Today’s post is celebrating a big milestone in my expat life. I have survived my first year in Iceland! I already shared with you all my amazing day at the Blue Lagoon to celebrate my milestone, but my entire 12 month in Iceland was full of wonderful things and in need of a recap.
With that lets get to by 12 month in Iceland and all the wonderful things I got up to.
Three hours being wined and dined at the Blue Lagoon
This year I am on the committee for our works annual ball and we are planning on having it at the Blue Lagoon and where invited to sample the menu for our event. During our dining experience I felt like I was VIP, a new wine to match each dish, the chef coming out to explain everything we were eating, the most beautiful dishes I have seen, ya it was basically amazing!
One sunny fall afternoon playing tourist
H and I took full advantage of the perfect fall weather and spent a Saturday afternoon exploring Reykjavik like tourists. There are so many wonderful spots in the city that are popular stops for tourist but the locals tend to never visit, it is a shame because they are all so beautiful. Always makes me appreciate my city a bit more when I get out and view it with different eyes.
Weekly Friday work breakfasts spent stuffing my face
Okay not the prettiest picture but this event is a highlight every week. On Friday mornings we have a breakfast club at work where a group brings in goodies for us to enjoy. The picture above is from when my group was responsible for bringing in breakfast, the homemade breads and tasty treats are always amazing. It is such a great way to start a Friday, delicious breakfast, chats with your co-workers, basically a mini party to kick off the weekend!
Two runs on my favorite path by the sea
I knew the snow and ice was on its way so I took advantage of any decent day we had to get out and run on my favorite path.
Unfortunately the ongoing volcanic eruption happening here in Iceland sent gas our way that kept me exercising indoors for the past few weeks. And now the snow is here, sigh. At least I got a few more runs in before winter.
Five day trip to Amsterdam booked!
Living in Iceland makes traveling to other European countries much more difficult (and expensive) than living in mainland Europe. So when we see a good flight deal we jump on it and this is how we ended up booking a trip to Amsterdam over Easter. I can’t wait to stroll the canals and hopefully visit some tulip fields.
One chilly morning exploring Þingvellir
While I was not prepared for the snow our morning at þingvellir was beautiful. If you missed it you can find the whole recap here.
Stunning right? I already am looking forward to returning to Þingvellir next fall, hopefully without snow.
Countless smiles when I walk pass this sign
I see this sign every time I walk downtown and it always makes me smile. I love the attitude here in Reykjavik!
Twelve months living in Iceland celebrated
Did I mention my Viking is a keeper? Not only was I spoiled with a weekend full of pampering but I also came home from work on my expativersary to be treated to these beautiful flowers.
Two hours soaking in the Blue Lagoon
I know I have talked about this like a dozen times but hey a one year expativersary is a big deal and the Blue Lagoon is too pretty to not post constant pictures of!
Through all the challenges that this year has brought my way I am happy to be ending the year on a high note and I am proud of the way I have grown. I have put myself out there more times than I can count, dealt with many feelings of homesickness, and taken several risks that have both paid off and failed. I have started to learn a new language, experienced Icelandic traditions and can now navigate my way around the city with ease. While I know that there will be many more difficult things that come my way I am finally feeling at home here in Iceland.
Previous by the numbers month recaps:
First Month in Iceland by the Numbers
Second Month in Iceland by the Numbers
Third Month in Iceland by the Numbers
Fourth Month in Iceland by the Numbers
Fifth Month in Iceland by the Numbers
Sixth Month in Iceland by the Numbers
Seventh Month in Iceland by the Numbers
8th Month in Iceland by the Numbers
9th Month in Iceland by the Numbers
10th Month in Iceland by the Numbers
11th Month in Iceland by the Numbers