iceland adventures | photo travel diary

if you haven’t been to iceland, you need to consider going there. it’s seriously one of the most photogenic places i’ve ever visited. you can’t see nature here like it is there. we were only in iceland for 3.5 days but got to travel all along the southern coast and stopped in Reykjavik before we flew home. luckily, we missed the snow (it had snowed 22 inches just a week before we got there!) and the weather was fairly pleasant the entire trip (minus the 80 mph winds on one of the days…). we hope to make it to the northern part of the country one day; perhaps in the summer when it’s a bit warmer and is an entirely different experience!

i wanted to share some of the magical places we visited and saw. these pictures don’t do it full justice so i’d recommend just going to iceland and seeing it for yourself. :)

fun facts we learned along the way:

  • there’s more green in iceland and more ice in greenland.
  • gas costs about $8/gallon. yep, we spent $200 on gas in 3 days.
  • any food in iceland also costs an arm and a leg because they need to import everything. a large domino’s pizza was nearly $40. bring snacks and ramen to munch on as you travel.
  • iceland has some of the cleanest water in the world. you can drink straight from the rivers and glaciers!
  • despite having the cleanest waters, the showers smell like rotten eggs.
  • the weather can change in a second. staying on top of the weather forecast is a must if driving far distances!
  • iceland is known for their fermented fish.

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i’d recommend joining a tour to see the northern lights since they always scout the best places for the best chances, depending on the weather and cloud activity that night. it was about $60/person for a 2-2.5 hour tour. despite the cloudiness earlier that evening, we got lucky and caught a glimpse of some beautiful lights dancing across the sky at Þingvellir National Park.

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yes, it is cold, but the blue lagoon is quite hot! free mud masks and a complimentary drink included with your ticket. :)

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these natural hot springs are a wonder!

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fun DIY bridesmaids gifts

as i mentioned in my last post, joe and i got engaged in paris almost 5 months ago. time has flown by! we’ve started wedding planning and are thankful for the luxury of taking it easy. we’re still 440 days out from the big day. we nailed down some of the big checklist items, like setting a date, booking a venue, securing a photographer, and saying yes to the dress. :)

last month, i got to ask five of the best ladies in my life to be a part of my bridal party and wanted to share this fun, DIY idea i had the pleasure of gifting them.

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top 10 favorite spots & sights in paris!

joe and i took our first eurotrip together back in october to the romantic city of paris. joe helped us snag a flight deal in the spring that we couldn’t pass up–only $440 for a round-trip, direct flight! we decided to stay in paris for 7 days, 6 nights. we’re pretty fast-paced when it comes to traveling (think jam packed itineraries planned out for each day), and there were still a few places we could have visited. i would definitely recommend staying longer if you don’t want to rush, or if you want to travel to other nearby cities. paris is beautiful and i have heard that people can spend up to a month just in the city. despite being 3 months late (as always), i wanted to share our top 10 favorite experiences and sights that we visited.

the louvre. joe continues to laugh at me because i keep pronouncing it “the loov-ray” instead of “the loove.” this was on my list of must see places. it’s the largest museum in the world and is home to many famous pieces of art including the mona lisa and the venus de milo. take it from me—you’ll want proper walking shoes if you come here!

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in my opinion, the louvre is even more stunning at night! we were able to get a few more pictures with less people walking around.

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