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