February 28, 2017
Our final day in Iceland turned out not to be a full day because we were headed to the airport to (sadly) leave this magical place. We did get to spend some fun times in the city of Reykjavík though, exploring some of their more interesting architectural sites like the Harpa Symphony Hall and the Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral.
In closing, I’m feel so incredibly lucky to have visited the amazing nation of Iceland, especially since their soccer team happened to be beating all odds and headed toward the World Cup (last summer) while I was there. This amazing country is so beautiful and I hope that all the attention is positive and brings conscientious travelers who are as into preservation as soaking in the natural beauty.
The ninth Icelandic photo adventure:
February 27, 2017
Our eighth day in Iceland was spent doing some of the more touristy Icelandic things that people do if they only have time in fly into Reykjavík and see a few surrounding attractions. These attractions are together called the Golden Circle so we spent the day driving and enjoying the Golden Circle. This included Thingvellir National Park Mid-Atlantic rift valley, Gullfoss waterfall and the Strokkur and Geysir Hot Spring Area. And while not officially on the list, we ended with the Kerid Crater in Selfoss, a volcanic crater lake. What a great way to end the nature-only portion of our trip and reintegrate ourselves into civilization! It was almost strange to see so many people at all these attractions, including high school students taking senior photos since we hadn’t been near this many people at the same time for an entire week!
The eighth Icelandic photo adventure:
February 25, 2017
This seventh day in Iceland was magical. It started magically because the sixth day almost never ended. We spent the night in a converted van right on the Eyjafjördur Fjord just north of Akureyri and saw the setting and simultaneous rising of the midnight sun. It was so magical! This one was definitely a bucket list winner!
Leaving Akureyri, we stopped in Hofsós, which is famous for its geothermal pools and spent some time enjoying the waters there before driving though horse country. Multiple times we stopped along the road to get up close with these Icelandic beauties. Then we spent the afternoon hiking the Koluglijufur Gorge in Vídidalsvehur, which was exceptionally beautiful. It was neat to see just how deep the river had carved into the rocks here and while maybe not as impressive as some of the gorges in France or the Grand Canyon, it was almost a different type of awe because you could still see the rushing water from the cliff tops.
The seventh Icelandic photo adventure:
February 21, 2017
Husavik and Akureyri are probably the most populated cities in northern Iceland. In fact, Akureyri is so large (by Icelandic standards) that it’s considered the northern capital. This means nothing because it’s really still just a tiny town, but anyway. The first half of the day we spent in Husavik in hopes of spotting some whales off the northern coast of Iceland. Of course this didn’t happen, but I ended up finding some beautiful wildflowers and snow-capped mountains instead, which made the drive up totally worth it.
In Akureyri, we got a bit of a respite from all the traveling and driving and had a chance to walk around this northern capital city, taking in the beautiful flowers in the Akureyri Botanical Garden, sipping Icelandic coffee and crumbly pastries, and taking fun pictures with giant troll statues. Many Icelandic people believe in folklore that incorporates trolls, elves, and other magical creatures that inhabit this magical land.
The sixth Icelandic photo adventure: