A Unique Babymoon Experience in Iceland

Iceland is amazing, beautiful, and perfect for adventuring. It was perfect for a honeymoon, babymoon, or reconnecting as a couple because there is almost no one around outside Reykjavik. This is a recap of what my husband I did for our Honeymoon. There is so much to do we could not get to in all in the short times we had. We also stayed toward the southwest, if you go to the north, it’s a totally different experience.

We found a fantastic deal where they book you in hotels in different places and it’s your responsibility to get there. You rent a car as part of the package and drive around and explore on your own . More and more of these type of vacations are popping up and can run pretty cheap. In Iceland, get a 4 wheel drive vehicle, because there are several roads that are 4 wheel drive only.

We went in June, which is awesome in some respects but not good in others. It never got dark, ever, so we had no trouble with jet lag; however, it also meant we were getting up at 11am and wanting to eat dinner at 10p,. Fortunately, everyone we met was super friendly, and often would take our order for dinner even after the kitchens had closed.

We landed in Keflavik and drove to Reykjavik to our hotel and slept. The maps are fairly easy to follow and the learning curve isn’t that steep for driving around. While we were there we went to the Botanical gardens, the zoo, and a few museums. There’s is also a huge nightlife here but we decided to forgo that experience.

Go to the Blue Lagoon, it’s a spa, but you can just hang out in the lagoon if you want. It’s a beautiful, cerulean blue, naturally warm geothermal hot spring. And it’s full of silica which they say is good for your skin. So much fun and so romantic.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Explore Grindavik, a coastal fishing town. It’s fun to walk around but it’s not big so it won’t take all day. There are several restaurants to choose from for lunch, we ate at Salthusid, and it was wonderful.

We went from there to our next hotel in Vik. On the way we stopped at a few waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind it and it’s beautiful. We also stopped at Skógafoss which is huge!

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Skógafoss, Iceland
Skógafoss, Iceland

While we were exploring around Vik we found a place we can follow a trail under a glacier, we found a black sand beach you can drive on, and a cliff where you can get super close to puffins! This cliff, overlooking the Troll Stacks (based on a local legend) is one of the only places you can see puffins on the southern coast without taking a tour.

Puffins, Vik, Iceland
Puffins, Vik, Iceland
Glacial cave, Iceland
Glacial cave, Iceland

From Vik we drove to FlúÞir (Fluthir), which is near Geysir, where geysers were named for. While we were there exploring we found some mudpots (fun to see but you have to hold your nose), and we stopped at Gulfoss, and Þingvellir (Thingvallir) where you could see where the tectonic plates had moved apart. We also stopped at the geysers and watched them erupt, pretty frequently.

Gulfoss, Iceland
Gulfoss, Iceland
Þingvellir, Iceland
Þingvellir, Iceland
Strokkur Geyser, Geysir, Iceland
Strokkur Geyser, Geysir, Iceland

Then we went back to Reykjavik and ate some amazing street food, they have their own style of dressing a hotdog with crispies underneath.

There are so many different places to explore and several companies to go through to do excursions if you want. You can find the information at any hotel website and, once you’re there, at the hotels themselves.

If you’ve gone to Iceland, let me know what you did while you were there!

Traveling While Pregnant

Me in Acadia National Park, Maine at 7 months pregnant
Me in Acadia National Park, Maine at 7 months pregnant

My last babymoon we went to Maine with friends, driving 14 hours, camping for a week, and hiking all day. I’m not big on going slow or letting anything stop me doing what I want. I had to learn that when you’re pregnant, things are NOT the same.

Usually, the best time to travel is during the 2nd trimester, right after morning sickness ends, or gets tolerable. Depending on how well your pregnancy goes, your doctor may not want you to travel after 32 weeks.

Basics first, make sure you tell your doc what you are planning on doing, where you’re going, and how you’re getting there. Also ask for a copy of your medical records just in case something happens while you’re away.

Pregnant women are more prone to circulation problems including blood clots from sitting in one place for too long, so make sure, no matter how you travel, to get up and walk or move around every hour or so. If you aren’t able to do this, make sure you are keeping your legs moving and your toes wiggling to circulate blood.

Make sure you bring healthy snacks and plenty of fluids because you may not be able to eat meals when you’re used to. Be aware of the water and food quality wherever you’re going in case you can’t drink the tap water or eat the food. Also check out stores in the area in case you need to get anything while you’re there.

Be careful about packing and how much weight you’re lifting in your suitcase.

Be careful of the risks of getting sick where you’re going. For instance, cruises and airplanes are potential places for people to catch a bug. Also what shots if any you need and what native diseases there are where you are going, i.e. Zika.

Know where the nearest hospital is and the phone number in case there’s a problem.

Remember, you may not be able to do the things you’re used to doing. You may be short of breath, your center of gravity changed so you may be off balance, you may not have as strong a grip as you did due to wrist pain, so many changes! Just be aware of how all this has affected you.

Biggest thing is to be prepared.

If you have any tips or helpful advice, please let us know!

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/traveling-while-pregnant

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/expert-answers/air-travel-during-pregnancy/faq-20058087

http://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/travel-during-pregnancy.aspx#

Why Take a Babymoon?

Mike and I at the natural hot springs in Arenal, Costa Rica
Mike and I at the natural hot springs in Arenal, Costa Rica

The biggest reason you should go on a babymoon is to reconnect as a couple before you have a baby, because it is hard to balance your baby, your partner, and yourself in the beginning. Just be together, doing things you want to do, and not worry about the world at home for a while.

Here are some other reasons why you may consider taking a babymoon, either before or after you’re pregnant:

-Last big trip before baby

-Long exotic spa days

-Spend money on you before you’re spending it on baby-related items

-Do things you feel you could never do in good conscience after baby due to perceived risk (sky-diving or bungee jumping)

-Do things you won’t be able to do until the kid(s) are much older or you’d feel guilty doing without them (Hang-gliding, zip-lining, para-sailing, or something you want to do with them like swimming with dolphins)

-Or going away for longer than you’d want to leave your kid(s) with anyone else.

-Or at this time, going to an area where Zika is a risk.

You have to be careful about how active you can be if you’re already pregnant. Many companies that offer more active excursions usually have rules or require a doctor’s note saying that’s it’s ok for a pregnant woman to participate.

No matter what you want to do or why you want to do it, the main thing is that you focus on yourself and/or yourselves as a couple and have fun.