Our eight day adventure in Iceland was magical and I am already planning my return trip to experience it in summer. Here is a bit of what our trip entailed.
Our first stop directly from the rental car company was the Blue Lagoon where we relaxed in soft blue thermal heated water for hours while the sky lightened.
In the south we explored waterfalls, ruins, black beaches, walked on Europe’s largest glacier with Arctic Adventures, saw diamond beach and glacier lagoon and had the best burger of my life in Vík at Smiðjan Brugghús.
On the western peninsula we found otherworldly landscapes, a raging sea hitting rocky cliffs, snow capped mountains, a black church and more waterfalls then we could count. We also experienced rain, sleet, hail, snow and winds hard enough to put you off balance.
We used Reykavík as a home base for the week and went to Sandholt every day for fresh bread, pastries and sandwiches. We enjoyed the flea market, pointing out houses we’d want to live in and the awesome murals. Stephanie and I even bouldered at a local gym and then got bubble tea after our session. It’s a wonderful city.
The drive around the Golden Circle is where we finally saw Icelandic horses up close. We also saw the impressive Gullfoss and had tomato ice cream at Friðheimar, a tomato greenhouse and restaurant.
On our last day, just before our flight we explored the southern peninsula, Reykjanes. It was the one and only sunny day of our trip which made the haunted hot springs, Gunnuhver, even more eerie.
Thank you to my travel companions, Samantha, Stephanie and Maya, for putting up with my many photo requests and for all the laughter.