Thursday, May 19, 2016

ICELAND - the secret pool - seljavallalaug...

the part of the trip i think i was most excited for was trying to find this secret pool i had read about online - seljavallalaug. it's one of the oldest pools in iceland and it was built in 1923. you have to park your car just off the highway, walk about 15 minutes, and cross a few streams. you literally are walking between these huge mountains and i was totally worried that we wouldn't find it, but all of a sudden it just appears. it was so nice to relax in this warm pool after our glacier hike. truly an amazing experience.

 we were kind of following the people in front of us and hoping they knew where they were going.

heading back to the car.

the change rooms are less than desirable, but honestly, you're there for the views and the pool itself. close your eyes, change quickly, and get in that pool! it's surprisingly warm (not as warm as the blue lagoon), but it was so nice to just swim around and take in the surroundings. it was definitely one of my favourite parts of the trip.

Friday, May 13, 2016

ICELAND - glacier hike and skogafoss...

after checking out the black sand beach, we headed on our for our glacier hike on solheimajokull glacier. i thought i would  be totally fine because i walk everywhere in toronto, but guys, i was dying walking those inclines. i was slowing down to a snail's pace and just wanted to crash on a couch! but! we made it and it was a pretty neat experience and now we can say that we've hiked on a glacier. 

it's about a 20 minute walk from the base camp to the actual glacier and that's because it's receded so much over the years. pretty sad when you think about it.

where the incline started getting to me.

 see all that black in the distance? that used to all be glacier.

our next stop was skogafoss. there was a beautiful rainbow over the waterfall and the sun was shining. there just seems to be waterfalls at every turn in this country.

beauty, i tell ya.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

ICELAND - black sand beach...

sunday was another day to finish seeing what we missed on saturday and drive around as we please. the only thing we had planned was a glacier hike in the afternoon. after breakfast we started driving towards the black sand beach and, of course, stopped at a million places in between to take pictures.
 where we rested our heads saturday night - fosshotel nupar.

 waterfall on the side of the road.

 i had read online to fill up whenever you pass a gas station (even if you've only used 1/4 tank) because you never know when you'll pass a gas station again.

 moss covered lava fields.

 i kind of forget what the story is here. there used to be a farmer here or something and everyone that passed the land to get to his house is supposed to place a rock on a pile for good luck? maybe?

 blue skies and black sand.

 the waves here are ridiculous! extremely high and powerful.

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