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Hello there ! Another little break, but I am back for a day or two. We shall see.

Day 4

On day 4 we decided to go to Vik ( we were meant to go there on our second day but we were too tired and overslept)

So as usual we woke up for breakfast at around 7/8 am-ish and were gone for adventure. Vik is based in Southern Iceland near by Sólheimajökull. The reason why I really wanted to go there was because of the black beach, which has been created due to volcanic eruptions and the fact that Vik is under one of the most dangerous volcano Katla( which if erupts can flood Vik, I've done my reading), so the sand is consistent is basalt. I've seen several pictures of the beauty they had I just said I have to go and see them, and we did.

Storm Eleanor was raging when we decided to go to Vik. The previous day was windy as well but only in some parts of Iceland. This time, throughout entire journey it was madly windy and dangerous, everywhere we have stopped and went.

We were driving for around 3 hours. My boyfriend decided to take couple breaks for coffee and general view admiring time. We wanted to take it slowly considering the weather conditions. Anyway, whilst driving there I never thought I will be so scared in my entire life. We were going up hill, and ended up in high mountain parts with roads on them, all good and beautiful views, until wild wind decided to blow and start pushing our car towards the abyss. This happened couple of times especially when we were very close to Vik. Plus when driving next to a lorry it's not fun either. The gust of wind just blows you of the road and it is extremely difficult to control the car at this point.

When we got there, I was shocked at how beautiful it looked. The ocean raging in the wind. The waves crashing against the rocks. We got closer to the beach and walked on it. The fun part of it was, to try to run away from the waves. The storm was so strong, the waves were huge, that most of the beach was taken by the water.

Funny story time; I was standing and admiring the loveliness of the nature which was around me and my boyfriend asked me if I can take photo of him. I thought yeah why not ( It would be weird If I've said no). So I am trying to take a nice photo of him and seconds after I've taken it the wind tripped me over. I landed on my knees and with my face in the rocks, trying to protect my darling's phone ( Talking about fun holiday)

We spent some time there walking on the beach listening to the ocean and the whistling wind. We were very lucky as well, as there was a coffee shop near ( this is how you win life). Also we wanted to stop at Mýrdal but the wind got too hectic at that point and we wanted to be somewhere safe.

After taking couple of pictures we decided to go and again having fun going up hill and trying not to die. When we got to the open road between mountains and grass I've seen the most beautiful creature ever. A horse. Yes, you've read that right, a horse. It was beautiful and fluffy it looked so mystical, that I just wanted to take it home. I told my boyfriend to stop a car and I managed to get close to it and pet it.( These things are so soft honestly) I've taken a photo and we drove off.

This was the end of day 4.

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Hello there! I was so busy for this entire week that I just did not have time to post anything. But I am back so here we go with more photos and stories from Iceland

Day 3

On a second day after getting to the hotel I've checked my email and found out that our glacier trip was cancelled due to the dangerous weather conditions. So me and my boyfriend sat down and tried to decide where we want to go. The decision was; we want to see the golden circle, as it is the most popular and the most beautiful spot in Iceland, according to the book. Honestly it wasn't wrong.

We woke up at around 7am-ish, eaten breakfast and stormed off to the car for the best experience of our life. The good thing about the hotel was that they have been serving breakfast since 4am so we could get up very early eat and go wherever.

Before arriving to the first destination of the golden circle we have stopped at small waterfall. It was beautiful it gave me an idea what the rest might look like. The water crashing against the small river and the ice slopes were very impressive, considering its not so big size. The good part of this place was, that next to it they were selling hot coffee and doughnuts. Trust me guys when you are travelling in the -10 ( with the wind -15) cold the only thing you want to do is to drink hot coffee.(This time the coffee didn't taste like poison)

We were walking and admiring the beauty of it and we've seen stairs following up, to see the waterfall up close. I decided not to go up, as the steps were so icy, everyone kept falling. So I thought I was being smart and cautious and I didn't go but my boyfriend being himself, he went up. Now the funny part of this. I wanted to walk couple steps, just to see the smaller part of the waterfall and yes... I fell, with coffee in my hand and camera around my neck I flew onto the ground. I didn't spill the coffee, in fact it stayed straight in my hand, which looked ridiculous. The camera survived and to be honest I was more worried about my camera than any broken bones that I could have. The only thing that happened to me was hurt butt and slightly cut hand, from the wire which was on the fence, which I tried to grab. We walked around and admired the ice slopes, which were at least some of them 1 meter long. Then went back to the car and drove off for the golden circle adventure.

First destination of the golden circle was Þingvellir. As we were there very early in the morning the sun just started to rise and it looked beautiful in a reflection of the water ice and snow. We have walked around the park reading different signs, which were mostly historical, about how they were treating the enemy if seen on their territory, such as drowning them with a sack on their head. This was an amazing place as well, as we were able to get another coffee. It might sound funny but honestly it was cold and we wanted to stay awake at the same time so tea wasn't really an option.

Next destination was Geysir. We got there after an hour maybe. I can't really remember I was more absorbed in view around us and google maps rather than time. Probably everyone heard of it. Several natural geysers stuck around each other. When we walked into that park, the smell from the geysers hit me hard. It smelled a lot like rotten eggs and sulphur. I got used to the smell after some time but first 10 minutes hurt my nose ( after couple of hours I could still taste that smell in my mouth. ugh) We looked at each geyser and I knew there is Strokkur Geysir which goes off every 10 minutes or so. It tested my patience, as we were standing and waiting for it to go off and tried to capture it. After taking couple of photos we walked a little bit longer and decided that we need another hot drink as our limbs were bloody freezing from the cold and chilly wind.

Next was Gullfoss waterfall. When we've arrived the wind was hectic. It was going up to 120km/h. It was so strong that, trust me it could blow you off from the ground, without even you realising it happened. We went up to see the waterfall up close and I was not disappointed. Tons of water and ice. Waterfall 32 meters height and the longest drop of 21 meters. I was in awe at this beauty. Water crashing against the rocks and the flowing ice has taken me into a trance and it looked so fascinating and soothing. The path was icy and it was difficult to walk on it without crampons but it didn't stop us from walking up closer to it and taking photos. The path that led even lower to the waterfall was closed due to extreme ice.

Last was Kerið. 55 meters deep crater, which to be fair didn't look too big on the photos, but when I've seen it live,my jaw dropped. We got to hike around it although it was slightly dangerous to do so, as it was hella icy and windy. Now the freak story time. The older generation of my family always believed in things like throwing salt behind your back for good luck and stuff like this. So as a kid I've been always told that ravens are omen or death or accident. Of course quite logic cemetery equals ravens, it made sense in my little head. Anyway, so we are doing our amazing hike around the crater in the hectic wind and I could see raven landing on one of the stones affront of us. I told my boyfriend to move away from the edge of the path and the moment I've said it his shoe got caught on one of the rock and nearly tripped almost giving me bloody heart attack. Nothing happened to him luckily but I was scared, so we were super careful when going down to the crater. On a good note I got to stand in the middle of it on a thick ice which turned out it wasn't that thick and I thought I'm going to cry.

We wanted to go and see one more place but it was getting dark and the last place would require an hour hike which we could not afford, once is dark in Iceland it is bloody dark. So we just made our way to the hotel and a take away.

That was the end of day 3.


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Hello!

So I have some time this evening and I thought, you know what ? How about a new post about Iceland. Here it goes.

Day 2

After the previous day we were terribly tired and it we slept for quite a bit. We overslept the breakfast which wasn't the fun part.

Well, we decided that we gonna grab something from the local shop and we should be fine.We have gone to Kronan, which was pretty cheap considering the very high prices in Iceland in general.We have managed to get full lunch and let's say second lunch for around 15/20 pounds. Not too bad if you think about it.

After the shopping we got to the car got our GPS on and have gone for an adventure. We didn't really know where we were going but it was exciting. After all we decided to go to Keflavik's town centre as, it would be lightly weird if we have stayed in Keflavik but never seen the town centre. It was beautiful. You could see the mountains and glaciers from far and at that point the weather wasn't too bad. It was actually pretty sunny when we got there. Little breeze from time to time and the sound of moving ocean.

We have taken couple of pictures but realising it is getting darker as the sun light only lasts there for like 3/4 hours, we decided to go to one more place which my boyfriend found on a map.

Hafnir. Right next to the Ocean, small village, with couple of houses near the road and around 15 minutes drive from where we have stayed. Keflavik is next to the Ocean as well but, I got a more of a glimpse at the monstrous waves and the power they've got.

I sat down in awe looking at the hidden beauty in the view which was affront of me.

It was very windy at that point. The waves were crashing against the rocks and splashing everywhere. It looked so hypnotising, that I could sit there and watch forever. The sun which started to set around us gave even more beauty to this image. It looked even more unrealistic, movie like than before. After I have taken several photos, we drove to the hotel and that was the end of day 2.

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Hello again. Yes, the country I've recently been to is Iceland. I'm gonna make couple of posts about it, as there is just too much to talk about.

Where did we stay? In Keflavik Air B&B hotel. Very nice hotel with friendly staff. Big warm rooms with flat screen TV in Icelandic and English. There is one thing I would complain about is very small bathroom. It had a shower with a bath but it was tiny.

The weather: Believe me guys, if someone is telling you that Icelandic weather is hectic during winter, is definitely not lying to you. At that time we had storm Eleanor crawling in, which made the entire trip more fun but at the same time a little bit scary.

So, let's move on to the places we've seen.( we, because i was there with my boyfriend)

On a first day as we've arrived it was New Year's Eve., the flight was around 3 hours, so not too bad. Although the weather during the flight wasn't pleasant either. We got to the hotel got a bit of a rest and drove to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. I was very surprised when we arrived there and it was very quiet and empty on the streets. People are not lying telling, that Iceland is very quiet country., considering it was a New Year's Eve. We have gone to the restaurant which was placed at the Old Harbour, Slippbarinn. The food was amazing. I don't really like seafood, but lobster soup was delicious, which was a starter, steak as a main and crumble as a dessert. Now we coming to the part which is funny and terrifying. One is, we have ordered a coffee (as my boyfriend had to drive us back to Keflavik and he was terribly tired), when we've tried it our facial expressions were identical. The coffee was awful. I don't want to put you off, because the coffee we had at the hotel was good, but the one at the restaurant... just a no. We drunk it anyway, desperation for a coffee has taken its peak at that point. Two is when it came to paying the bill. Of course we had a set menu as it was the only one available. Normally in UK you would pay roughly around £100 for two people with drinks. In Iceland I have paid £200 without alcoholic drinks, just coffee. I was in shock when I've seen it but then thought that people have not lied to me saying that prices in Iceland are very high.

We have left before 12am as it was extremely cold, around -10 and windy. Plus we had nowhere to go really. At first I wanted to go and see Harpa but I was tired as well and I thought it would be better to set off to the hotel and relax. Before we have gone, there were fireworks. That was at around 10pm. Quite few of them, after that we have gone to Keflavik and went outside in the freezing cold to see the fireworks.

That was the end of day one. (I forgot to mention that we've been there for 6 days)


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Well, hi there stranger.

Recently I was thinking about doing something for fun and I thought, hey how about a travel blog. So here I am. I am not a full time traveller unfortunately but I do travel every two months, as obviously money is not going to save up by itself.

This is my first blog, not counting the one I had when I was 13 and I am not much of a writer, so there could be a little bit of waffling but I will try my best.

This blog is also for me to remember places I've been to. It might sound funny but sometimes I can go to a really nice place and after some time forget what it was called and where it was.

Why travelling you may ask. Well, I thought that there is way too many people going into make up and fashion with their blogs and I don't see many people doing travel blogs. This is the reason why I thought it wouldn't be a stupid idea to have one but also share my experience and thoughts about each place and countries I've been to. Also I am an amateur photographer so I get to improve my skills in a meantime.

End of talking. Next post will be about a place I've been to recently. See you there.

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