About

Vestmannaeyjar

Welcome to Unlocking Kiki! I am Kaelene, Kiki to my friends, and the voice behind Unlocking Kiki. I am 26 year old from Oregon living the expat life in Reykjavík, Iceland.

About The Blog

Unlocking Kiki is dedicated to sharing unique sights, experiences, and insider tips to Iceland from the perspective of a foreigner living in Iceland. Whether soaking in one of Iceland’s many natural hot springs, hiking in Landmannalaugar or strolling the streets of Reykjavik, I strive to provide readers with a fun and unique perspective on this beautiful country I call home.

The Secret Lagoon

Why Iceland?

Iceland, totally random right?? Well you know its the usual story, girl goes to Australia, girl meets boy in Australia, boy happens to be Icelandic, girl looks on map to figure out where in the hell Iceland is, fast forward three years girl officially moves to Iceland to be with boy. Whew that sums up our love story and why I am in Iceland in one run-on sentence!

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Get To Know Me

I have a passion for travel and a weakness for a good glass of wine. I love exploring places off the beaten path and will hike anywhere to see beautiful waterfalls. I want to live life to the fullest and never look back with regret. Follow along to find out what happens next.

I love connecting with my readers! Feel free to send me an email and follow me on Bloglovin’, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Sjáumst and bless bless!

  • http://www.theflorkens.com Kate “Florken”

    Hi! You left a super sweet comment on our blog yesterday, but I can’t find your email anywhere so I just thought I’d drop a line to tell you, “Thank you!” Just looking at your blog, I feel like our “adventures” pale in comparison! Here’s hoping that you and yours have a very happy New Year friend!

    -Kate
    http://www.theflorkens.com

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kiki

      Hi! Glad you stopped by, I enjoy reading your blog and my best friend just moved down to Little Rock this year for nursing school so it has been fun seeing pictures of the area she is at as well. Hope you have a very Happy New Year!

  • http://www.longdistancebaking.com/ Stephanie @ longdistancebaking

    Just discovered your blog and am loving it! Living vicariously through all your travels and adventures :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Thank you so much. So glad to have you following along! I am loving your blog with all those yummy recipes1

  • Lara

    Hi there, I just found your blog and as I’m interested in Iceland and love expat stories, I’m really excited to follow along!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Hi! So glad you found my blog! Iceland is one interesting place and I am loving discovering it. Glad you will be following along with my Icelandic adventures:)

  • http://www.amyandthegreatworld.com/ AmyMacWorld

    Hi! I just found your blog through Fresh-Face Fridays! I love expat bloggers and I think you may be the first one I’ve found from Iceland. I’m so excited to be here, as I fell in love with Iceland during my 17-hour visit, and can’t wait to read more of what you write about that beautiful country! :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Hi! So glad you found my blog:) Iceland is amazing I am so glad you have had the chance to visit. Thanks so much for following along!

  • http://cheapgirlfashionstyle.blogspot.com/p/about-us.html Morgan

    Hi! I’m a new follower : ) I dream of having more travel adventures & love your photos!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Welcome, thanks so much for following! Traveling is amazing I hope you get to have more travel adventures! Thanks so much, I hope you will enjoy.

  • Jordan Kovacs

    I am a new follower as well! I know little to nothing about Iceland, so I am eager to read your posts!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Hi and welcome! Iceland is really an interesting place so I am glad to share all about it. Thanks for following along.

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  • http://www.hopeengaged.blogspot.com/ Katie Cook

    Thanks for saying hi Kiki!! LOVE that you live in Iceland:) Can’t wait to check out more of your blog!!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Thanks so much Katie! Hope you enjoy:)

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  • http://thisenchantedpixie.com/ Polly Davies

    hello! just stumbled across your blog and thought I’d say hi! My husband keeps trying to convince me to move to iceland!!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Welcome! Yes head on over Iceland is lovely:) Have your or your husband been here before to visit?

      • http://thisenchantedpixie.com/ Polly Davies

        nope…. he just likes the look of it!! I’m not sure I could cope with that much coldness!

        • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

          As long as the sun is out it isn’t too bad. I am just glad the winters don’t get much colder than right at freezing, I could not handle Alaska type winters! You guys should definitely visit in the summertime it is amazing!

  • http://prettythingandco.com/ Madaline

    hi, randomly found you blog! So cute. Going to follow along on bloglovin’. I’m also an expat (in Rome)!!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Hi! So glad you found my blog, I love Rome will have to head over and say hi and stalk your pictures of Rome!

  • Hailey

    So excited to have found your blog! I want to visit Iceland so badly…the weather sounds better than where I am from!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Iceland is amazing I hope you get to visit!

  • http://www.alonewithmytea.blogspot.com Julie

    My husband is dying to go to Iceland to take epic pictures!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Iceland is a perfect place for photography, everywhere you look there is a photo opt!

  • http://wheretheheartblog.blogspot.com Caity @ Where The Heart Is

    I always love fellow expats, but I especially love you because ICELAND? How crazy and amazing! Your pictures are stunning and I’ve definitely added this to my list. And you two make a very cute couple too!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Thanks so much Caity, so glad your following along!

  • http://www.kulturschocked.wordpress.com/ Tina

    Glad I found your blog, Iceland is on my list of places I’d like to live!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      So glad you found it as well! Hope my Iceland posts can fulfill your wanderlust until you can make it to Iceland!

  • Jen Yeung

    So glad I found your blog! My friends and I are in the States and are planning a trip to Iceland in March! I can’t wait to see some of the sights you’ve recommended on your blog! Love reading about your experiences!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      How awesome! So glad you found my blog, you and your friends are going to have a blast! Feel free to email me if you have any questions unlockingkiki@gmail.com.

  • http://Thenapoleoncomplex.blogspot.com Beatriz @ My Napoleon Complex

    Hi, I found your blog through the Fresh Face Friday blog hop! I’m also an expat (in Rome) but living in Iceland sounds so cool! All the pictures I’ve seen of Iceland online are stunning! Anyway, I’m glad I found your blog and I look forward to reading more!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Hi, welcome! And living in Rome sounds pretty amazing to me! Headed over the check your blog out now! Thanks for stopping by :)

  • Karli Bell

    best looking blog couple award. so so love having you on September FARM!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Same goes to you and your farmer :)

  • http://www.tristanandkristin.blogspot.com Kristin DiCristofano

    My nickname growing up was Kiki, does that mean we’re basically twins? :) I am excited I found your blog, and you guys are a gorgeous couple!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Pretty much yes! So glad you found my blog, thanks for stopping by and the sweet comment :)

  • http://www.madetotravelblog.com Hannah Webb

    So glad I found your blog! Having recently moved from Australia to Berlin with my boyfriend its great to read about a fellow expat. It felt quite relieving to relate to so many things (visas ergh), not to mention I now have serious expat-envy over all of your amazing Iceland pics :P
    Looking forward to reading more!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Welcome Hannah! It is so nice to find other expats to relate to, really helped me so much during those first few months in Iceland! Do you have a blog? Would love to read along with your expat adventure as well!

  • http://www.thorsteinn.net Þorsteinn Sverrisson

    Loving this blog, especially since my wife and I will be able to relate a lot to your situation! She is a 25 year old American (from Indiana though, although we lived in Oregon for 6 months), I’m Icelandic, and we’ll be moving permanently to Iceland in January. I’ll have to show her this blog whenever she starts freaking out about moving to Iceland as proof that that somebody else could do it ;)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      So glad you found my blog! I know all about those freak outs, I have had many in the past year. If your wife would like to meet up for coffee when you guys move here tell her to send me an email! And what a small world, where at in Oregon did you guys live?

      • http://www.thorsteinn.net Þorsteinn Sverrisson

        Thanks, I’m sure she will appreciate that! But yeah, we lived in Eugene in 2011 and we really loved that place.

        • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

          Yes definitely let her know I would love to met her! And what a small world I am from Eugene! I love it too :)

  • http://www.alovelylifeindeed.com/ Kelly @ A Lovely Life, Indeed

    Hi Kaelene, I found your blog through Snow in Trosmo. As a soon-to-be expat in Spain, I am looking forward to reading about your experience. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful visit in the States.

    Kelly
    http://www.alovelylifeindeed.com

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Hi Kelly So glad you found my blog and how exciting on your upcoming move to Spain! Looking forward to following along on your move! Have a great Christmas as well :)

  • http://www.thewellist.com The Wellist Travels

    Just stumbled across your blog. I’m so jealous you live in Iceland! I am dying to go there. On my bucket list! Will definitely follow along with you and your travels! Cheers :)

    Krista
    http://www.thewellist.com

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Yay so glad you found my blog, hope it inspires you to jump on a place and head over to Iceland :)

  • http://chestervizconde.com/ Chester

    Great blog you got here, pretty lady. It’s my first time here, btw.

  • http://www.thesunnysideothis.com/ Isabel

    aww, you guys are so cute! amazing love story, it’s so cool to meet people that made it through the LDR!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I agree! I love hearing the success stories since it seems you only hear the negative ones!

  • Danielle Crouch

    This sounds so much like my story! I met my (German) boyfriend when he was studying abroad in the United States three years ago, and a year and a half later I took the plunge and moved to Germany! I’ve been here now for about a year and half and making plans to settle down in Germany for at least the next few years. I also write a blog about my experiences (www.solongusa.blogspot.com) and I’m in the process of redesigning it and hopefully growing my reader base. I’m so glad I found your blog, it’s nice to know there are others like me out there! :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I just love all these international love stories I am learning about! Defintely will be checking out your blog too, I love meeting others in similar situations to me too!

      • Danielle Crouch

        Me too! It’s pretty surprising how many international relationships there are out there. And thanks for checking out my blog :)

        • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

          I know there are so many more, I love reading about all the stories!

  • Casi Moore

    What a neat story!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks so much:)

  • http://www.sagetheblog.com/ Cassie Lee

    What a cool story! Glad you found my blog so I could find yours!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks so much and thanks for stopping by!

  • http://northofbloom.com Brittany

    glad I stumbled across you :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Me to, and how exciting about your upcoming trip to Iceland!

  • Wilbur

    Had a fab time in Iceland in January. No Lights so means I have to go back! See my Iceland review on Wilbur’s travels. Wilbur

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Yes you will have to make a trip back indeed!

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  • Antonia Paz Lauterbach

    Hey kiki! Im Antonia from Chile and Im doing a trip around Europe where I’ve included Iceland. I’ve been reading your blog since I started planning the trip, it’s so cool! I was wandering if you could give me a tip of where to go out at night and meet some local people (Im travelling on my own) or maybe if you go out this weekend I could join you :) let me know.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Hi! Sorry I missed this I was away traveling over the weekend. If you are looking to go met some locals really any spot in downtown (it is just the one main street really) will be a good spot! Let me know if you need some more tips :)

  • http://livingthespanishlife.com/ Linda

    I have only just found your blog, but I am already in love with your about page! And that story sounds pretty familiar :))

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Welcome so glad you found my blog!

  • http://cavaforlunch.com Christina – Cavaforlunch.com

    Just found your blog – I love it :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thank you so much!

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  • Ame in the in the States

    In Prague?? Quick – go out and see if they are currently filming for the show Outlander – if you are not a Clarie and Jamie fan, I’m sorry – I wish I could be there to see them on the set!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I just started the book! I was on the lookout for filming but didn’t see any darn!

  • Everygoodthingblog by Melissa

    Aw, I love your love story! Super cute. Your blog is awesome by the way Kiki. I’m so jealous of all your travel adventures, it looks like so much fun! You make me want to be an expat again!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks so much Melissa! Thank you for reading along:)

  • Steve Bott

    Recently back from a week in Iceland with my good lady wife, picked up a few tips after finding this blog a few weeks before we went. Now booking for March/April 2016; loved the place, and will be checking out this fantastically well written, informative and humorous blog again for more ideas. Keep up the good work, and keep enjoying life.

    • Eric Brink

      Hi Steve – Here’s a note that I just posted on Unlocking Kiki. What say you? :)

      Hello again and I hope you had fun in NYC! Gayle and I are planning our next Iceland trip (the 3rd for me and the 2nd for her). We’re thinking April-May due to a busy schedule and me wanting to avoid the high tourist season in Iceland (e.g. higher prices and crowds). I want to do some serious hiking, as long as there’s a comfortable hotel room at the end of the day for Gayle. The interior is probably still closed and I’ll need to check with a couple tour companies. I’m also intrigued by places in Iceland not traveled such as the West Fjords and the East. But from your perspective, what can we expect weather-wise and in terms of things to do? I’ll do a more serious look through your many recommendations (including the hotels) later, but I’m curious about your well practiced insights.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Hi Steve! Thanks so much, glad you found my blog and it was helpful Hope you have the best time back in Iceland this coming Spring!

  • Eric Brink

    Hello again and I hope you had fun in NYC! Gayle and I are planning our next Iceland trip (the 3rd for me and the 2nd for her). We’re thinking April-May due to a busy schedule and me wanting to avoid the high tourist season in Iceland. I want to do some serious hiking, as long as there’s a comfortable hotel room at the end of the day for Gayle. The interior is probably still closed and I’ll need to check with a couple tour companies. But from your perspective, what can we expect weather-wise and in terms of things to do. I’ll do a more serious look through your many recommendations (including hotels) later, but I’m curious about your well practiced insights.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Hi! NYC was wonderful thank you:) As for tips for your trip, the weather can seriously be anything from a snow storm to sunny can calm, I have experienced both. I would recommend checking in around March, around that time you will get a better idea of what would be open in the interior or not so you can plan. :)

  • Raphaelle Lanier

    Hello, and thank you for sharing this informative blog. I’m coming to Iceland in early January with my husband and three year old daughter, and would appreciate some guidance. Would you recommend renting a car for a few days? Is there anything unique about renting a car in Iceland (like in Costa Rica, with additional insurance)? Is the Golden Triangle (or similar “touristy” activities) accessible in January with a two-wheel drive…or should I do the massive upgrade to four-wheel drive? Thanks.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Hi! So sorry I am just now seeing this comment. I hope you and your family had a great time on your trip to Iceland!

  • Alexandra

    Just discovered your blog and in the few minutes I’ve been exploring I’m so excited to have found it! I’m working up the courage to move abroad and thus find expat blogs extra interesting (and informative!). I’m pretty sure if I just continue to read posts like yours on a daily basis I’ll have no problem keeping up my excitement and holding myself accountable with an actual move. So… thanks!!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Hi! So glad you found it, thanks for reading:) Making the move abroad can be so scary, I took months to decide and finally make the move! Best of luck in what you decide, I always say take the leap and go!

  • Jennifer Jarvis

    I am SO happy that someone told me about your blog yesterday!!!! I Have been sitting here mesmerized for longer than I should be as I should get back to work. We are planning a trip there this summer, my husband and 2 kids (ages 11 and 12). Funny it is a hot travel spot for 2016, we did not know that until we talked about going there. We wish we did not have to go in the middle of summer but we want to stay for 2 or more weeks so we have to go in high tourist season. I can’t wait to really start planning such as definite must sees, renting a car or using public transport renting mountain bikes etc and staying in hostels or elsewhere! So exciting! It has been a bit confusing since there are so many vowels and the letter “j” and “k” in so many words. Thank you so much for this blog!!!!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      So happy you found my blog Jennifer!! Thanks for the nice comment! You and your family will love it this summer! There are so many places to see you can always find a quiet spot somewhere with just you and nature:) The language still confuses me but English is spoken fluently by almost everyone. Happy planning I hope this site helps you!

  • Bianca Ar

    This is so weird. I’m from Oregon. Going to Australia in three weeks and to Iceland in May. (Both trips decided on randomly). Ended up on your blog because I was looking at picture of places to hike in Iceland. Great blog and info! Needless to say, can’t wait to visit! How’s the wine there?

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      It really is such a small world!! I hope you have a great time in both Australia and Iceland, two of my favorite places outside of Oregon :) The wine in Iceland is nothing like back home but the beer here is pretty great!

  • Jill Martinette

    Hello from Cali Kiki – My husband and I are off to Iceland for 6 days in June to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary (yep – that is us 20 years ago!). Your photos are AMAZING and was wondering if you take portraits as well??? We (oh he loves it when I say that) thought it would be fun to bring our 20 year old wedding attire and take pics exploring Iceland. We are up for an adventure (my beige UGG’s will match perfectly with my off white dress) and hope you can capture the moment… let us know and THANK YOU for your amazing blog!!!!

  • Jenny Chi

    I’m so glad I found your blog, it’s been a great mine of info! My husband and I are planning to visit in August, so far I’ve gotten as far as planning 4 days for exploring Reykjavik, Landmannalaugar day trip, guided Glymur hike, self drive Golden Circle with a pitstop in Laugarvatn and intent to search for Bruarfoss! After that, I’m stuck! We have 3 more days to explore…Do we go South to see Vik, Jokulsarlon, Skaftafell, Myrdalsjokull glacier hike….or go North to explore Snaefellness, Myvatn, Dimmuborgir? So many great places to see but not enough time!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Hi Jenny! Thanks so much for reading along, so happy to hear it has been helpful in your trip planning! There really is so much to see and do! I am a big fan of the south coast there is so much to see and do. The north is gorgeous as well but a bit longer driving. I think if you want to pack in a ton the south coast is a good option but you just can’t go wrong! Let me know if you have any other questions :)

  • cheryllovesrelay .

    I accidentally came across your blog while trying to figure out how to get to Bruarfoss! Thank you for the great directions! I first went to Iceland last September and am returning this Sept with a new group of friends as I have fallen deeply in love with the country. After I visited the first time I immediately returned to the Pacific NW to figure out HOW I could move to Iceland. But everything I’ve read was as you said – marry an Icelander, or get a job (which had to be a job that couldn’t be held by an Icelander). My wonder is this though – if I already have a job that I can do from anywhere with internet access and a phone – is there some kind of self-employed visa there? Going to further explore your blog for new tips!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks so much for the message! Iceland is just amazing!!! Where at in the Pacific NW are you from? I feel lucky to have both my homes be such beautiful places! :) As for moving to Iceland I don’t know if they have any freelancer visa options available here for Americans. But I do know that if you are interested in working in Iceland that if you contact companies there is always a chance you can find a job. I have several friends who have found their jobs in Iceland this way. Best of luck! ;)

      • cheryllovesrelay .

        I’m in Battle Ground WA (just over the river from Portland, north of Vancouver). Can’t wait to get back to Iceland this summer!

        • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

          How awesome! Hope you have the best time in Iceland this summer!

  • Jennifer Paddack-Hyde

    I just found your site through Pinterest and am loving all your information about Iceland. My husband and I will be visiting Iceland for the first time in October and I am so excited to start planning our adventures. I will also hike anywhere to see a beautiful waterfall:) I love that you give directions to a lot of these places along with what seasons to check road conditions. Your site is going to be a great resource for me. We’ll be doing the Golden Circle, Reykjavik and part of the Southern Coast. Love your gorgeous photos by the way!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks so much for your message! I hope you guys have the best time in Iceland, you will love all the hikes with waterfalls at the end! :) Let me know if you have any questions! :)

  • Torfi Geir Símonarson

    Geggjuð síða! Ótrúlega skemmtilegt perspective á Ísland ! :D

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Takk kærlega og takk fyrir að lesa bloggið mitt!

  • Micah Quinn

    Hey Kiki, cool site. Also very cool that you’re from Oregon, I’ve spent quite a bit of time there. I moved to Reykjavik from the Yukon (NW Canada) 3 months ago and have had similar challenges developing a local community of friends. I’ve lived around the world and generally do well socially but seem to really suck at it here. It’s harder partly cause I work with older expats whom I don’t have much in common with socially. Anyways, would love to chat more about it sometime…I mostly love it here but being unable to make Icelandic friends is kind of a bummer. I am trying to learn the language but I think it will take me several years to be actually able to follow a fast conversation and be able to join in. I joined a crossfit gym and go out on the weekends but its a little disheartening when you meet a cool group of locals who are heading to an ‘after party’ but you’re never invited to join. It also seems that many people work huge hours and say they don’t have time for their existing friends, never mind making new ones. Anyways, I’m trying to stay positive, but still trying to figure out my foot in the ‘social door’ :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Hey! Thanks so much Micah :) And what a small world, welcome to Iceland! I think it is a much tricker place here to get in with a group, it took me a long time to find a group I felt like I fit in well with. The language is defintely a challenge, I am learning but I foresee many years of lessons before I speak it good enough for a conversation. I think the main thing is to keep on trying all sorts of different things to meet people. It is hard to find Icelandic friends like you said, many of my friends are from abroad but have bene living here for awhile. Feel free to send me an email at unlockingkiki@gmail.com and keep on staying positive!

  • Nimesh Patel

    Thank you so much for all your tips. Any advice on how to find accommodation in Vik or Jokulsarlon area in July. Its been impossible to find something so far.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thanks so much for reading! I know that accommodation is really booked up already and there is limited accommodation in that area to begin with. Maybe looking into renting a camper van to travel and camp in is an option? I recommend checking out Happy Campers: https://www.happycampers.is/

      • Nimesh Patel

        Thanks! They are all booked up for those dates. I’ll look into camping options.

        • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

          Good luck and have a great trip :)

  • GingiJess

    Hello Kaelene,
    As so many people have already written, I am finding your blog to be a tremendous resource of good information! My best friend Jamie and I are traveling to Iceland May 22-27 and there is so much we hope to see and do in the way of hiking and adventuring. Originally, our plan was to rent a car and do most of the touring on our own. Do you recommend this? Would you make Reykjavik the base or stay in other smaller towns along the southern coast? It seems like we may not be able to reach Landmannalaguar in May? The alternative would be scheduling ourselves with the tour groups like trekiceland/icelandexcusion – but we are used to solo traveling in other places. Any thoughts? Also, hope you’re enjoying Outlander. Book 1 sets the stage, 2 is a struggle but worth it to get to 3.
    Thanks again ~ Jess

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Hi Jess! Thanks so much for the comment, so happy to hear that my blog has helped with your travel planning! I definitely recommend renting your own car and adventuring on your own versus taking tours everywhere, you can see so much more and the tours can get really expensive. It may be a bit tough to find accommodation but I recommend looking if possible and staying in the countryside, especially if you enjoy solo travel. I have heard that one trail into Landmannalaguar was open but I would recommend taking a tour back to it since you need a big jeep to get back there. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions :)

  • Lauren Schulze

    I’ve wanted to go to Iceland for years and have been so interested while reading your blog! While planning tentative trips to visit, I’m trying to get a gauge of the costs. What’s a general price comparison from US dollars to SEK?

    Also, I’m playing with the thought of spending a summer there, possibly looking for some sort of creative internship or job connection. If you have any sort of connections that you could share that would be super helpful. How difficult is it to find jobs &/or internships if I only speak english? I read over your article about finding a job there, but I didn’t know if there were any more details on a more specified information of what steps you took to get connected. I’m just trying to get a well rounded reality of what a summer or elongated trip could look like, whether that means I need to study there, intern, or maybe just plain visit, if working is not a viable option, in order to make it a reality. I guess the point of this email is to ask if you would be able to give me some more details on the reality of working, studying, &/or living there for a bit.

    Thanks so much,
    Lauren