Iceland

Iceland | Part 3 | Adventures with Shayna & Ryan

Alright! We’ve made it to Part 3! If you haven’t read all about the beginning of our trip you can find part 1 Here and part 2 Here. We ended our last blog on our drive through the fjords and chilling weather. Well the weather got much colder throughout the night and as we started our morning we were met with snow. We had a long drive ahead of us through the snow to visit the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss.

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Dettifoss

The falls are 100 metres (330 ft) wide and have a drop of 44 metres (144 ft) down to the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. It is the largest waterfall in Icelandin terms of volume discharge, having an average water flow of 193 m³/s

I tried to get a better vantage point from climbing rocks because this waterfall was so massive. You can see the image of the other woman standing way to close for comfort on just how large the falls are. I kept my distance since it was windy, freezing cold and very easy to fall! We got stuck in this spot for a little while due to the lack of snow chains and tourists who kept getting stuck. We eventually got out and were on our way to our next location, the Hverir Geothermal area, which was incredibly smelly due to the sulfur! We didn’t stay there very long and were off to our next spot.

Our goal was to hit as many Game Of Thrones locations as possible during this trip, in case you weren’t aware, I am a HUGE Game of Thrones nerd! Follow me on Instagram and i’m sure you’ll be amused over my nerdy tendencies. Anywho while in this are on our way to Akureyri, we found Jon Snow and Ygritte’s cave!

Stunning, yet deadly. The caution signs to not touch or get in the water were everywhere BUT we still climbed in for this shot! Next we went to Godafoss before settling in for the night on the northside of the island. We were really hoping to be able to see the Northern Lights as the north side is typically the darkest but it was a cloudy evening and we didn’t luck out.

After our night in Akureyri we began our decent back to Reykjavik and stopped at the Black Church, Kirkjufell mountain and some black sand beaches.

We found the same waterfall the Arya was training at with the Hound before Brienne and Podgrick found them. It was probably my favorite waterfall we discovered!

After this we drove for quite sometime before heading back in to Reykjavik. Our next day we explored the city, discovered a viking ship (architecturally speaking), fell in love with their concert hall! I mean, it’s stunning! We had lunch and then discovered some amazing street art.

The next day we got our photo’s taken by a local Photographer Kaja! We spent the majority of the day with her and had the most amazing time! Despite it being incredibly cold and really windy we were able to get some really great photos from our session! Visit my Instagram to see some of those images! The next day we were back to adventure time! As an Anniversary gift I bought tickets for us to go inside of a volcano, yes you read that right! He really wanted to see the inside of this volcano and me being the adventurer I thought why not?? This volcano was taller than the statue of liberty and was originally discovered by brothers who went all the way down below on a rope! An added bonus for me was to see a Red Arctic Fox near the volcano site!

Our next day would be spent driving the golden circle and somewhat relaxing.

This last image is also from Game Of Thrones! It’s the same road the Wildlings were walking on with Jon after they had breached the climb over the wall.

On our last day we drove fairly early in the morning to Vík to see the plane crash. Ryan was obsessed with visiting the plane wreck.

On our way back we found the strangest and funniest thing in Iceland! A Fence of women’s underwear and bras! We searched the story behind it and it turns out that the land owner hung her own bra from the fence and then shortly after more and more women started hanging their bras so it just became it’s own tradition.

Our last night on the Island we had reservations to go to the Blue Lagoon. Originally I had wanted to go during the day to see it in the sunlight but they were booked, and I am so thankful they were! While eating out one night we met fellow travelers who were simply the best humans to meet during our travels! It turns out that they had the same reservation time as us for the Blue Lagoon! We didn’t take any photos at the lagoon as this was meant to be a relaxing time so hopefully I can help paint a picture for you.

The lagoon is comprised of a natural geothermal hot spring and the water is in fact blue. There are tons of people in the pools and although you are able to drink in the pool and wear mud masks there is still a clean feeling to the warm water. The location itself is huge and offers a ton of other amenities. Thankfully on the night that we went and met up with our friends the night sky was clear and we could easily see the stars. While chatting in the water we met two of the employees who worked for the blue lagoon (Both were gorgeous) and throughout our talks we were asking about the northern lights. I had already determined in my head that we wouldn’t be seeing them this trip and would have to make another trip (darn lol). Somehow in the midst of warm water, crisp cold air, great people the lights at the blue lagoon went black. The locals yelled Icelandic to each other and our Blue Lagoon friend pointed to the sky and like magic, Green appeared from thin air and started dancing in the sky. This was probably one of the most incredible moments I have ever experienced and I will never forget the feeling of staring up at the sky and watching the northern lights from the Blue Lagoon.

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!