I’ve not blogged for a whole 16 days and I’ve missed it.

I was going to update while we were away but, in the end it I thought it would remind me of what was coming next or what we’ve already been through. Its been really nice to just feel normal. No medication, no clinic visits. Just us having a normal life and fun on holiday.

We’ve been away to Iceland for 5 nights. We tend to go away this time of year as it fits well around Lee’s wedding photography business. He’s swamped from March – October time so we take advantage of long haul sunshine.

Unfortunately we’re currently quite limited on where we can travel too that’s warm right now with the Zika virus so widespread. If we took the risk to travel to an affected area, then our IVF treatment would be delayed.

The clinic’s current advice is here.

Travellers returning from affected areas should consider the following guidance to minimise the risk of Zika virus transmission:

  • Female traveller, symptomatic or asymptomatic, should not try to conceive naturally, donate gametes or proceed with fertility treatment for 8 weeks.
  • Male traveller, symptomatic or asymptomatic, should not try to conceive naturally, donate gametes or proceed with fertility treatment for 6 months.

Anyway, seeing the Northern Lights has always been on our bucket lists, so we decided to embrace the cold instead!

Iceland is the most magical place, I’ve never seen scenery like it in my life. We were so very luck to see the Northern Lights on our first night, well morning actually. Our amazing Hotel Ranga had a lights wake up call, and rang us at 5.40am.

In 3 days we took a Golden Circle tour with Valdi from Southcoast Adventure taking in the sights of Gullfoss waterfall, the famous Geysir which all other geysers are named after and walked round Thingvellir National Park. We fell off a snowmobile on top of Katla, an active volcano that is likely to erupt soon. The falling off bit wasn’t one of my holiday highlights!

Two nights at a fab Airbnb in Reykjavik exploring, eating and (amazingly) drinking was so much fun, and the Blue Lagoon was the perfect way to end a trip of a lifetime.

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