Iceland has been a wonderful journey and I am so blessed to have had this opportunity to travel to such a unique country full of life and surprises. The people, food, activities and just everything have been amazing and I can't wait for my next trip here one day! Peace and love, Iceland. It's been real.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
To add to the list of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, we camped out at the Skaftafell campgrounds the last couple of days and hiked Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier one of the days. Thank goodness I didn't fall and neither did anyone else because we had tools like crampons to grip the ice, pick axes also for gripping, and ropes and careener in difficult parts. Back at the campsite, we met an Icelandic accordion player and guitarist and his German wife and two kids, Mia and Richard. We invited him to dinner with us and afterwards got to hear him play Icelandic folk music and some of his own songs. The next day, we packed up our campsite and went on a zodiac boat tour to the glacier wall where the ocean and glacier meet and icebergs fall off and are taken by the current to the surrounding black beaches. The rest of our day was spent traveling to Höfn.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Starting out being thirty minutes late to breakfast was not a good way to start off our day of travel, but Alex, Sam, Paiton, and I were able to catch up with the group in time to hit the road at 9:30. Along the road, we stopped at many attractions Iceland has to offer, as seen above. We walked around the former center of business and social aspects of Iceland in a town called that is now very small because many volcanoes erupted around the area, so it was unsafe and everyone moved to Reykjavik. More bus stops included seeing the Gullfoss and the Geysir, two breath taking natural wonders.
góður dagur! Yesterday was so crazy and active, so this post is one day late, but very eventful! Whale is delicious and surprisingly tastes like steak, not chicken. It is one of their delicacies along with lamb hotdogs which I've yet to try, but can't wait to. We learned many more interesting (and debatable) facts from our opinionated tour guide about the city's history and quirks like the belief in elves around the country. After our long ride through the streets and hills, we drove a little outside of town to the 2nd annual Viking festival of Reykjavik where icelandic people of all ages gathered to put on a show for tourists and residents to enjoy. There was also a market and a restaurant where we shopped for items like horns, handcrafted jewelry, and other handmade items and where we ate dinner. It was a long day and we didn't end up getting back to our hostel until bedtime, but we had to pack too because we left early this morning for the countryside.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
d we need to go to bed so this is going to be short!! Today, we went to the top of the cathedral named something i cannot pronounce -Hallgrimskirkja- and we got to see a bird's eye view around the city. For the rest of the day, we walked around the city and went to a fun, eclectic coffee shop and saw more of the city from eye level.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
After countless trips to the Houston Camera Exchange, REI, and Whole Earth Provisions, we are finally embarking on our journey this coming up Tuesday. I am anxious to be away from friends and family and to have a total fomo (fear of missing out), but i know that everything will be worth it once I step off the plane. Expectations: arctic landscapes, aurora borealis, ice caves, a nice summer temperature and a regular amount of sleep. Reality: summer and luscious green landscapes, melted ice caves, barely any darkness, 50 degrees at the peak of the day, and 20 hours of daylight. This is my intro to my time in Iceland. Follow me and vicariously travel to Iceland through my pics and blog updates!