The Ultimate Iceland Travel Guide

Hey Guys!

So if you follow me on Instagram (@little.miss.expat) you would know that I recently visited Iceland!! It was AMAZING and I’ve been posting some seriously cool photos from my trip. I had so many photos and experiences I wanted to share with you guys, so I thought what’s better than putting them all into one huge travel guide for you to read?

So… I’ve made a list of the ‘must see’ destinations in Iceland and included photos that I have taken at these places. Enjoy!

Note: I visited Iceland in late November so a lot of the activities I did during my trip may look different during other months.

Northern Light Hunting: I mean it’s obvious. You can’t go to Iceland and not look for the Northern Lights! We went towards the end of November and it was a pretty good time to see the Northern Lights. Northern Light Hunting consists of driving out into the countryside of Iceland where it is completely dark and looking for lights in the sky. Make sure to dress really warm for these tours because it is VERY cold and you can be outside for a long time. I’ve included some of the photos I got of the Northern Lights, but bear in mind, I just took these with my regular camera. If you google the Northern Lights you will find much clearer photos.

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Like I said, my photos of the Northern Lights aren’t the best because I didn’t have all the equipment you need to get a clear photo. But you can start to see the Northern Lights in this photo. 

 

Visiting the Blue Lagoon: For me, visiting the Blue Lagoon was higher on my bucket list than seeing the northern lights. I love natural beauty, face masks, and anything to do with relaxation and I think it’s so cool how the Blue Lagoon encompasses it all. For those of you who don’t know, the Blue Lagoon is a geothermal pool filled with minerals that do wonders for your skin, there’s even a special facemask that you can leave on for around 10 minutes that detoxifies your skin. It’s naturally heated so you can be swimming in this warm pool, but the air around you can be freezing. The Blue Lagoon was so relaxing and calming, and I’m pretty sure it was the highlight of my trip.

 

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From the entrance, you can see the steam rising from the lagoon.

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We visited the Blue Lagoon early enough to see the sunrise, so I managed to get some cool pictures of the sunrise and the Lagoon!

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Here’s the Lagoon after sunrise (what you will see in most photos) You can really tell why it’s called the Blue Lagoon. 

 

Visit a Geyser: I wasn’t really sure what a geyser was before this trip, but we visited a few and they are SO COOL. I think the thing that always astonishes me everytime I think of Iceland, is that all these wonders I visited happen naturally. The geysers are small hot springs where water boils and shoots up for you to see. They’re really fun to watch, as everyone stands around wondering when the next spout of hot water will spring up. I took a video of one of them for you to look at.

 

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Here’s a photo so you can get an idea of what the geysers looked like, but you might want to watch the videos. 

 

Visit the Black Sand Beach: I posted a few photos from the Black Sand Beach on my Instagram so you might have already seen those, but let me paint the picture… The stacks of basalt rocks on one side, and the ocean on the other, with the black sand beneath your feet (mixed with a little snow!) is truly unique. You can climb the rocks to get some cool pictures and walk along the sandy beach. For someone who has never seen anything other than regular beaches, this was pretty cool.

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Play in the snow: I mean, I live in Dubai, a desert. It never snows here. I’ve experienced a little snow when I used to live in London and on some holidays. But never in my life have I seen this much snow. A whole blanket of untouched snow spreading out for miles is something that even a camera can’t capture for me. It’s nice to take a little time to play in the snow (you’re never too old for this!), throw some snowballs, and make some snow angels. Be sure to bring sturdy, waterproof shoes with you because trust me, your toes will freeze otherwise.

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Visit a Waterfall: I think I must have visited around five waterfalls during my week in Iceland, and I can say I’ll never get tired of them. Some are tall, some are wide, and you can even climb up and behind others. My favorite was Skógafoss waterfall where I climbed 370 steps to reach a breathtaking view at the top, the climb was definitely worth it! Some of the other waterfalls I visited are the Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Hraunfossar, and Barnafossar waterfalls.

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The view from the top of a waterfall.

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These are a few of the highlights of my trip to Iceland, that I think you HAVE to see if you’re going there anytime soon. I’m thinking of writing a few more posts about my travels in Iceland, let me know if you would be interested? Also, if you have visited Iceland before please let me know what your highlights were and where you would recommend going!

Have a great weekend!

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How to spend a day in Dubai – Hidden Gems of Dubai

Hi Guys,

So this week I decided to write another ‘Hidden Gems of Dubai’ post, but to change it up a bit. I’ve gathered some of my favourite activities in Dubai and put them into a day plan. So whether or not you’re a tourist, or you live here, here’s a small guide to a super exciting day in Dubai!

*Note: This day plan is most suitable for the cooler months in Dubai, as a lot of the activities are outdoor.

Starting the morning with the Ripe Market: Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE the Ripe Market. It’s literally my favourite place to visit on a Friday morning, because of the happy atmosphere and the amazing food 🙂 There are lots of food stores with healthy options for breakfast, as well as individual stores selling little bits and bobs. I usually go to the one in Za’abeel Park on Friday mornings, but there are quite a few Ripe Markets throughout the week. It’s a brilliant place to chill out and enjoy a walk while spending time with friends and family. IMG_8755IMG_8756IMG_8763IMG_8764IMG_8774IMG_8775IMG_8803IMG_8805

Lunch at Boxpark: For anyone that is visiting Dubai, Boxpark is a must do. It’s basically a bunch of stores and restaurants, but they are made from shipping containers. It’s a really trendy area and tends to get quite busy in the evenings, so I recommend taking a look during the day. One of my favourite things to do in Boxpark is to see all the artwork on the side of the streets and to write on the huge chalkboard where you can leave a nice message. There are lots of eating options in this area, but one of my favourite lunch spots is Markette (Hi guys, I’m really sorry but Markette has recently moved. So don’t go looking for it in Boxpark. There are still lots of other eating options in Boxpark that you can try!). It has so many yummy options, and the servers are really friendly, I would totally recommend it if you’re looking for a bite to eat in Boxpark.

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Kite Beach: Even after living in Dubai for three years, I still find it amazing that I can be in the city one minute and see the beautiful beach the next minute. Kite beach, hence the name is common for kite flyers, or parasailers etc… But there is also a running track stretching down the side of the beach, lots of restaurants and stalls, and plenty of sand to relax on. I would recommend going paddle boarding, as I did it once a few years ago and it was really fun. There are places where you can rent out all sorts of equipment and enjoy the ocean. After you enjoy some swimming and tanning, the view of the sunset from Kite Beach is the best in the whole of Dubai (in my opinion). It’s relaxing to just sit there and enjoy the breathtaking view as the sun hits the ocean.

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Salt: If you’re still on Kite Beach and fancy some dinner, Salt burger is the perfect place for you. It’s the ultimate burger joint in Dubai, and there’s a reason why it’s so popular. Their sliders are AMAZING, and my favorite drink from them is the lotus biscuit shake which is soooo delicious. In the evening you can sit on the benches outdoor, or in the covered area, and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere full of people enjoying their food.

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I hope you guys enjoyed that simple day plan for Dubai! Those are some of my favourite places to visit in Dubai, and I hope you try them as well. Be sure to tag me in any of your photos on Instagram (@Little.Miss.Expat) if you try any of these places. Enjoy your day!

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4 Super Easy Snack Bowl Recipes

Hey Guys,

So if you follow my Instagram (@little.miss.expat) you will know that I LOVE yogurt bowls, granola, and smoothies. Those are basically my three guilty pleasures, and I could eat them all day if I needed to. I’ve received so many questions about how I make these bowls and what I put in them, so I decided to compile my 4 favourite snack bowl recipes into one post for you guys so you can try them! Don’t worry these recipes are pretty self-explanatory, and you can add in and substitute ingredients as much as you want to.

The Original – This is my go-to snack bowl, I literally eat this every day after school, and as a dessert after dinner on some days as well because I love it so much. I’ll tell you what I put in mine but you can add in any of your favourite berries, and as many as you want.

You Will Need:

Yogurt (I just use a local Greek yogurt)

Mixed Berries of your choice (I use strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries)

Granola (my favourite is Lizzies Granola)

Mixed Nuts (to add on top)

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The Original.

The Fully Loaded Exotic – This is for times when I’m feeling a little more ‘out-there’. This yogurt bowl is filled with lots more fruits and flavors. It’s sharp, sweet, and tangy at the same time, and perfect for a summers day.

You Will Need:

Yogurt (I just use a local Greek yogurt)

Mango

Kiwi

Pomegranate

Passion Fruit

Figs

Shredded Coconut

Granola (I use Lizzie’s Granola)

Mixed Berries

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The Fully Loaded Exotic Bowl.

The Nutty Chocolate Bowl – For all of you with a sweet tooth, this one will be perfect for you! It’s basically a smoothie bowl filled with peanut butter, cocoa powder, and banana, but because I only use a tiny amount of the cocoa powder, I call this bowl a healthy one 🙂

You Will Need:

Peanut Butter (I used one that was infused with coconut, extra yummy!)

Cocoa powder

1 Banana

Milk

Walnuts

Ice

(blend all of these ingredients together to make the ‘base’ of this smoothie bowl)

For Toppings:

Cacao Nibs

Banana

Crushed Walnuts

Almond Slices

Shredded Coconut

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The Nutty Chocolate Bowl.

The Simplistic Chia Seed Pudding – Guys I’ll be honest, I’m a huge fan of chia seed pudding and I love to make it for myself as a treat. The word ‘pudding’ is a bit misleading, because it just means that the chia seeds are being soaked in some sort of milk. But this whole dessert is actually pretty healthy and is definitely delicious.

You Will Need:

Chia Seeds

Coconut Milk

(warm up the milk and mix it with the chia seeds. Refrigerate this mixture for a few hours before you assemble the pudding)

For The Toppings:

Mixed berries of your choice

Granola

Shredded coconut

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The Simplistic Chia Seed Pudding.

So those are my four healthy snack bowl recipes and trust me they are all delicious. I’ve never written a blog post about my recipes before, but it was certainly interesting to do, and the pictures were really fun to take. Let me know if you’re interested in seeing more of my recipes! Tell me if you try any of these recipes, and tag it with the #LittleMissExpatRecipes for a feature!

See you next week 🙂

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