Iceland - Part 2

Friday, December 18, 2015

The adventure continues! I left us at Akureyri in the last post as it marked the halfway point of our trip... And there is so much more coming!

Akureyri

We left early from Akureyri to make our way to the Myvatn lake.On the way we stumbled upon the most beautiful waterfall... accurately named the waterfall of Gods.

Godafoss
Which calls for a session of stop-drop-and-yoga!

Godafoss
A quick re-fuel for the car and coffee refill for us and we were on our way to Myvatn.

Myvatn


First stop - a casual hike! On the south side of Myvatn lake you will find an incredibly well maintained nature reserve where you can go for casual strolls. Making the most of the rare rays of sunshine, we took the opportunity to stretch our legs amongst old craters and lava rocks. September is a beautiful time to visit Iceland as the weather is not too cold, and you get to witness the leaves changing colors as you travel.

Next up - the secret Blue Lagoon.


Myvatn Baths
The Blue Lagoon, the real one that is, is located within the Golden Circle in South-West Iceland. It is extremely beautiful but overcrowded and overpriced. If you have the chance to travel all around Iceland, I cannot reccomend the Myvatn Baths enough. They are just as striking as the Blue Lagoon and alot more peaceful. At £10 per person compared to £35 for the Blue Lagoon its definitely worth a detour!

Feeling very relaxed, we continued on our adventure to see the widest waterfall in Europe! (Apparently.)
On the way, as seems to be the norm in Iceland, we stumbled upon another amazing sight... Sulphur mud pots. I know it doesn't sound great, and to be fair it really didn't smell fantastic, but it looked pretty kickass.


Hverir

A short drive off route 1 will bring you to Selfoss. If you are debating wheater or not to make the detour (30mins each way)... just do it! Like everything else in Iceland... you really can't go wrong. 


Selfoss
Selfoss is extremely impressive, as it trully is massive. I must say it's a bit frightening when you see first hand the power nature has over everything else. We stayed for a while listening to the roar of Selfoss until we made our way to the next and final stop: Víti.




It is a hot pool in a crater! You don't get much more Iceland than that I'd say...

And it is with that that we finished the most amazing day of the trip so far... I still can't quite believe it.

More to follow... bye for now!


 ps: what am I doing with my feet... huh?

Iceland - Part 1

Monday, December 14, 2015

Back in September I had the chance to take the trip of a lifetime... traveling around Iceland! This gem of an island is getting quite the buzz as of late, but with reason. Flights to Reykjavik are getting cheaper as low-cost airlines are adding it to their destinations and Icelandair is doing a "MyStopover" plan where you can travel from Europe to the USA whilst doing a cheeky trip to Iceland.

I cannot express in words the beauty that Iceland is. It is like combining all places on earth and the moon into one. We spent a week going around it, and it was just enough time to see all that we wanted.

Most people usually either explore the golden circle, which is South Iceland, or go around the periphery an anti-clockwise fashion. We decided to be rogue and do it clockwise, which in hindsight was definitely the best decision!


If you are planning a trip, I hope this map helps, until then... enjoy the pictures!

Snæfellsjökull and Rif (Western Peninsula)

I had seen the little red roofed church in a lot of pictures of Iceland. So you can imagine my joy when I thought we had found the exact one on our first night! We spent a long time trying to get the perfect picture of it, during the day and at blue hour. It isn't until the next few days that we realised.... all churches in Iceland have red roofs! They are all as equally picturesque though, and well worth a shot.

Crater near Hellnar
My first ever volcanic crater! It was long extinct, and not very big. But hey, its a volcano none the less.

Hellnar - Population 8

One thing I didn't expect whilst in Iceland, was their love for coffee. You can find a good coffee pretty much everywhere. Even in Hellnar, with a grand total population of 8.


Kirkjufellsfoss

The first of many waterfalls! This is quite a famous spot, and you just stumble upon it driving from one fishing town to the next. This makes for an absolute brilliant picture when the sun is setting, but no luck on our side for this one... still very impressive!



This is Heidi, our rental car on day 1 and day 2. Oops.



Aren't the sheep way more glamorous in Iceland than back home? I mean... look at those locks! Driving in Iceland was surprisingly easy, if you stick to the "highway": Road 1. It is the only road that goes all around the island and is "mostly" paved the whole way.

 Deserted highway - Lake Myvatn

We spent the first three nights travelling along route 1 until Akureyri, where we found the most wonderful airbnb...


It had the most amazing view over Akureyri, which happens to be set between a fjord and snowy mountains. An amazing place to end the first part of this trip! For more amazing pics check out Lukas' site :)

Till' next time.

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