15 things you should think of before leaving for your road trip in Iceland

I recently went on the most amazing road trip I have ever done. I went to explore Iceland in a minivan and it was the most crazy adventure! I discovered, I loved, I lived but I also figured out a few things that I wish I knew before! And I am about to share them with you guys so you can be a little more prepared than I was!

1.Bring a rain coat, swimwear and 5 winter jumpers. 

The weather changes drastically! One moment you can be sitting in the sun while swimming in the geysers. The other moment you find yourself in the middle of a storm soaking wet and being blown away by the wind. Even still in May you might even wake up to snow! Iceland has the most unpredictable weather conditions, even the locals will tell you!  So be prepared for anything!!

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2. Stop at every gasstation you see.

Seriously, stop every time you see a gasstation and make sure to fuel up!! You won’t know when the next time will be! And trust me, you don’t want to end up with no fuel, sometimes there are hours in between gasstations or even villages!!

3. If you hire a car at one of the car/van hires ask for a discount card! 

At most car hires you can ask for a discount card which will enable you to have free wifi, discount on gasoline and a free coffee at every gasstation! This sounds like a pretty good deal to me!

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4.Take advantage of the free wifi at the gasstations.

If you are bringing your laptop or just don’t have internet abroad take advantage of the free wifi in every gasstation! Go inside and enjoy a coffee and some Skyr (an Icelandic yoghurt, a must try!! So delicious!!) while using the free internet! Or just stay in the car and park in the parking lot close to the gasstation! – Don’t forget to upload your pictures on Instagram to make everyone jealous!!

5. Food and daily necessities are expensive. 

Keep into consideration that life is rather expensive out there. Daily necessities and grocery shopping will quickly get very expensive. For the cheapest prices go to a supermarket named Bonus, here you will find everything you need and the best deals!

6. Book in advance. 

If you want to visit famous or popular spots make sure to book in advance! Places such as Blue Lagoon, or if you want to go Whale watching in Husavik make sure to book early! This way you will prevent disappointment as these get very busy and it will even be cheaper!

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 7. Make sure your car/van, and every object that stays inside the car is waterproof.

Storms can get very heavy and it can rain for days, so it is very important that your car/van is waterproof! If you are not 100% then make sure the objects (camera, laptops etc.) are safe!!

8. Take a multi car charger.

If you are tracking around Iceland you will want to take pictures, film, and use your phone all at the same time. However this might be difficult when everything runs out of battery! So the best way to keep everything fully charged is to buy a multi charger for in the car so you can charge as many as you need at the same time!

9. Take your best walking shoes.

Iceland is full of beautiful places, and in order to get to almost every place you will either have to walk or hike in order to get there! Don’t worry, the walks are absolutely gorgeous and you will love them, but you wont enjoy it as much if you don’t have the right shoes!! The landscape varies from place to place, you can walk on sand one moment and the next you will be hiking up a slippery rocky mountain. Bring comfortable, strong and non-slippery shoes/boots! – Also bring a few plasters just incase!!

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10. Take extra camera batteries and memory cards. 

When you are out there going on adventures you won’t stop taking pictures. Every landscape, every hike, every swim, every encounter, it will just stun you and you will want to capture every moment of it. And you will see that the moment you think you are about to take the perfect shot your memory card will be full and you will miss that perfect moment!! (You will always keep believing that that shot would of been the best shot you have ever taken..and regret it forever and always!! Yep, talking from experience here…) So always take extra batteries and memory cards!!

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11. Take your thickest sleeping bag! (And a sleeping mask) 

The sun may shine in the day but don’t let that fool you! At night it can get really, but really cold. Pack your thickest sleeping bag and make sure to take warm clothes to sleep in!! If you are going in the summer months you might also want to take a sleeping mask. In the summer the days are very long and nights will never become fully dark. This may be deceiving and mess with your brain a little! Wear a sleeping mask so you go to sleep in the dark and so you wont wake up from the light!

12. Make sure you have internet abroad.

Make sure you have a navigation or even better a phone with internet! We tried to use a map at first, but quickly found ourselves needing help from our dear friend Google Maps! Many places are not shown on the paper maps, sometimes you will need to hike to destinations or all you have are coordinates of the place you want to go to.. a phone will definitely help you out!

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13. Visit popular spots or attractions early in the morning or in the evening.

If you want to visit popular spots or attractions make sure to go either early in the morning or late in the evening. This is when they are the least busy!

14. Plan your trip in advance.

Make sure to write down all the places you want to visit and plan your trip in advance. This way you can create your perfect route and keep some kind of schedule! This will really help you to keep on track and see everything you want to see!

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15. Try their hotdogs!

Last but not least!! Make sure to try a hotdog at a gasstation! Iceland is known for their delicious hotdogs and every gasstation will have them on their menu! They are extremely cheap and full of flavor! Its a must!!

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So there we have it! Some tips to make your unforgettable road trip even more amazing! I loved it and I am sure you will fall in love with its magic too! X

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Road trip from Lugano to St-Moritz

As we stretched our legs we decided that it would be the perfect morning to grab our stuff and get going on a road trip! With as our next destination St-Moritz! Lugano is only about 2.5 hours from Lugano, and its one of the most beautiful trips I have ever done. You gradually climb your way up the mountains, cross bridges that are build over the abyss, and pass waterfalls formed by huge rocks. The higher you climb, the more beautiful the view gets. The closer you get to St-Moritz the more turquoise the water gets. The whole trip is absolutely breathtaking.

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The breathtaking views will just continue to amaze you once you arrive in St-Moritz. As you look over the turquoise water sailing boats will cross the horizon. In the background fields of green and high mountains. Even the houses suite the beautiful scene and make the picture complete. We drove into the most romantic movie scene, and I am not planning on leaving it anytime soon!

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With an espresso in our hand we put our feet in the water and watch the sails go by. It’s the most amazing place to go for long and beautiful walks. Both in the summer and in the winter you have plenty of activities and it will be buzzing with energy! The scenery also changes drastically, but I cant decide whats more beautiful, the image below with fresh green grass, or filled with snow. Can you image what its like? It would be winter wonderland. – I cant wait for the first snowflakes to fall and sit in front of the fire with my hot coco, looking outside of the frosty window and seeing the town covered in fairy lights. (Let me just burst my own bubble!) But for now, lets enjoy the green fields, warm lake and beautiful mountains!

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In the next few days I will be showing you all about St-Moritz! And tomorrow is a special day! Il be telling you all about it! X

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The most fun beach in Lugano

So there we go, in our Fiat 500 cruising down the mountains following the lake. The hot air flows through the car, blowing our hair into the air. Its a beautiful morning for exploring and spending the day in the sun. If you ever drive through Switzerland or Italy you will notice that you are determent to stop every 5 minutes to take a picture of the breathtaking view, that seems to become more and more beautiful as you continue driving.

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You will also notice that after taking a picture of the amazing view you will want to dive right into the lake. Now there are many, but many beautiful spots to go to and enjoy a cooling dive while looking out onto the mountains. However, there is a spot where you can lay down your towel onto the sand underneath your parasol and dive into the lake. But you can also dive from a 10m diving board into a beautiful swimming pool. Or if you just want to leave the kids to get rid of their energy and you just want some peace and quiet then go to the cafe and enjoy a coffee while dangling your feet in the water. Its the perfect place to come if you want to get in some exercise (swimming in an olympic size pool) or just want to enjoy a day in the sun with your family. The beach is called Lido Di Lugano and it is definitely worth a visit when in Lugano.

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Lido Di Lugano

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In this exact moment I am dangling my feet in the water next to a beautiful white swan. We both seem to be enjoying the most stunning view. I am in love with this place and tomorrow I will tell you all about it! – Trust me, you will fall in love with it to.

Road trip from Normandy to Holland

In Deauville every sunset is more beautiful than the last. The colours appear more vibrant, and the sky seems more clear. But once in a while you get a special sunset. One with thunder and rain. Heavy clouds surrounded by vibrant colours. Light shines through the rain onto the water. A perfect rain storm.

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I believe that when the sunsets its a magical moment, a golden moment. I can never stop staring until you finally see that moment where the sun only takes seconds to disappear behind the wall of sea. But this time I have to leave the perfect storm behind, and leave for another adventure. The next few days will include a lot of travelling! To some beautiful places! My next stop? Holland!

And what is a more beautiful road trip than travelling from Normandy to Holland? Both countries have the most magical landscapes. – The trip might take a little longer as I will be stopping every 5 min to take a picture..

So there I go, ready to take on another day, another adventure, another beautiful sunset.

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Road trip to Saint-Tropez!

After pushing the last piece of luggage in the boot of the car using both hands and feet we were finally ready for our road trip! Starting from Eindhoven (my home town where I had flown to the night before), with as a final destination St-Tropez! 10 hours may seem like a long trip, but sing (shout) along to some music, have some coffee breaks and stick your head out of the window for a bit and the trip will fly by!

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Pitch stop in Beaune at Hotel Le Cèdre

Half way through we decided to stop at a beautiful hotel named Hotel Le Cèdre. I must say, the food is incredible here. They have a Michelin Star restaurant named The Clos du Cèdre and I can honestly say they deserve that star! They have a beautiful garden in which you can sit and enjoy the green surroundings! This hotel is actually located very close near the highway! – Which you wont notice at all while sitting in the garden drinking your deserved cup of coffee in peace! Which makes it perfect for a pitch stop!

– A little tip: Try their chocolate desserts. They are famous for them!! Every little things is home made and so delicious!!

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Once we were back on the road time went past quickly and before we knew it we were in St-Tropez! A little bit further there is a place named St-Maxime, which is literally opposite St-Tropez! It is extremely beautiful and has the most incredible vibe! I’ll be giving you tips and telling you all about this amazing place in the upcoming blogs! So keep updated!

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