Trip in Brief: Reykjavik to Höfn

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Reykjavik; June 6 2013. I am obsessed with the color.

So far, this has been the trip of a lifetime for Greg and I. Hope you are ready for a photo heavy post- I don’t do this often so indulge me. :) And I promise, as soon as I am settled, I will have some yummier food posts! When we return, in addition to getting back to posting recipes, I plan to post more information about our trip and itinerary.

In brief, our first few days took us to Iceland’s capital- Reykjavik- and down around southern Iceland.

As soon as we landed we headed over to the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Soaking in a warm lagoon on a cold and rainy day in the middle of heavy fog was amazing.

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In the water. The stuff on my face is the silica mud the leave all around for you to use. It is supposedly great for your skin. It made me look scary :-P. The water is all geothermal and was incredible!

From there, we headed in to the city for a day and night. Reykjavik is a really cool, accessible city. I loved the gorgeous colors of the buildings and the fabulous architecture. The food in the older part of the city was spectacular!

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Hallgrímskirkja Church, Reykjavik, Iceland; June 6, 201

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The organ inside Hallgrímskirkja was MASSIVE and the sound it emitted was incredible.

After departing Reykjavik, we began our official road trip. The land there is marked and shaped by glaciers and past volcanic eruptions.

The first day on the road was also Greg’s birthday. It was a busy day too. We climbed several waterfalls and spent some time admiring Eyjafallajökull, the volcano that erupted a couple of years ago, sending volcanic ash raining down on Iceland and stopping air traffic toast parts of Europe.

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Skógafoss; June 7, 2013

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A view of Eyjafallajökull

We ended the night driving past the Jökulsárlón Lagoon. It was amazing!

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The lagoon during a rare bit of sun. Despite the shade, this was NOT sunset. We were in Iceland for the Midnight Sun so it never got dark once. However, the sun and the shadows on this night at the lagoon were stunning!

The next day was another amazingly full one starting with a visit by these gorgeous turf houses.

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Núpsstaður, Skaftárhreppur, Iceland; June 8, 2013

Then we did something I never imagined myself doing- we hiked a glacier. This is one of those things I couldn’t have physically done before! We strapped on crampons- spiked shoe bottoms- and carried along ice picks. We lucked out and got a private tour so the guide showed us some extra special features.

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This was the view when I looked further up the glacier. The ice really had a blue tinge. A lot of the black is ash that gets mixed in the ice- yes ash- from a volcano!

He even taught us to drink glacier water like a mountaineer: ice pick across the stream, push up using the pick as balance. I pushed down and drank. Major points for my barre regimen! I could do it!!!!

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I apologize for the quality- this baby was snapped with my husband’s GoPro camera. He had it strapped to his head so it got a bit wet!

This day ended with another long hike to a waterfall and a delicious and well earned lobster pizza in Iceland’s lobster capital! I shared this one earlier this week in my Iceland Noms Part I post.

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Next time: fog drive from hell, my favorite spot in Iceland, and hiking an active volcano!

4 responses to “Trip in Brief: Reykjavik to Höfn

  1. incredible. It has to be so hard to capture just what this trip WAS for you, so much of an experience for you, so much of a bonding time, and just so special! love this!

  2. Steph

    It really is. I feel like I am just writing blankly- I need to really try and sit with it for a bit. I feel like words do not at ALL describe what we saw and felt together! The pictures at least show WHAT it was visually :)

  3. LOVE the photos, especially the one of Hallgrímskirkja Church–that’s such a cool view of it! Wasn’t glacier hiking awesome? How fun that you got a private tour! We had a great time on our hike as well :)

    • Steph

      Oh I know- the views are incredible, aren’t they?! And YES glacier hiking was such an incredible experience. Unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. I am already dying for my next adventure now!

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