Saturday, 10 January 2015

Hello 2015 & What I Did in Iceland


Yes, I know I'm very late with this, but here we go... Happy new year everyone! I have a few updates since I last posted, so here's the first... In December, I went on a plane for the first time in my LIFE, and traveled to Iceland for a Christmassy break. A few people have been asking about it, so here it is.


View from Hallgrimskirkja church. You can see my hotel from here!!

Iceland was lovely. I stayed in the city centre of Reykjavik, right near the Hallgrimskirkja church (which has an amazing view from the top) and close to so many ace cafes and lovely shops. I was only there a few days, and wish I'd had time to visit them all! I did spend a day buying gifts and checking out the shops - there were so many tasteful gifts to bring back, and I don't even want to think about what I spent. The city was utterly adorable, all the buildings were colourful and cute, and I didn't see one tacky Christmas light. Every light I saw was tasteful and pretty, which was nice, and lots of the houses looked like gingerbread men lived there. Oh, and while I was there, the entire city was covered in snow! I even saw diamond dust one morning (as I was making my way to the hotel's breakfast buffet, oh yeah), which I'd been wanting to see for ages. I also saw the aurora borealis (or northern lights to people from t'North, like me), and that was what I expected - magical. I went on a tour of the Golden Circle, which included seeing the massive Gulfoss waterfall and Geysir, meeting some cutie horses in the middle of nowhere, walking the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and talking to the tour guide about trolls. I even met some crazy geese on a frozen pond, in the middle of the city. I wish I'd brought some bread for them, but they seemed to like me anyway. I bought a lopapeysa. I tried skyr. I listened to a Chinese tour guide sing opera on a bus at night, for no reason (she was pretty good). I visited the Phallological Museum (also known as the Penis Museum). That was crazy. I clambered about the snowy city of Reykjavik for four days, like nobody's business. It was well ace. Apart from, of course, the failed attempt at whale watching. That was the one negative part of my journey - no whales were spotted that day, but I did discover I get seasick pretty easily. And so do lots of other tourists. Horrific. But yes, Iceland is a little gem, and I'd certainly recommend. Just make sure you have lots of layers on beforehand, it got a bit chilly at times.

Here's more holiday snapz ~

Looking chilly by a waterfall (this one was a lot smaller than Gulfoss)
The Lights!!

Typical Icelandic wall
Original Coca-cola lorry
Friendly birdies on the last night
The Sun Voyager sculpture!
I didn't even slip here (I did near Geysir though, of course)
dat Geysir tho
Fluffy Icelandic horses that my mum would have adored
Lookin' froz'd on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
A sample of colourful Reykjavik!
Hallgrimskirkja - the pretty church outside the hotel

Since I got back, Christmas has come and gone, and I'm now back to work! (And also playing lots of Nintendo). Looking forward to this year, I have a good feeling about it. I'm going back to Uni in September to do an MA in Children's Book Illustration, so I especially can't wait for that! Lots of new work in the pipeline, so make sure you follow me on facebook to keep up to date!

Thanks for stopping by,

Soph x