Iceland is one of those countries I’ve always thought would be cool to visit, but never realistically thought I’d get the chance… and I’m so glad I did! We weren’t originally planning on it until we found out we could have a stopover up to seven days flying Icelandair, and it easily became one of my favorite places on the whole trip. This wild island of hot pools, volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches, glaciers, cliffs– and it’s beauty and diversity blew my mind. Such a cool place and I want to be back!
We stayed in the capital city of Reykjavik, where the majority of the small population live. It’s 40 min away from the airport, and the island is vast and spread out, so I’m dying to come back to rent a car and drive around the island to explore it more. Even though we didn’t have a car this time, we spent a day doing a south shore excursion, checked out the laid-back mountain –and beach– town of Reykjavik (and some cool coffee shops,) and of course we had to indulge in one of the local activities: bathing in one of the thermal pools that are everywhere!
Hallgrimskirkja Church feat. Leifur Eiriksson
South Shore Adventures
The landscape was so beautiful even driving a couple hours! Such diversity: vast hills, some green and massive rolling graciously into endless grass, others brown and snowcapped… glacier topped volcanoes melting pools of turquoise streams and rivers carving through the patchy ground, sometimes dotted with tufts of green brush… rocky plains that felt I was driving through the “ore sections” of a Catan game…
Porvaldseyri, Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
A farm village at the foot of a glacier-topped volcano, which last erupted in 2010.
Black Sand Beaches, Reynisdrangar Rock Formations
Vik, Black Sand Beaches
Skogar Folk Museum
Iceland was an unexpectedly perfect ending to an amazing past three weeks, and actually one of my top three places the whole trip. It was a surreal experience being in the midst of such beauty on black beaches, behind waterfalls, inside rainbows… I definately want to be back someday and explore more of this captivating beauty that fills me with awe and longing to meet it’s artist.