Icelandic Adventures

Updated: Oct 7, 2020

We stepped out of our comfort zone to travel a country where the weather is iffy but the list of activities to partake in is not!




Andrew and I love to travel and we do a lot of it {for the average 20-something-year-olds}. If you've been with me from the beginning, you know my goal has always been to travel to one new destination every year. This year, it was time for an international trip and I had been hearing all of the buzz about Iceland and boy did it live up to the expectations!


We went to Iceland for one week in August of 2019, technically still their summer but chilly nonetheless. The thing about Iceland is that a lot of it is untouched land. There is one road -the Ring Road- that goes around the whole country. Anywhere you need to get to, you take the Ring Road. Because we were limited to just a week's time, we prioritized traveling the southern and western coasts above the eastern and northern coasts. We wanted to make sure we hit Vik in southern Iceland and Reyjkavik, the capital city.

Leg 1


The Drive from Reykjavik Down the Southern Coast


After a red-eye flight from Newark to Reykjavik, we landed a bit tired but ready to hit the ground running! We shuttled from the airport to get our rental car {no driving on the wrong side of the road like Ireland- phew!}. We began our drive down the southern coast to Vik. I read many blogs about destination stops we could take along the way to break up the drive a bit. The first stop we came to was the Reykjadalur Thermal Hot Springs...WOW. It was quite a hike to get up to these springs but beyond worth it.



The views were second to none. It truly felt like we were on another planet!

Walking through these clouds from the hot springs felt sooo amazing but smelt like sulfur.

We came across Icelandic ponies which are so mellow and friendly.

We were bundled up because the temperatures at the end of Iceland's summer season are quite cool. By the time we got to the springs {about a 1.5 mile hike}, I had shed most of my winter layers! Then, we saw it...



...this amazing thermal hot spring river right in the middle of the mountains! You can tell this had grown into an incredibly popular tourist attraction over time by how much thought went into the appearance and practicality of it all. There was a gorgeous boardwalk lining the entire stream, steps down into the water, and even changing areas to throw your suit on! We had an absolute blast.




After a nice soak in the steaming water, we reversed our hike back down the mountain to our car and headed for the falls!


Seljalandsfoss

We approached Seljalandsfoss and even from afar, the sheer size of these falls were breathtaking.



But getting up close was even more incredible. I had done my research online so I knew this fall was a destination for the ability to walk BEHIND it! Yes, you read that correctly. At Seljalandsfoss, you can {carefully} follow a path that takes you behind the roaring falls. Be prepared to enjoy gorgeous sights...and to get a little soaked in the process!



Always rainbows spotted at these gorgeous falls!