As you may know, this past November I went on a weekend "girls" trip with my Mother, Aunt and my Aunt's friends to Iceland. To be honest, I went to Iceland with ZERO expectations. I basically knew it was going to be really cold, and that it was one of the few places in the world where you can see the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights was the primary reason we were visiting the country to begin with. Let's just say Iceland FAR exceeded my expectations. I'd absolutely love to go back sometime I enjoyed it so much. I was blown away not just by the beauty of the country, but also its people. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Another thing that surprised me was the shopping in Reykjavik, the country's capital. I came home with so many awesome, unique pieces from the many independent designers who all had boutiques in town. Though I took over 300 photos while there, these are some of my favorite images during my trip. Knowing I was going to try to catch the Northern Lights, I brought all my good camera gear with me so I got some pretty amazing images to remember this trip by. I had a few readers ask me about my experience eating vegan while in Iceland. All in all, I was pretty lucky. We stayed at the Hilton and right across the street was a fantastic raw/health food restaurant called Glo that the locals recommended. I also accidentally stumbled across a health food store behind the hotel that was chock full of vegan goodies, including soy milk and cookies. Funny thing is I got some soy milk to have with cereal at the hotel, only to the next day find the hotel had gotten some to put out at the buffet since I was asking for it the day prior. Talk about great service! All the staff at most of the restaurants knew what vegan meant and guided me to appropriate items I could order. There was only one place I think accidentally served me butter, which I knew due to me being allergic to dairy and getting really horrible stomach aches. Otherwise pretty much everywhere I went, even including local coffee shops in Reykjavik had vegan options, many of which were clearly marked with the universal V sign. If you have any questions on where I ate and specifics on what I visited and did, please feel free to message me!
image credit: www.universetoday.com Yesterday, I confirmed details to go on a quick weekend "girls" vacation in November with the women in my family to Iceland. We're specifically going over in attempt to see the northern lights, so fingers crossed it's cold enough when we visit to see them! The ladies all went last year (I couldn't make it) and they enjoyed it so much they planned another one for this year. There will be a lot of spa time, dining, sight-seeing, and best of all those pretty lights in the sky. It should be a pleasant break from work just prior to the craziness of the holiday season. While I'm excited to be going, I'm somewhat petrified on what I'm going to eat over there. I have zero knowledge of nordic food, nevermind vegan nordic options (if they even exist!). If you're a vegan and you've been to Iceland, please send me your recommendations! I'd really appreciate any information anyone can send me. I'm also looking for any feedback and information on what to pack, especially while visiting in November. If you've been to Iceland and have any tips, let me know!