Blue Lagoon Iceland

The Blue Lagoon is waste water from a geothermal plant that provides Reykjavík with electricity. The silica and stuff are from the lava fields though I suppose. Either way, for us it was way too pricey and we never went in. Our last day though we still had to drive around that area so we did stop to look outside.

We walked around the lava fields a bit, looked at the water and then went back to the car. It was quite cold and windy and we didn’t feel like paying €80 pp for a hot bath. Hue enjoyed the scenery though 🙂

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Hiking in Skaftafell National Park

When bff with bf had left and me and bae had had our wedding night it was time for a few days of honeymoon. When planning this whole trip this waterfall, Svartifoss, was the only request I got from bae so naturally I planned for us to go there. Reason for visit: it looked a bit like in Dragon Age: Inquisition, yes I knew I married a gamer 😛

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Svartifoss

Anyways, we drove up to the national park of Skaftafell, weather wasn’t too good but with rain gear on we started the S2 hike, about 5 km and we would pass some waterfalls and turf houses.

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We parked at the information center and then hiked up route S2

The hike is easy, the trail wide and most is gravel. Some stairs. It seemed a lot of people just went up to Svartifoss and then back down the same way, we crossed the little bridge and walked to Sel instead with a stop at the top of the mountain to look out over all the rivers of meltwater from the glacier. Had it been a clear day I think the view would have been stunning!

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Hue at Sjónarsker

On our way down to Sel we were almost alone, a rare occurrence in Iceland! Quite nice though. This part of the trail was also just an easy walk.

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Sel farm house in Skaftafell national park, Selið in Icelandic

So you could enter these little houses which was really nice, lovely to get out of the rain for a minute and have a quick tea break. Walking back we took the trail rather than the road and then got clearer views of the other waterfalls: Magnúsarfoss, Hundafoss, Þjófafoss. Also, almost no tourists on this side of the river.

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Hundafoss

Once back at the camping and information center we had a toilet break and some lunch before we walked over to the glacier, following the easy part route S1 there and then taking the harder part of the same route on the way back.

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I’ve actually never been on a glacier before and thought it mostly looked dirty? And also a little pitiful? Seeing as we had to walk quite the beach before we got up closer to the ice, it must have looked more impressive before it started melting. Here as well, most people seemed to stop at a viewing point before heading back. The lack of people could of course have been because of the weather but going to Iceland to hike? Come on, I had sort of planned for hail, snow storms and tornadoes… This little drizzle didn’t do much harm!*

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Me and bae by Skaftafellsjökull glacier

So that was our day in Skaftafell national park! We both enjoyed it very much. My recommendation for this part of the country though would be to have more things planned since the long drive through the lave fields are quite boring actually. Also there aren’t that many places to stay. The two hotel nights we had in this area cost as much as the Airbnb for the first 5 nights I think, insane!

*Except that my rain gear wasn’t totally waterproof and chilled me quite badly so the day after I got fever chills and called my mother way too late in the evening when I though I was dying. Yes, I become like a middle-aged man when I’m sick 😛

Travelling with friends

So me and bae usually go on our own adventures even though we’ve been away a few times with family as well. Our trip to Iceland with my bff and her bf though was the first time we went away with another couple. Since we had separate rooms, I wouldn’t say it was any different besides getting to choose your company (we all have that annoying aunt…)(being one myself :P) Either way, this post will be a memorial to our lovely friends, thank you for being our witnesses and joining us for this epic trip we did 😛

For one thing, to get one good photo you usually need to take like a million bad ones..

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Like taking odd photos with everyone’s mouth full
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Having issues figuring out where the camera actually was ^^
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Me missing bf in every first shoot
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Don’t know whether him in the photo improved it though..
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Playing Lemmings between the tectonic plates in Thingvellir
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Being photo bombed by strangers with retard cars and slime sacks
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Doing supercool things like going down a lava tunnel together
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And actually getting one really nice photo of all of us. Please note I’m not the one handling the selfiestick ^^

A huge plus for me as well was that I had someone to do all the planning with, bff and me sort of have the same ideas about planning, so yes it got a bit out of hand for a while but in the end we did have a really lovely time together. If I get a saw I’d have her help me with all my travel plans, regardless if she’s joining or not 😛 😀 Love you A!

 

Views from a car window around Iceland

Yes I know, I’m over 30, my husband is a driving instructor and I still don’t have a driving license… But it does have its advantages when on a roadtrip around, in I must say, a gorgeous country! Namely the time I can spend looking at the scenery rather than the road ^_^

We drove mostly on road 1 (go figure huh?) around the south coast of Iceland with trips up around the golden circle and also more out on the peninsula under Keflevík and that area with all the lava fields. Here is a selection of my car window photos:

Hiking at Hjörleifshöfði

We had one of them tourist maps when we drove on the south coast of Iceland and it mentioned Hjörleifshöfði as a historical site worth stopping at. We had a shortened hike at Fjaðrárgljúfur so with time so spare we took the exit for a little detour.

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View from Hjörleifshöfði towards Katla

So, Hjörleifshöfði or “Hjörleifur´s Headland” is a 221 m tuff rock that was once an island, today though you are able to drive around the whole thing since the ocean has withdrawn a bit. Me and bae went straight to the parking lot, took our picnic with us and then started on the hike. We saw a few other cars and like one other couple on the hills but all far away. After being on the Golden Circle this was a quite new and nice feeling. Having a piece of the country to our selves.

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Looking at the map we followed the recommendation with walking clockwise, starting with the steepest part first

We did see a few more cars pulling over (I had to stop to “look at the view and breath heavily”) but most turned and drove around the island instead of walking up upon it. We didn’t mind. The trail was clearly marked and easy to follow (in the sense you couldn’t get lost).

The views were stunning! I wish we had had this weather the other day when we went to Skaftafell National Park but this was still a lovely surprise. At the top we sat down hiding from the wind, having a cuppa before writing in the guest book and following the trail down.

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Hue paying his respect to Hjörleifur Hróðmarsson, the blood brother of Ingólfur Arnarson who was the first Viking settler of Iceland in year 874
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I was so cold, thought the husband was trying to be macho with not even wearing gloves but it turned out I had fever chills… It was still a really nice hike!

On the way back down we walked by where the actual different farms had been. According to history there had been three different farms on the island, some dying out of people moving away by choice and others cause of the close by active volcano…

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Hue sitting in one of the ruins

Once back in the car we drove out and around the rock, checked out the cave and looked at the gorgeous beach. Don’t try to drive all the way around though unless you have a car for river crossing.

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Bit cold in the water but a nice view non the less

Hue the Flamingo

Before our trip to Iceland I wanted to get a mascot cause I usually take lots of nice landscape photos that I find really boring to look at once I’m home… So meet Hue, our flamingo. I don’t know what’s it with me and flamingos or why they are popular in general at the moment but either way, we got Hue.

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Hue at the Diamond Beach by Jökulsárlón glacier

His name is pronounced after the sound it looks like he’s making – huh? So bit like a pokémon. Anyway, Hue likes adventures, nice afternoons with a cup of tea in the nest (a.k.a the couch) or just hanging around in the bookshelf with the whiskeys.

Needless to say that on our travels through the south of Iceland we had some photo opportunities. Hue is in a lot of them. So many in fact I got him his own Instagram account to not flood my own.

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Hues tosie wosies by the hot spring river in Reykjadalur

Therefore when I go about writing my diary for our trip you will definitely come across a little pink fluffy flamingo and that’s Hue!

My wedding day

I can’t believe I’m married! To bae of all people 😛 When we met 12 years ago, when we became a couple 6 years ago, when we went to Iceland and exchanged rings… Hihi, I’m a Mrs. now ^_^

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The engravings says “Finally” “Yours” in mine and “Forever” in his

Sweden and Iceland are close in terms of alliances so we didn’t need any extra legal documents than whats required in Sweden to get married in Reykjavík. Which is a major reason til why we chose that venue. It’s been a bit of planning of course, getting the paperwork stating we were unmarried, over 18 and not related. Finding a ring and dress. Getting a date! Booking the trip and asking my bff and her bf to be our witnesses.

And then the day arrived! I must admit I was quite nervous. The whole ceremony then took less than 3 minutes, including exchanging rings. I still found time to get emotional and start crying in this time…

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Just married!

We then went to Bonus, like an Icelandic Lidl, got some snacks and ate our wedding lunch in the backseat of our rental car there in the parking lot. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! One reason for not getting married at home was to skip all the fuss. And if I ever change my mind we can just re-do it, with a big ceremony, friends, family etc. No biggie.

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That was pretty much it though. We started our roadtrip. We did go out for a nicer dinner which was good. But me and bae had already planned on having our wedding night and all that the last days of our vacation after bff+bf had gone home. The time line didn’t feel important only the content. We did take some photos before we got out of our attire though.

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Wedding dinner no. 1

After we got back to the cabin we had some cava and a game of yatzy. Bff and her bf had never played yatzy before, like mind blowing! Anyway, we taught them.

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So after a really long drive the day bff with bf went home we put on our wedding clothes again and went for probably my most expensive dinner ever (everything in Iceland is expensive). But it was probably the most tasty lamb I’ve ever had as well so ^_^

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Lamb meat, rawr
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Husband

One other detail though that was quite special about the day was when we called all the mothers – grandmother was like shouting straight out how happy she was, my mom got a bit confunded before she understood. My mother-in-law also took some convincing at first. We said we had done something for us unique and she was like “Did you get engaged?” to which we answered, yes, 2 years ago… Hehe, anyway that was really fun to call them and tell them we were married 🙂

So excited!

Too excited! ZzzZzz. I really couldn’t sleep last night and then went up an hour before my alarm this morning… I think I’m just gonna get everything ready and then nap before vi go to the airport – cause we’re going on vacation to Iceland! Woop woop!

Me and my bff have been planning this trip since new years or something. We might have gotten a bit frenzied about it, not that I’m admitting anything but you know, some people may have that view. Either way, after all the pinning, the looking, the checking, the reviews and the ok a very long process we had everything booked and paid! Finally! God, I felt poor even before we left home! But what ever.

Last night I was so excited, we had everything packed, and re-packed. I sort of felt something was missing though… A girls night! Seeing as my bff is on Ireland bae would have to step up, man up and go all in with me ^_^ (Actually, I still can’t believe he let me paint his toenails..)

So all pretty I went to bed and bae got ready for the new expansion of WoW Battle for Azeroth, seems he couldn’t sleep either. Or rather he hasn’t gone to bed yet 😛