Christmas in Iceland, celebration, Christmas, Scandinavia, Iceland, Reykjavik, Ice, Snow, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, creating family memories, family travel, traveling with kids,
Iceland has intrigued us ever since Gabriel first graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree, and he applied for a job at CCP Games in Reykjavik. We were enamored by the idea of walking outside to go snowboarding, writing books in the summer twilight, and that crime is so low even the police don’t carry guns. Sadly, Gabriel didn’t get this...
Christmas in Norway, Winter in Norway, Norway, Oslo, Scandinavia, Europe, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, creating family memories, family travel, traveling with kids, misadventures traveling standby, Christmas, Scandinavian Christmas
Across town, in the opposite direction of the graffiti and promiscuous pictures was where we found our home for Christmas. This darling airbnb, with red cupboards in the kitchen and four single beds laying side by side each other in the bedroom, was perfect for our celebrations. Though we longed to be in Tromsø, we were finally in a...
Trukkar Og Tæki, Books in Iceland, Children's Books, Children's Book in Iceland, Christmas Traditions, Christmas in Iceland, diapersonaplane, Diapers on a plane, creating family memories, family travel, traveling with kids
We started a tradition the year we went to Iceland: Buy a book in each place we visit. We started this tradition in Iceland, specifically, because we celebrated Christmas here and it is an Icelandic tradition to give or get a new book on Christmas Eve and spend the night reading it. This practice is called jólabókaflóð. We absolutely...
Golden Circle, Iceland, Strokkur, Thingveillir, Gullfoss Waterfall, driving, snow, ice, creating family memories, traveling with kids, family travel, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane
When we traveled to Iceland, during the middle of December and the dark of winter, we had to pick our activities deliberately. With approximately four hours of daylight we couldn’t see everything, it just wasn’t mathematically or cosmically possible. The Golden Circle is 300 kilometers of Iceland’s most popular sites and attractions, including incredible sites that you can’t find...
Hurtigruten, Authentic Scandinavia, Norway Cruise, Norwegian Cruise, Winter Cruise, Fjord Cruise, Cruising Norway, Norway, Tromso, Kirkenes, Bergen, Oslo, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, creating family memories, misadventures traveling standby, family travel, traveling with kids
We traveled to Norway with one purpose in mind, and that was to see the Northern Lights. When we first started planning, the first result that popped up in Google was for the Hurtigruten Northern Lights Cruise. The advertisements for the Hurtigruten were compelling, enticing, and romantic. We were desperate to see the lights, and we were sold. We’d...
Volcano House, Iceland, Eyjafyallajokull, Reykjavik, Christmas in Iceland, Diapersonaplane, Diapers on a plane, creating family memories, traveling with kids, family travel
The Volcano House in the city center of Reykjavik doesn’t sell batteries, but they are open on Christmas Day. They are the only place we could find open on Christmas Day in Iceland, when my insulin pump ran out of batteries and we were desperate. That is just the how of why we came to the Volcano House, (you...
Northern Lights, Viewing the Northern Lights in Norway, Seeing the Northern Lights as a Family, Norway, Kirkenes, Russian Border, Family Adventure, Diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, creating family memories, misadventures of a standby traveling family, family travel, traveling with kids
When we settled on chasing the Northern Lights in Norway for our Christmas celebrations we took a lot of time to prepare. Even frantically so. We read about using our camera, seeking them out, where to go, how to go, when to go, including seeing them at Christmas, how to dress, how the weather affected chances of seeing them,...
Currency in Iceland, Icelandic Money, Krona, Bankers, Economy, Diapersonaplane, Diapers on a plane, creating family memories, family travel
The local currency in Iceland is the króna, kr or ISK. Similar to all Scandinavian countries which utilize a version of the krone. Króna translates to crown, a nod to declaring autonomy in 1885 by printing their own banknotes, and ultimately gaining independence from Denmark in 1918.  Iceland is no stranger to the trouble with its currency. From its long...
Christmas in the Netherlands, Sinterklaas, Dutch, Dutch Christmas, Netherlands, Kerstman, Zwarte Piet, Marzipan, diapersonaplane, diapers on a plane, family travel, traveling with kids, creating family memories
Sage Scott of Everyday Wanderer is guest posting for us today about her Christmas spent in The Netherlands! Sage spent her youth abroad in The Netherlands and Germany with her family over the span of 7 years. They traveled throughout Europe taking advantage of every opportunity. She's also lived coast to coast in the United States and has spent most of...
Icelandair Reykjavik Natural Hotel, Iceland Hotel, Iceland, Reykjavik, Breakfast, Lobby, Hotel, Christmas in Iceland, Family Hotel, diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane, creating family memories, family travel, traveling with kids
When planning our trip to Iceland we knew we’d be stuck inside for a majority of our time. Between the four hours of daily sunlight, the cold winter weather, and considering the fact that the city shuts down entirely for two full days, we wanted a hotel with a pool that we could take the twins swimming and help...

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