Icelandic Adventure: Part 2

November 7, 2017

Not gonna lie, I could talk about my Iceland trip for HOURS. Would you want to hear it all? Maybe. Maybe not! HAHA! If you missed Part 1, check it out to catch up on some of the "pre-work" that went into planning the best Iceland trip with my bestie. Part 1 was more about our flight, AirBnB and tours we booked ahead of time.

 

Part 2 is definitely more exciting - what we did, where we ate and what I WORE. If you've been following me for some time now, you'll see that I'm a huge fan of Fat Face.  I've been lucky enough to collaborate with them a few times now and their clothing is so soft and versatile.  It is also so warm enough that I was able to bring a few pieces with me to Iceland.

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As I mentioned in Part 1, we did two tours with Your Day Tours: South Coast and Golden Circle.  Both tours are amazing.  The land that is Iceland is truly breath-taking.  At times, I almost felt like we were on a whole other planet.

 

The Golden Circle tour includes stops at Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss and Fazi waterfalls, and Þingvellir National Park - this is where you can see the American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart.

On the day of this tour, our guide was super nice and made an extra stop to see the Icelandic Horses.  What a dream!!

Day 2 was the Southern Coast.  I liked this day better, but both days were amazing! On this tour, we saw two waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, and then got to walk down to the amazing glacier, Sólheimajökull (where some scenes in Game of Thrones were filmed). We also go to Reynisfjara which has black sand beaches and amazing rock formations.

 

One of the most magical tours of our trip was The Northern Lights.  This is a MUST DO!!! We actually went out two nights in order to see them because the first night we didn't get the opportunity to see the lights.  The second night was by far an incredible experience.  It's kind of weird to go out on a tour bus at 9PM at night, drive into the DARK DARK DARK, middle of nowhere. But it's important to be in pitch black area to really see the fullest of the lights.  Just a few beauties we were able to capture...

 

This is actually a funny story (looking back, not at the time). We decided to rent a "nice, professional" camera for the trip - primarily for the Northern Lights.  We really are not familiar with photography at all and the guy at the rental place looked at me like I had 10 heads when I said I wanted a tutorial.  We played around with the settings... got some help from other people who seemed to know what they were doing... but we didn't think we had the right settings on.  Fortunately, we were able to catch a few amazing shots! :)

Now that I've bombarded y'all with 100 photos (I have SOOOO many more), that's a wrap on Part 2.  There *might* be a Part 3 if I can pull my act together between holiday shopping guides and home renovation content that I have planned, too! If you have any questions about Iceland, please reach out.  One thing I would do next time I go (and I definitely want to go back) is rent a car.  My friend and I were super intimidated to rent a car going into it, but now that we are more familiar with the lay of the land (we're basically Icelandic), it would be great to get around on our own.

 

 

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