Iceland | Part 2 | Adventures with Ryan & Shayna

Well hello and welcome back to Part 2 of our Iceland Adventure! If you haven’t checked out part one stop everything and click here! Ok, now that you’re caught up, lets jump right in! We left off with Diamond beach, which quite honestly was amazing to see. There were a lot of people up at the crack of dawn with us to see this natural phenomena which was really neat to see all of the photographers out and about. After Diamond beach we headed to hike and see the Svartifoss waterfall. This hike was super easy, honestly most sights and hiking in Iceland are pretty awesome since you drive right up to the majority of them! This place was literally out of Game of Thrones or honestly any fantasy movie. The trees were incredibly curvy, the foliage was all fall colors and the rock formations were just so interesting. Needless to say this was an awesome hike!

And of course here’s me attempting to make a funny…

Remember that time we drank straight from the stream? Well we continued to do the same thing and took our reusable water bottle with us to drink fresh Icelandic stream water, again we didn’t die so I’m still assuming we did the right thing! Plus Ryan being a water connoisseur says that it is the best water he has every tasted. After the hiking and water fall we were on the road again to our next destination which was to see a glacier! Now I know there are many Glaciers in Iceland but this one had hardly any visitors since it was so early in the morning and this spot was probably one of the most calming places I have ever been too.

Well except for Ryan’s drone. That was not calming hearing “Crap! It lost signal!” echoing through the canyon. *Spoiler alert, he didn’t loose it*

This image is the Glacier that we were at. We drove quite a ways to get to it and were hiking along the left side of the image to see the melted ice.

On our drive we found one of the oldest churches in Iceland along the way which was really neat to see. They built the church into the ground almost and it was one of the most interesting churches i’ve ever seen before. The really weird thing was the graves though, they looked built up, which was a bit unsettling.

After the church we drove to our next destination which was adjacent to Diamond beach and housed the majority of the iceberg pieces that would eventually wind up in the ocean or pushed back to the beach. This day turned into a very clear gorgeously cold day that really showed off the colors of the island and the water, it was epic!

After spending some time here with the icebergs we took off on our journey to the east side of the island. Now during this lovely journey we had quite the adventure with our tire. It kept deflating so we’d inflate it and keep moving on. There was a point where we knew we had a complete flat tire, were in the middle of nowhere and just kept driving super slow till we saw civilization. We eventually were able to pull over and change to the spare, its very dangerous to try and pull over anywhere in Iceland! They actually warn about this on the plane ride there! We were so far from any dealership or any rental car place to exchange it so we just kept going and hoped for the best! We figured we’d be good because we saw our first Icelandic cat in this town. Logic right?

After that endeavor we were able to drive to our next stop, Vestrahorn. It is a three peaked mountain in the Hvalnes peninsula. Although Ryan was excited for the landscape he made a huge mistake by not realizing that there was horse farm connected to this peninsula. Needless to say I was jumping fences and spending my time with the horses. He actually thought he lost me until he realized that I never left the horses, I mean why would I?

*first picture is of our first Icelandic kitty sighting! He was so cute!

I practically yelled at Ryan and told him to pet the horses. Once he did I think he finally learned why they are just such amazing creatures. I’ve always had an irrational love for horses and have never been afraid of them, they’re just so beautiful and so amazing to be around. I can’t explain the feeling but it’s almost similar to how I feel about cats haha. Ok enough gushing about Icelandic horses. After leaving them, begrudgingly, we began our journey to the quiet side of Iceland through the east Fjords.

This drive was so calm and stunning, apparently no one travels to the east fjords during the winter time because driving conditions are awful and well, there’s not much going on besides fishing and industrial buildings and farming. I think we were lucky we drove on this day because it was clear for us to see at night but man oh man was it windy, I mean cold somewhat rainy wind that just shook the car and chilled the bones. BUT stunning.

I knew once we reached our Air BnB we would be out for the count, excited to shower and be happy to go to our next adventure. I knew originally I would have to split this blog up and thought I could do it in 2 parts, but I SO thought wrong! Yes that’s right there are tons of more images! and part 3 is to be continued! Thanks for following along on our journey!

Iceland | Part 1 | Adventures with Ryan & Shayna

Last year we were going to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. Being that it was a huge milestone we wanted to make it as special as possible. So we searched for places to travel, somewhere outside of the U.S and somewhere we could be outdoors and explore. We were thinking of Europe and while looking at flights we discovered Iceland. Now I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland but never thought it was somewhere I would travel so soon. We traveled the entire island, experienced some of the craziest weather and met some of the most amazing people! We took so many photos that I truly had to split up this blog post. Here is Part 1 of our Iceland adventure!

Our first stop was in Reykjavik. We drove to the city for breakfast, coffee and supplies for our journey into Vík. While we were there we couldn't help but stop at the largest church in Iceland, Hallgrímskirkja.

After Supplies we drove to our first waterfall, well first waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss. And after we walked around Seljalandsfoss Ryan did some offloading and we….got stuck.

If you super zoom in on this image, I’m sure you would see a very angry blonde woman murmuring “I said don’t do it!”

So Four hours later we were rescued and we didn’t go off roading after that… BUT we did stumble upon our first batch of Icelandic Horses!

Later that evening we made our way to Vík and stayed the night in a yurt, yes you read that right!

The next day we made our way to Skogafoss, the biggest most powerful waterfall I have ever seen. It was stunning. Then we went to the infamous black sand beach where the wind and rain was crazy! After surviving the black sand beach we got back on the road towards the other end of the island.

And of course on our journey we saw so many amazing rainbows! but nothing quite as cool as petting and being with wild Icelandic Horses!

After Icelandic Horses and lots of traveling we spent the next day in a cabin and then we of course ran into more waterfalls!

This last waterfall we drank the water, literally from the stream drank the water. Iceland has the purest water and well we didn’t get sick so I’m assuming it was completely safe! haha. But in all seriousness it was very good!

After this we walked over to some wild sheep, they reminded us of Nizmo. The resemblance is uncanny!

Our next morning we woke up incredibly early to go to Diamond Beach. Small pieces of icebergs fall off and float into the ocean where they are then pushed onto the black sand beach. It is the most incredible sight, especially at sunrise.

Stay tuned for Part 2!