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I’ve Been Keeping a Huge Secret and I Can’t Keep It Any Longer

I am the worlds worst secret keeper. I have a good poker face – actually that’s a half truth, I just giggle at any answer and people think I’m giving away all of the secrets – and great at avoiding topics but when it comes to honesty and truthfulness it pains me to lie; but when it comes to secrets that I’m excited about then I have no hope of keeping them.
That’s why the last three-months have been excruciatingly painful for me, especially as I’ve been keeping the ultimate secret from my best friend.

Tonight that pain is over because as you’re reading this I’ll be sitting on a plane next to Dylan bound to a new country for the both of us.
With geological wonders (he’s an ex-Geology student), a quirky, hip culture about it, and plenty of strange foreign food for me to squirm about and him to happily chow down on. Baby, we’re going to Reykjavik, Iceland!

Why Reykjavik? Well why not?

One of my most amusing memories of Dylan was the first time I went to his house for dinner. After the great meal he bought a shoebox out of his room and opened it like he was presenting me with treasure. Looking into the box all I saw a bunch of rocks.
I tried to look interested but was fighting back yawns as he explained to me each piece of his rock collection… okay, some of them were pretty interesting but a lot of what was discussed went straight over my head. One thing I did pick up on was his passion for geology.

In May, we both agreed that for Dylan‘s 25th birthday I’d arrange him a surprise birthday trip. Part of the deal was that he’d get no say in what country we went to and I’d arrange the entire trip by myself without telling him any details until they happened; only that’s pretty difficult with a friend like Dylan.

He didn’t even know the country he was travelling to so his pestering began minutes after the decision to arrange this trip was made. I knew I’d get nothing but grief for three-months unless I told him where we were going. Later that night after he’d gone to make dinner I accidentally let slip that we were going to ‘Romania’.
Whilst I spent the rest of the night chuckling to myself, he gave me grief that I couldn’t keep the destination of the trip a secret from him for longer than a few hours.

Guess what? I managed to keep the secret for the whole 3-months!

Iceland is somewhere we’ve talked about visiting separately for a few years now but other trips, ideas or life has gotten in the way from visiting the island. Having booked in advance – something Dylan isn’t so good at usually – we managed to get decent priced flights to Iceland after our trip to Italy to take part in Blogville Emilia-Romagna.

What are you doing? Isn’t it just.. Icy?

I can’t fill you in on all of the details because Dylan will probably read this post in anticipation that I let something juicy slip, so I’ll give you hints and you can help Dylan guess what we’re doing in the comments below. Here goes;

  • We’re staying in a traditional Icelandic home.
  • Experiencing the Midnight Sun.
  • We’re going snorkelling.
  • We’re doing somethings that involves exploring geological/rock nerdy stuff and being underground.
  • Meeting up with two awesome bloggers who are driving around the country to hear about their Iceland experiences.
  • Eating traditional Icelandic delicacies which will make Nicole squeal and Dylan smack his lips.

We’re spending a week there but this trip isn’t about rushing around. This is Dylan’s birthday trip and it’s also the chance for both of us to relax after three-months of hectic travel through Canada, the USA, London and Italy before we both make long flights – him to New Zealand and I’m headed back to Australia – in early August.

I can’t wait to share with you more about Iceland’s adventure, culture and luxury scene so watch this space over the coming weeks!

Have you been to Iceland?
What are your recommendations?

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Iceland Inspiration

Here are a few of the posts that inspired me to pick Iceland as Dylan’s birthday getaway and will hopefully inspire you as well;

  • Raving RavensHjortur is the man to speak to about Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. It seems like her knows everything about these destinations.
  • Don’t Ever Look Back – Amy and Kieron visited Iceland in 2011 and took on quite a few of Rekyavik’s and surrounding areas adventure activities!
  • A Dangerous Business – practical advice on how to create your own Iceland adventure, beautiful photography and Amanda even found some elves on her Iceland trip!
  • Seattle’s Travels – Seattle’s photography is always stunning and her passion for Iceland is evident! Be sure to check out all of her Iceland adventures.
  • Mr & Mrs. Globetrotmore stunning Icelandic photography. I really can’t get enough of the countries quirk and beauty!

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Lindsey
    July 23, 2013 at 8:28 am

    That’s such a cool idea! I’m totally filing that away for later. I hope you guys have an amazing time! Are you heading up to Sydney at all whilst back in Australia?

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    Monica
    July 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Ooo how exciting! Iceland has been a place on my list for such a long time now so I’ll be following along to see how you guys get on. And well done for keeping the secret for so long!

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    Hogga
    July 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    ahhh that’s so fun! So jealous!

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    Heather
    July 24, 2013 at 1:20 am

    What a fabulous idea! Why couldn’t someone have planned a surprise birthday trip like this for me? I’ve been telling my husband for years that I’d love to go to Iceland…

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    Caroline Eubanks
    July 24, 2013 at 2:07 am

    LOVE THIS. Don’t worry, I’ve come up with some hashtags for you to use on your trip:
    #bestiesiniceland
    #icelandrocks
    #dylanisoldasrocks

    Have fun!

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      Nicole
      July 24, 2013 at 2:54 am

      Hahaha! I LOVE #Dylanisoldasrocks
      Dylan is vying for #BirthdayOfIceAndFire but I’m voting for yours =)

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    Toni
    July 24, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Even though I knew about this, it’s still SO cool 🙂 You are such an amazing friend!!

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    Angela
    July 24, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Oooh Iceland! That is going to be awesome! I really want to go there. Can’t wait to read all of the stories.

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    Lou
    July 24, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Iceland looks awesome! I’ve heard it is quite expensive there, I’d like to read about your experiences in regards to how expensive it really is.

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    Dana Carmel
    July 25, 2013 at 10:53 am

    What a great friend you are!! Iceland should be amazing – I haven’t been but I’m always intrigued by the pics I see. I’d love to go to one of those thermal pools someday. Have a blast!

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    Ashley
    July 27, 2013 at 2:47 am

    I just found your blog and I love it! So cute!! Can’t wait to read about iceland!

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    nicole
    July 30, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I would love to go to Iceland. Been pestering the husband for a while to go. =D

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    sabrina
    October 2, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I’m jealous…I miss Iceland very much and all my friends! Once a year just isn’t enough!

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      Nicole
      October 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      I agree, such a beautiful country I wish I was closer!

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    Olga
    April 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Snorkelling in Iceland? That’s sounds insane!

    That is incredible idea for the present and for the country choice. I myself dream about Iceland for several years now. And I guess will be for some more, as it is not on a horizon right now. I am so not going to open the links, I am sure they will kill me 😉

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