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Feminine fashion, travel, beauty and home decor from Charleston, South Carolina. One of the most difficult elements was the amount of sunlight, about 5. This was all a sacrifice we are glad that we made in order to experience the beauty of Iceland during this time of the year. The Northern Lights, waist deep snow, beautiful landscapes, amazing winter activities and delicious food, Iceland rewarded us with everything we wanted in this trip. We felt a bit spoiled to be honest. Our very first activity in Iceland was the Blue Lagoon.
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Feminine fashion, travel, beauty and home decor from Charleston, South Carolina. One of the most difficult elements was the amount of sunlight, about 5.
This was all a sacrifice we are glad that we made in order to experience the beauty of Iceland during this time of the year. The Northern Lights, waist deep snow, beautiful landscapes, amazing winter activities and delicious food, Iceland rewarded us with everything we wanted in this trip.
We felt a bit spoiled to be honest. Our very first activity in Iceland was the Blue Lagoon. We had a not too long flight 4. If you are planning on going to the Blue Lagoon, and most people do, make sure to buy your tickets in advance. It was worth it for just the robe and towels. It was still pitch black outside when we arrived around am.
Once in, we changed and headed straight for the Lagoon. The short walk from inside to get to the water seemed like an eternity since it was 0 degrees with a strong wind and we were wearing nothing but swimsuits.
But, in the lagoon there were pockets of warmer water, which we hovered around until deciding to explore the lagoon further. Then crazy wind picked up and there were actual waves in the water, we took refuge behind the mask bar.
I can see why some would say that as it definitely was crowded, even before sunrise. It was definitely much quieter when we arrived vs the amount of people showing up as we were leaving. It was also really cool to arrive in complete darkness and watch the sunrise from the Lagoon.
If you go, make sure to put up your hair and not get it wet, or rinse it multiple times with the provided conditioner. After the Blue Lagoon, we made a stop in Reykjavik for lunch and a hot drink to warm us up. Before getting back in the car to head to our hotel, we stopped for one more coffee and some pastries at Reykjavik Roasters.
For our first two nights in Iceland we stayed at Ion. It was in a great location for the route we were taking around Iceland. Not too far out of Reykjavik and on the path to our next destination. It was a bit tricky getting there as the main road we were suppose to take was closed due to the snow storm this seemed to be the theme of our trip!
The following day, we woke up and had a slow morning. We had a bit of driving to do as we were heading to Gullfoss and then getting picked up to go snowmobiling. Gullfoss is one of the most visited waterfalls in Iceland due to its proximity to Reykjavik and is strikingly massive!
One of the activities we were most excited to book was snowmobiling. While the actual 50 minutes we spent on a snowmobile was a blast it actually took up more than 6 hours of the day considering the distance the tour operator had to drive from the meeting point.
They offer the snowmobiling all year round since the tour is at the top of a glacier, but only once the wintertime arrives with more snow are you able to explore more. We cruised around until we reached a point overlooking a glacier fed lake which is the source of water for the Gullfoss waterfall.
It was so much fun and we only wish it had been longer! The next day we had big plans and a lot of driving ahead of us. We checked out of the hotel while it was still pitch black out and hit the road. We headed south toward the Ring Road which is the main highway circling Iceland.
Along the way, we witnessed an incredible sunrise that looked like the sky was on fire. It was completely mesmerizing! Our first stop was at Seljalandsfoss. This waterfall is famous because you can actually walk behind the waterfall. People were falling left and right just walking on flat ground, so there was no way I was going to walk on a little ledge on the side of a waterfall.
We climbed up to a ledge on the left side of it, where you can get a great vantage point from above. Our second stop was at Skogafoss. This waterfall was our personal favorite of all of the waterfalls we visited in Iceland.
It honestly took our breath away. It was also crazy windy when we got there! So much so that people could barely open their car doors. I wore my Sorel Caribou Boots pretty much every single day. I also doubled up my socks underneath. Weather can change and grow extremely intense. After visiting waterfalls, Vik where we had a delicious meal at the restaurant above, Halldorskaffi and driving all day, we were an hour away from our hotel near the Glacier Lagoon when the wind started picking up.
Thomas said that driving was more similar to sailing, he had to steer into the wind in order to go straight. As we pulled up slowly we saw a road official attempting to walk towards our car but he nearly got swept away by the strong winds. We were forced to turn around as the winds were so strong that the road was closed. We found the first hotel we could and we booked a room for the night, luckily we got there right when the road was closed when they still had rooms available.
We quickly learned to follow our path on road. It was super helpful so we could find backup routes or plan ahead if we knew a road would be closed. It was all an adventure and we little did we know that the amazing experiences had only just begun! Your email address will not be published. These photos are absolutely stunning!! I have been meaning to visit Iceland for quite some time but I am such a wimp when it comes to cold weather.
Your beautiful photos are quite motivating! Meghan BeyondBasicBlog. Thank you so much for this wonderful post! I having been looking forward to a peak at your Iceland trip after seeing your amazing Instagram snaps. An incredible adventure!
It is a sweltering day in Sydney today so the perfect visuals to cool down. What a breathtaking beautiful place … Such serene and peaceful. Absolutely fabulous!
Happy Monday Julia! What a great experience you have had, all that snow! I love it! I enjoyed following along with your snaps. Just last week I said on my blog that Iceland is on my bucket list also because we used to have a house from Scandinavia in Germany , dying to see the Northerin lights and the beautiful landscape.
Thanks for your sharing your experience. Love, Kirsten x. Iceland looks absolutely incredible! And that chocolate croissant is screaming my name!
Fantastic pictures! I visited Iceland many many years ago and it was such an experience! I visited in summer, but still had all 4 seasons in one day. Happy that you got to make the same experience! Would love to go back soon, maybe I will! Absolutely incredible! Thank you for the detailed itinerary. Love all your winter cots too. I love this post so much!!! I loved following your trip on Snapchat and so excited to hear more about it! This is definitely a bucket list trip for us, so beautiful.
Thank you for sharing! Those photos are breathtaking, just looking at them make me want to go there. Just added to my bucket list for sure. Simply amazing! Amazing, You really have to be prepared for anything! Glad you and T were able to handle the driving conditions. Iceland is a very trendy destination recently! That green coat looks so cute on you! Wow these pictures are beyond gorgeous!
Love these photos!! Also loling at the pic of you semi slipping down the bridge at one of the waterfalls, so fun?
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