Hi Y’all! I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving! I know I am still feeling stuffed to the brim from all of that turkey, stuffing and DESSERT! Yum. So I’m here to share more about our trip to Iceland today and I am absolutely loving going back through our pictures each time I write one of these posts! We have such an intense love for travel and sometimes I wish I could just quit my job and go get lost somewhere — but since that’s not quite realistic, I’ll keep reliving our adventures here!
Our first stop of the day was at Faxi Waterfall! By this point I was already completely blown away by Iceland’s natural beauty and after stopping here, it’s clear she’s just showing off! The one thing I took away from this trip was how unbelievably stunning of a country Iceland is and how it is preserved and untouched in a way that we just don’t find at home.
Our first stop was this amazing Geysir and Geothermal area on the Golden Circle. Iceland is called the land of Ice and Fire as it has both glaciers and volcanoes! Almost all of their heat is sourced naturally on the island (see all of that steam above?) and it makes for some pretty amazing sightseeing! We visited Strokkur – Iceland’s most famous Geysir – erupting every 6-10 minutes.
The water in these streams was definitely HOT and they had plenty of signs warming people to keep their hands out!
Next, we headed to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall. This place looked like a scene straight out of Game of Thrones. I definitely thought we had somehow found our way south of the wall and we were going to meet Jon Snow and the Night King at any moment. Weather can change so quickly in Iceland and many of the stops we went to had varying degrees of winter going on! There wasn’t actually any snow here, but it was cold enough for the mist and water from the falls to make these incredible ice crystals on the canyon!
Before we entered the canyon and walked all the way to the tip of that ledge below!
So if you guys ever decide to go to Iceland, we cannot recommend Iceland Guided Tours enough! Our guide, Ragnor, was AMAZING and even arranged a few special spots for us along our journey – one specifically to see Icelandic Horses – which I was absolutely DYING to have a close encounter with!
Our final stop of the day was Pingvellir National Park. This National Park has so much historical and geological significance. The park contains a rift valley that houses the mid-Atlantic ridge and the boundary of the North American and Eurasian Tectonic Plates. We would have spent more time here, but the weather was starting to turn on us (the wind and snow at the ridge was so strong they wouldn’t even let you go up to the overlook!) but we snapped a few shots at the bottom!!
That’s all for the Golden Circle Tour! Stay tuned for my next #traveltuesday post for Part 3 and the Southern Coast!! 💕💕