TRAVEL JOURNAL - Land of Fire and Ice
EUROPE PART I - STUNNING ICELAND
It's amazing how a tiny island situated just by the arctic circle could be so wonderfully rich with natural wonders. After liking countless instagram posts and feeling much travel envy, I knew I had to experience all the beauty Iceland had to offer and it definitely did not disappoint, even touristy Blue Lagoon was amazing and totally worth it.
Before we embarked on an 8 day road trip, a coworker who had visited Iceland a few years back in winter had warned that depending on the weather, the roads up to the North of Iceland could be close due to heavy snow conditions. So wanting to be flexible, we had planned our accommodations and things to see for the first four days which will take us along the entire southern coast. After that, depending on road conditions, we were going to take each day as it comes which turned out to be one of the best parts of the trip. Having that element of pure spontaneity and not knowing what the next day will bring was one of the best parts of a road trip!
With each day of our drive, a different landscape would unfold before us, from black lava rock covered with fluffy moss, to smoking geysirs, thundering waterfalls to pristine glaciers within snow covered landscapes. It was definitely one of the best vacations I've ever experienced. The air was brisk and fresh, people unbelievably friendly and everywhere the food was really good though expensive and a little repetitive. Not gonna lie, after 6 days of seafood, cold sandwiches and lamb stews, I was aching for a piping hot bowl of asian noodle soup.
Amongst all the amazing experiences during our road trip, three definitely stood out as highlights. Hiking a glacier on my birthday and drinking freshly melted ice while looking out onto the spectacular landscape, soaking in a private paradise of a natural hot spring in the ground at 7am and sitting in a hot tub of a random bed and breakfast by a quaint seaside town while watching the lights of the aurora dance above us was truly magical and sealed by love for Iceland.
I can't wait to go back during a different season to see Iceland in her transformed glory.
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous