In today’s post I wanted to share a piece of advice for anyone looking to travel to Europe or more specifically Copenhagen as I have gone back and forth between the U.S. and Denmark countless times now. Nicolas and I love to travel through Iceland with Wow Air. Having a layover in Keflavik makes the flight significantly cheaper, and taking roughly a one hour stop breaks up the trip a bit, giving us a chance to grab a quick drink and stretch our legs. The airport in Keflavik is small and super easy to navigate through. (I think I could do it in my sleep by now.) By the time we’re back on a plane, there are only three hours left until we arrive in Copenhagen.
However this past time traveling back to the states with Wow Air, there was an even cheaper flight available with an eighteen hour layover. Nicolas jumped on the opportunity, and we decided to spend the night in Iceland. The layover and the Airbnb combined were still cheaper than our regular flight (not sure why) so it was well worth it! The layover also helped with our jet lag. I think we will consider doing this more in the future, as it made the trip much more enjoyable!
I should note that this was our first time staying in an Airbnb. I must admit that I was a tad nervous, but it was a great experience! We made sure to pick a host with great reviews and a good location (close to the airport.) It was very cool to get the chance to stay in someone’s home and experience what it is really like to live in Iceland. The house was only a ten minute cab ride from the airport. Our room was very clean and cozy, and our host made sure we were provided will all the necessities like bath towels, shampoo, and even tea. It was very much like staying in a hotel – just more authentic and personal.
Being that our flight got in quite late, our dining options were limited. Nicolas still managed to find the cutest American diner within walking distance from our AirBnb though! It was called Olsen Olsen, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a quick bite to eat in Keflavik.
We had every intention of going to the Blue Lagoon, but the weather was simply miserable with high winds and lots of rain. It was hard to believe that it was actually summertime! We decided on going for a walk to the water instead. These photos were actually taken around ten o’clock at night, as it never gets dark in Iceland during certain times of the year!
Nicolas actually lived in Iceland for half a year after high school working as a bartender, so I was really interested in seeing what it was like. I am looking forward to staying for a longer period of time and seeing Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon someday!
OKAY. Sorry this was a little longer than normal, but I just had to share this bit of advice! If you’re looking to travel to Iceland or just Europe in general, Wow Air is a great option – especially if you are flying out of Pittsburgh. Also, I know I cannot speak for every Airbnb, but I really enjoyed the experience and recommend it to anyone who wants a more authentic travel experience and is looking to save some money. Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb? Let me know in the comments below! xx