Iceland Day 1: Travel day and welcome to Reykjavik
If you have ever debated going to Iceland, I am going to be the first person to tell you to take the trip. It is a country full of waterfalls, hot springs, and glaciers. We booked this trip not really knowing what to expect, it was November and the start of winter in Iceland. It is only daylight from about 10:00AM-4:30PM, and we knew it was going to be crazy cold outside. We were so glad we made the trip and had no regrets because of all of the beauty this country has to offer.
We started the day off at the airport, gearing up to fly. One of the toughest things to do at an airport is eat healthy. Travel days can be tricky because we are sitting the majority of the day at the gates, in taxis, and on flights. With this lack of physical activity, it is easy to have higher blood sugars on these days. One thing that I always try to do on travel day is eat low carbohydrate meals and snacks. I got a salad with chicken and stopped by one of the shops at our gate to pick up a bag of mixed nuts for the flight. I also try to always drink plenty of water on travel days. As airplane passengers, we are often the result of a lack of humidity in the cabin air which can lead to dehydration if we aren’t careful.
Another big tip is going for a walk in the airport (if you have time). It’s so easy to get caught up with the busy travel day schedule, with zero exercise, which is why it is so important to remember to get up and get moving. I love going for a stroll through the airport and getting in that cardio before sitting on the plane.
Day 1 was a great day, we flew from ATL to Baltimore, and then from Baltimore to Iceland. The flight from Baltimore to Iceland was only 5 1/2 hours, so it flew by with how excited we were for the trip.
We landed in Iceland, got our rental car and drove about 30 minutes to Reykjavik, which is the capital of Iceland. We spent the whole first day walking around the city and seeing the tourist sites we had marked down on our list, such as the big church and concert hall. After spending the whole day exploring, we ate some Icelandic sea food and headed to the airbnb to get some rest for the upcoming days.
Travel Tips that work for me:
• Eat low carbohydrate meals/ snacks… depending on your sugar at the time of course
• Stay hydrated
• Carry glucose tabs or candy just in case of low blood sugar
• Go for a stroll around the airport for some extra cardio before the flight