Both of these pictures are from yesterday when we went around the so called "Golden Circle". The sunrise was amazing and the landscape... wow.
These are all from our roadtrip on Friday. This amazing place is called Jökulsárlón and is a glacier lagoon. It's in the southern part of the island and right under the huge Vatnajökull glacier. We arrived right when the sun was setting and I think we all got a little bit emotional, it was definitely one of the most beautiful places I've seen. In the freezing water there were free seals in their natural habitat, playing around and watching us.
Black Sand Beach, in the city of Vík. We've heard you should be very careful while spending time here (there were a lot of signs warning tourist that you shouldn't camp near the beach. The waves are very rough and unpredictable and sadly enough the girl in tourist information told us that a tourist died there last year.
The waterfall Skógafoss, one of our first stops this Friday. It was such a powerful waterfall! If you walked the stairs to the top of the fall you had a view of the glacier and mountains behind it and also the river under the fall that lead to the ocean.
The Strokkur geyser in the Geysir-area. What a power!! Burned my foot while walking over some of the water from it though... the water is about 80-90 degrees celsius. The area is included in the Golden circle.
Last but not least the Gullfoss waterfall!! It was really slippery over there since the water in the air immediately froze to ice everyone (it was freezing cold and a bit windy.) This place is also on the way around the Golden circle.
Here are some pictures from our road trips on Friday and Saturday. Both days we've started before sunrise and gotten home after sunset. But it's been worth every minute of it. The landscape here never seems to stop impressing with its greatness. Here's a summery of our Friday and Saturday:
This day we drove about 800km. We left home around 8am to drive to our first stop Seljalandsfoss, a real small nice waterfall. After the fall the glaciers started showing up on our way to Skógafoss which has a lot of more action. At Skógafoss you could-a walk up a bunch of stairs (felt like thousands of them, I have to admit) to get to the top of the waterfall. The view from there was stunning, you could se the mountains and glaciers on one side and the lake from the waterfall on the other one. The lake went through a sun lit flat landscape until it reached the ocean. Later we drove to the small town Vík and walked a bit on their Black sand beach before we had some lunch at a local grill. Then it was time for a looong drive to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. We drove pretty much (at least) four hours in total front and back from Vík to see this place - and my lord it was worth it! It's located right underneath the Vatnajökull glacier which is huuuge (have a look on a map of Iceland - you can't miss it.) Since it was between the glacier and the ocean it was real windy and freezing cold but since we've learned that layers is life here on Iceland we were well prepared. I even had some time to just sit down and take it all in for a while. Except the amazing view is was also sunset and free seals were swimming around i the lagoon playing with each other and looking at the (stupid) tourists. It's the first time in my life I've seen free seals this close by, and so many of them! Jökulsárlón is definitely a place I would recommend everyone to go to. If you're better at planning than us you can book a 2-3 hour guided your around the glacier and get to climb inside of ice caves in the area!! I'm so sad we didn't know that earlier. After the glacier lagoon the looong drive home to Reykjavík waited. As a treat for staying up and having an awesome day we then went out on town for a pizza and some icelandic beer.
Since we weren't going as far this day we left around 10 am (I think) for the Golden circle which took us through an amazing landscape with prairies and in the distance: mountains everywhere. Since the sun rose while we were driving it felt like the landscape were opening up more and more for us every minute. We stopped at the Geysir-area and saw the Strokkur geyser erupt a couple of times (the real Geysir was resting for that time.) Later we drove just a couple of more kilometres away to the Gullfoss waterfall which was huge. It was real slippery though since a lot of the water splashing from the waterfall immediately freezes to ice in this time of the year. We had some lunch at their café which has mostly sandwiches and a soup of the day (also coffee and tea which is much needed in the cold.) They also have a big tourist shop where my mum managed to buy a hat for 10.000 icelandic crowns (about 800 swedish crowns.) It was real nice though!! But anyway... we then left for our last "target": the Secret Lagoon (Gamla Laugin in Flúðir.) We were all on board on the though of going to a lagoon while here in Iceland but we were unsure about the Blue Lagoon and also we found out that you had to book it a couples of weeks ahead which we hadn't done and therefor it was fully booked until December. The Secret Lagoon was real nice though! It was cheaper and felt very natural, and oh my t was hot... We had some beer in the lagoon and after 1,5 hour I was more red than anyone there and felt like I was about to pass out haha. Which isn't that surprising since it was like I've been in a sauna for 1,5 hours and well... I didn't drink any water. Big warning!!: don't dip your head if you've got sensitive skin. I had a face mask the same night and my face completely flipped out (it was horrible, hurt a lot and on the top of that I looked like the nose of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. I used the same face mask a week earlier and then it was no problem. It became an evil circle: I cried because it hurt so much and then it hurt even more since I cried tears on my cheeks (which somehow triggered the rash.) Summery: just be careful.
Today was our last day and we've mainly been hanging out in the city since the weather was nice and we've have spent a lot of time on the road (we're all a bit tired.) I'll update you more about Reykjavík later. Tomorrow we're leaving for Sweden again.
Love and light,