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Monday, November 20, 2017

Day 6: Namafjall Geothermal Field (Hverir) Iceland & Grjótagjá Cave

I am sure you have heard me talk about Iceland as the land of Fire and Ice by now and by this point, we have seen plenty of both.  We are recapping Day 6 and at this point in our trip, we had traversed more than half of the island, and had seen amazing landscapes from beautiful green canyons, black sand beaches, waterfalls, iceberg lagoons, and glaciers, to blue lagoons (mostly in the rain of course).  Today we were adding boiling mudpots from a geothermal field to the list of all these crazy things you can find on one island.  If you recall from previous posts, Day 2 had brought us to Geysers at Haukadalur including one that erupted, right off the golden circle. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Day 6: Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters and Dimmuborgir Lava Field

Day 6 of our 10-day journey around Iceland left us just over that halfway point in our time and Iceland and on the map.  It's that point in the trip where you know your days are numbered on the vacation calendar and soon you will be back on a cramped flight to the states with the dread of unpacked suitcases, dirty laundry, and work emails (so many emails).  With 5 days already under our belt, we had seen so much of beautiful Iceland and every day brought a unique and amazing landscape that this country is known for.  On the morning of Day 6, we left the guesthouse early to make a few quick stops at some attractions in the area before continuing north and west on our journey around the Ring Road.  Our first stop was a quick one, to a site filled with pseudo-craters known as Skútustaðagígar. It was also directly across the street from our guesthouse, Skútustadir Guesthouse, making this an easy way to start the day.  

Walking path to Skútustaðagígar pseudo-crater

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Day 5: Mývatn Nature Baths/Jarðböðin

I bet you know someone who had a layover in Iceland and stopped for a visit to Iceland's famous Blue Lagoon.  You know it.... that famous milky blue hot pool just outside Reykjavik where tourists flock for a hot soak and Instagram worthy photos.  
The Blue Lagoon is after all Iceland's biggest tourist attraction.  

Everything I read about it made me want to stay far far away.  If you know me you know I sort of lose my shit around large crowds of humans.  Insane mobs and high prices lead us to the decision that IF we were going to spend money to soak in a hot pool we would wait until we reached the northern end of the island.  In Myvatn, Jarðböðin (the nature baths) are known as the "Little Blue Lagoon" and here, you can soak in a hot pool with fewer crowds and for a better deal, or so we thought

If you want to know which lagoon to go to, my quick answer is neither.  For me, this was another skippable tourist trap but in case you are interested in Iceland's "Little Blue Lagoon", read on and decide for yourself if it's worth your time and money.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Day 5: A Detour to Iceland's East Fjords - Seyðisfjörður

Map of downtown Seyðisfjörður

Oh Day were not going to let us have any sunshine. 

This was the day of crazy rain that really only let up for brief 10 minutes windows, and an insane mountain pass in above mentioned conditions.  But despite the doom and gloom weather and terrifying drive, the day brought us off the Ring Road on a detour to the amazing little fjord town of Seyðisfjörður.  We spent the afternoon learning all about this little town, walking around and stopping into a quaint coffee shop for an espresso and slice of date pudding. ALWAYS order the date pudding...

Friday, November 10, 2017

Iceberg Ahead: Jökulsárlón, Fjallsárlón, and Diamond Beach

This is one of the posts I have been most excited to share about my trip to Iceland.  Before I left for Iceland, I knew the iceberg lagoon was going to be one of my favorite stops and I was correct.  Icebergs and beautiful diamond-like masses of ice sitting in the quietest lagoon, surrounded by a foggy mist or on a black sandy beach with waves washing in and out.  The ice-blue popping out from this large body of water with seals splashing and birds swimming. 

 The icebergs making their way out of this lagoon, under the bridge, and out to sea or even better, washing up on something called Diamond Beach.  From the crystalline blue to the crystal clear diamond like masses of ice on a bed of black sand, an afternoon at Jökulsárlón, Fjallsárlón and Diamond Beach is a traveler's dream and one of the best stops in Iceland.  Best yet, these spots are all right off the Ring Road and were some of my favorite stops of the entire trip around Iceland.