My husband and I are expecting our first baby this summer and, amidst all the excitement and the growing pile of baby items slowly taking over our living room, I knew one thing: Our travel life was about to change. Enter: the babymoon. We both wanted to get one final trip in as a couple before becoming a travel pack of three, but deciding on the destination was tough. I wanted it to feel significant, which often translates as international in our book, yet I also cringed at the thought of cramming my growing belly into a tiny airplane seat for 7+ hours. Finally, I didn’t want to feel like I was missing out on the essence of a place, which meant excluding destinations where alcohol and late nights were part of the allure. It was a well-timed email from Icelandic low-cost airline Play offering an incredible round-trip deal to Reykjavik that helped our decision fall into place. Iceland promised an international adventure a mere five hour flight from Boston, with a playground of unlimited magical landscapes to explore. If you’re looking for a getaway that truly feels otherworldly, plan a trip to Iceland ASAP—and make sure to bookmark these packing essentials to help you get there.
Where I stayed:
Hotel Rangá’s prime location in south Iceland makes it the perfect hotel choice for travelers looking to step outside of the capital. Only 90 minutes outside of Reykjavik, this four-star hotel offers a rural adventure where you are guaranteed warm service, incredible amenities, and a fantastic food and drink program. You’re an easy drive to some of Iceland’s must-see attractions like the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss and Vík´s famous black sand beaches. Plus, its remote location leaves it free of light pollution, making it a perfect spot to view the Northern Lights. Speaking of, they even have a complimentary Northern Lights wake up service for all guests. Simply press a button on your in-room phone and the Hotel Rangá team will notify you should the lights appear, no matter the time of day.