern coast. Stops included Selfoss and its secret waterfall (rainbow surprise appearance); visited where the volcano erupted; arrived in Skaftafell for our glacier hike briefing.
Glacier Hike: Fourteen hours of hiking ice storms and the most challenging/bonding experience I’ve ever experienced with a bunch of strangers.
Day 5 :
Explored Hofn and the surrounding areas; hiked a few mountains; visited a glacial lagoon (unreal photos and video).
Day 6 :
Drove back to Reykjavik; explored super interesting rock formations native to Iceland; two hours of horseback riding; ran through the city; went to a concert (interviewed the band- they opened for Animal Collective); experienced Reykjavik nightlife with a local.
13-mile run; shopped; made my way back to the States.