Monday, January 21, 2013

reflections on iceland

sunrise in akureyri

I just returned from a five day trip to iceland with my friend natalie and it was truly amazing. one of my good friends, who is an avid traveler, told me reykjavik is one of his top cities so I knew I was going to be in for a treat. 

we started off in reykjavik and then made our way up north to akureyri. we went to akureyri to see the northern lights. unfortunately, the weather was not in our favor and we only saw a few small patches of the colorful phenomenon. I saw the northern lights about 12 years ago in greenland [side story: it is to this day one of my favorite memories. I will never forget standing on the upper deck of our ship watching bright green lights dance across the sky. its also a special memory for me because I got to see the northern lights with my grandfather, who would become sick soon after and would be unable to travel again] so I can't complain too much about not seeing it. 

after our northern experience we made our way back to reykjavik for two days. during these two days we ate amazing food, went whale watching, toured the golden circle, drank delicious hot chocolate, and  visited the blue lagoon. 

my friend jon was definitely right, iceland is a fantastic place to visit and another trip is already in the works! iceland also ignited a curiosity about scandanavia so I'm brainstorming a trip to sweden and finland.

tomorrow and wednesday I will share my photos from the trip. also, I was on instagram during the trip so you can check out more of my photos there (@KatieBartels) and also follow my future travels.

oh, and naturally my winter 2013 collection will be inspired by my trip. I picked up lots of colorful Icelandic wool when I was in reykjavik and I've signed up for knitting classes so get excited for what's in store :)

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