So I am going through my blogs and noticed that I never did one on Iceland. I did a tidbit or better yet the do’s and don’ts but I never really showed you the beauty of Iceland.
Right now, Iceland is a hot touristy spot. The airfare is relatively inexpensive especially if you are flying WoW Airlines. Delta even had a roundtrip deal for $300 out of JFK. When I visited Iceland in March, it was the “end” of winter. I use quotes because that was a lie. The week prior to our trip, Iceland had a massive snow storm and the temperature had warmed into the 20s Farenheint/-5 degrees Celsius.
For this trip to Iceland, I opted to by pay for the excursion via Viator. I will not lie to you, it was pricey but it was worth it. The drive to the Southern part of Iceland is between one and two hours from Reykjavík. So our first stop was this cute farm house in the region of Höfuðborgarsvæðið (yeah, go ahead and try to pronouce it) or just outside of Reykjavik. As you can see a lot of snow on the ground and in the mountains. If you do a self drive, make sure to stop and take a photo.
This was my first waterfall and I was literally in awe. Keep in mind, it is early March. The ground has about 3 inches of snow as you get closer to the waterfall, it gets icy or better yet slippery. You are afraid that you may fall but at the same time you want to get closer.
As you get closer, you can feel the spray from waterfall and all you want to do is dance.
Finally, the views of the waterfall with the rainbows are just phenomenal.
Our next stop was the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It is just as impressive as the Skogafoss
Oh why or why did my friend and I attempt to go behind the waterfall. As you can see it was just a sheet of ice. We opted to turn back rather than risking a limb.
Sólheimajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers
Now the best part of this trip was attempting hiking the glacier without crampons. Now you are probably wondering what is crampons. Crampons are a necessity to securely travel on snow and ice. We saw a lot of slip and fall. Just make sure to order one from Amazon.
Also, due to higher elevation, it was also windy. So just image a hike when it is freezing and windy, but guess who had a great time.
Black Sand Beaches of Vik
Our last stop was to Vik. This is where you get to experience the black sand beach.
And then you have that moment of just sitting and admiring the view
Oh and the best part is when you and your friends can just jump around because we are in Iceland!
If you have an opportunity to visit Iceland, make sure to either take the tour or self-drive to the South Island. It is an experience that will keep you warm for a long time.