- 2 years ago
- Wedding: January 2017
djbeats : We are from Oklahoma, so the flight was definitely the most expensive part for us. No direct flights to any of the major European cities from here lol We survived off PB sandwhiches and skyr (kind of like yogurt) most of our time there. If you do want a nice meal in Reykjavik, I reccomend Hofnin. Seriously the best salmon I’ve ever had! And I was 6 weeks preggo so basically everything made me vomit, but not the food there 🙂
The language is pretty different, but most everyone speaks at least a bit of English. We pretty much stuck to the Ring Road with driving, and there are pretty good signs that point to the landmarks even if we couldn’t pronounce them! Driving in Iceland was super easy for me, and I’m really not a great driver, because there’s not actually many people there so the roads are pretty empty. There are some sketchy parts if you drive out to the east coast, but otherwise it’s not too bad at all.
I did find the Tube in London really simple, they have nice maps in most of the stations and you can buy guidebooks that have a full Tube map in them, which I definitely reccomend. We rented a car in Scotland, and honestly it was the most stressful part of the whole trip. Not only driving on the wrong side of the road, but the roads are SUPER narrow and often only one lane, so it takes a lot of concentration to drive safely if you’re not used to it. The train system is seriously good there, and you can enjoy the view of the countryside instead of watching the road. There are some rural areas you can’t get to without a car, but for a shorter trip I think the trains are just fine.
For 8 days, it really depends on what all it important to you. I lived in Wales for 6 months and made 4 trips to London, and then we spent 4 days there this time around and I still haven’t seen everything I wanted to. We are super nerds though, so we did the British Library, British Museum, V&A, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Globe, The Tower of London, and the National Gallery in London, in 2.5 very long days, and then did a day trip to Oxford and a day trip to Canterbury/Dover/Hastings. You can do a lot of London in 4-5 days, especially without day trips, but you have to run around pretty much all day. We like that pace for our vacations, but some people prefer a bit more relaxation.
Edinburgh we did in 4 days as well, with one of those being a day trip to Stirling, and that was plenty of time for us to explore and see everything we wanted. I think it all depends on the pace you want to keep up, and if you want to stop in the countryside betwen the two cities or not.
Sorry for being so long-winded lol I love planning vacations so I always have way more advice and opinions than necessary 🙂 But it does seem that we have similar vacation styles so maybe this will help a bit!