Our Life in Iceland – Month 6

Lately I have had a lot of people asking about how we were able to move to Iceland. I’ve gotten e-mails, comments on Instagram, tweets. People who have vacationed in Iceland and would love to move here.As these month numbers grow bigger, I am reminded of how lucky we are to be living in Iceland. I don’t take it for granted. I still smile when I see the mountains out our living room window. The incredible winter sunsets still take my breath away. I get excited every single weekend to explore somewhere new.

It’s a pretty amazing feeling. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m not on vacation. This is our life. This is where we want to be. So I promise you that I will keep exploring, keep discovering, keep sharing Iceland secrets with you. This stuff is too good not to share!


1/17 – This weekend I got to see some places I have been wanting to get to for a while. Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls are next to each other in West Iceland and such a beautiful sight to see. To get to these waterfalls you have to drive way out in the middle of nowhere, but that doesn’t bother me! I was stopping every 10 minutes to snap another photogenic mountain. Nothing energizes me like a weekend in the beautiful Icelandic wilderness.

Nothing energizes me like a weekend exploring the wilderness in Iceland | Life With a View

1/20 – I asked a few girls if they wanted to start a book club. I thought it would be a good way to keep me on top of my reading goals, and I’ve never been in a book club before! I feel like a real adult having “book club night” on my calendar. The first book we read was The Dinner by Herman Koch. I don’t think any of us were thrilled with the book, so the meeting to discuss turned into wine and chatting about our Icelandic lives night – I’ll take that!

Currently we are reading All the Light We Cannot See. I just have to say, I am struggling to get through this book. Also this is literally the third time I have tried reading it! I know it’s an International best seller, what’s wrong with me?!

1/23 – I was honored to be invited with the Iceland Touring Association for a day of hiking. The weather was rainy and windy (surprise?!) but walking through the mountains was so beautiful. And just like typical Iceland, all of a sudden we would come across a lake or a waterfall out of nowhere…I loved every minute of it. (Per this photo, is it any surprise that I am the last one in the group?! The guides were always looking behind to make sure I didn’t disappear because I’m always taking so many photos!)

FYI: The Touring Association website lists the most popular hiking trails in Iceland.

Hiking mountains in South Iceland with the Icelandic Touring Association | Life With a View

1/24 – This year Bobby turns the big 3-0, and I knew for a while that I wanted to give him a trip somewhere. Because you only turn 30 once, and we are so close to Europe, and how many reasons do you really need to travel? Not many for me! So for MONTHS I have been thinking about where to go. One day I looked at flights and it was really reasonable to fly into Switzerland, so I’m like “hmm, snowboarding in the Swiss Alps? YEP!” and immediately booked the flights. I quickly crafted up two boarding passes (we don’t have a printer) and gave them to Bobby 20 minutes later. I can’t keep secrets!

1/30 – So that weekend we realized we better get practicing for the big mountains, and headed over to Bláfjöll ski hill. This is when I was starting to get sick, so after two runs, I felt like I was going to cough up blood, so we called it quits.

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1/31 – Then the omega cold 5000 hit me full force. I spent the next three days miserable and trying every natural homemade remedy I could think of to kick it out of my system. Those Icelandic germs got me good!

2/6 – The next weekend I was more than ready for a road trip. Unfortunately, Bobby picked up the omega cold 5000 and obviously couldn’t spend the day exploring outside. So I headed to Snæfellsnes by myself…and we all know how THAT turned out. Lesson learned. You win, Iceland roads.

The adorable factor of this town is outta control. ?#icelandwithaview

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2/13 – For a closer and safer exploring day, we chose to stay close to home this weekend. Who knew that the Reykjanes peninsula had so much beauty to offer? I thought all that was over there was the airport and the Blue Lagoon…wrong! We kept coming across these little hidden gems, and it was only a 30 minute drive from our house!
2/14 – For love day we kept it low key. We went snowboarding for a few hours and then spent the evening watching movies. Iceland is new to celebrating Valentine’s Day, and it’s not anywhere near as hyped as it is in the States. It was a nice change to not have red and pink and candy flooding the isles at every store. I know you love me, mmmkay?

Exploring the Reykjanes Peninsula with my love - Lake Kleifarvatn in Southwest Iceland | Life With a View

Things that are still hard:
-Icelandic. I am going to put that on this list until it’s not hard and just see how long it takes. This will be a fun experiment.
-When I got the omega cold 5000 I have to admit that there was a point where I would have taken medicine. (And I mean I.tried.everything else first!) Even if it was something to let me sleep through the night, SOMETHING to help. In Iceland you can’t get things like cold medicine over the counter, and even if you do get something from the pharmacy, its not the same as say NyQuil or Tylenol PM. I’m contemplating bringing something back from the States to have just in case, but mostly just hoping the Icelandic plague ran it’s course and I won’t get it again next year.
Things that are getting easier:
-The daylight hours are so much better now. Sunrise is 9am and sunset is 6:15. This has been making the days much more manageable, and I know summer is on it’s way!
-In the next six months we have SO many people coming to visit us! I’m so excited to see our friends and show them around Iceland.-We also have a lot of trips planned that I’m really excited about. Not to mention we have never been to/lived in Iceland during “the nice part of the year” so we are excited to see what the summer has in store. I can’t even imagine loving Iceland more than I do now, I think my heart might explode.

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  • Ellie - Flash and Frugal
    March 3, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Wow your life sounds amazing. I really admire that you packed up your old life and moved to Iceland. it’s so bold but so inspiring. I’m currently in the midst of moving to the other side of the world (Singapore) but I know that my move is only a temporary one and I’ll be back in London by the end of the year. Is your move a permanent one do you think?

    • Jeannie
      March 5, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much, Ellie! It was bold and pretty scary, but so worth it! We have no plans to move from Iceland in the near future, we love it here! It feels good to be happy with where we are 🙂

  • Kelley
    March 2, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    How are the ski/snowboarding hills in Iceland? Big/small? Can you compare them to anything in the good ol midwest? Thought that might be a fun day activity for Der and I, pending there is still snow (which I have a feeling there will still be!)

    • Jeannie
      March 3, 2016 at 7:57 am

      There is a bigger hill up north, but going to be too far away for you guys. There is a hill that is only 20 mins away from our house and it is just ok, maybe comparable to Buck Hill?! Definitely would be a fun day activity for you guys, but the temperature fluctuates a lot that they close the hill on and off. Just depends on the temp/weather! I would pencil it in if I were you and then have a backup 😉

  • Claire
    February 19, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I didn’t love The Dinner either, and I can’t imagine discussing it for a long time at Book Club. All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner might be a good one for you ladies to check out!
    Congrats on your 6 month anniversary in Iceland – it’s so exciting that you were able to make your dreams into a reality!

    • Jeannie
      March 3, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Aw, thanks for the congrats, Clare…it has been such a great experience! And I will definitely look in to All Fall Down!