Iceland: The One with The Sights

I have a few time-sensitive posts that I am excited to do in the coming weeks, but I also want to tell you about my time in Iceland, so I have decided that I will do a few Iceland posts on Saturdays, and then a regular post on Tuesday. This way I can get all of my bases covered! So, without further ado, here is Iceland.

During my first two days in Iceland I saw pretty much every sight you're supposed to see (not that you have to see everything someone tells you to see). But still, I saw it. And it was wonderful.

You see, when you fly to Iceland from Halifax, Nova Scotia, when you've bought the cheapest ticket you can find (a red-eye [even when there is a seat sale]), you're going to arrive in Reykjavik at 6:00 in the morning. It's not so bad, your body thinks it's 3:00 and you can tell yourself that you have been out with friends at the pub and that's why you're still awake. But then you also tell yourself, you might as well drop off your luggage and go see that one sculpture since it's going to be a sunny morning. So that's what you do. And then, as a reward, you get to see Sólfar at sunrise.


Sólfar
You've already made the decision that you might as well do a tour on your first day. How else are you going to safely occupy your sleep-deprived self until you're allowed to properly check in to your hostel? So you make your way back to your hostel and hustle across the street to the 10/11 to grab some food and water, then wait patiently for your tour pick-up. Eventually you are well on your way on your South Shore Adventure via Reykjavik Excursions.

You see that volcano that erupted six years ago and the backdrop international media used when they covered the event.


Þorvaldseyri, and Eyjafjallajökull in the background.
You see a black sand beach with sea stacks and basalt columns that have been clogging your Pinterest feed for months.


Reynisdrangarsea stacks at Reynisfjara beach.
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The view from Vík.
And, finally, you see waterfalls. Beautiful, tall, powerful waterfalls. Emphasised with rainbows brought on by the sunny day. Waterfalls that you can walk behind in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


Skógafoss

Seljalandsfoss
The only downside of the tour is that you were kind of falling asleep during the driving bits. But, at the end of the day, you saw volcanoes and glaciers and waterfalls. You saw tons of Icelandic horses and sheep frolicking across landscape that, until fairly recently, had been underwater and climbing across beautiful, green mountains. And not only that, you also saw Iceland in the sun - for the whole day! 

Now, if I had a more elegant transition to bring us to the next day I would use it.

You very quickly remember that there is no sleeping in when you're in a hostel dorm room. But, when you wake up the next morning it's sunny once more, so the sounds of lockers opening and closing, of the door slamming closed, of people talking in voices not entirely appropriate for the early hour don't annoy you as much as they could. So you head off to see a man (Leifur Eiríksson) about a church (Hallgrímskirkja).


Statue of Leifur Eiríksso in front of Hallgrímskirkja
And, of course, were you really in Reykjavik if you didn't take this picture from the tower of Hallgrímskirkja?



Your second day in Iceland becomes a day for exploring and getting to know Reykjavik. Despite the fact that you visited it yesterday at sunrise, the Harpa Concert Hall beckons you to its doors, what with its beautiful architecture both inside and out, its digital photo galleries featuring Icelandic nature shots, and with its expensive tourist shops inside.


Harpa Concert Hall


After that, you wander. Wandering is what you do best, after all. You find colourful buildings on Laugavegur filled with beautiful and interesting products.



You find street art and sculptures everywhere you go.

Found on the Statue & Shore Walk along the harbour


Found on Laugavegur
Found on Laugavegur


And you even find a piece of Cold War history. 

Höfði House
 Your leggings are soaked through in places and your hands and nose are cold, but at the end of the day you have no regrets. So far your trip has been a success and you can head back to your hostel satisfied (apart from that Club Sandwich that was not a Club Sandwich). As you munch on your supper of Skyr, Milka, and Fanta (for which your blogging friends will not judge you) you can hardly wait for the next day to arrive.

3 comments:

  1. Wow, your photography is absolutely gorgeous! I really enjoyed reading about your adventures in Iceland :) I'm super jealous though, I've always wanted to go to Iceland. The sights you saw on your trip look amazing, especially the black sand beach and that stunning waterfall with the rainbow... looks almost magical. All of those red and white buildings look so pretty; they remind me of the homes I saw on my trip to Sweden. Can't wait to read more about your Icelandic adventure x

    Sarah | Raiin Monkey

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  2. It does sound like you had an amazing time in Iceland! It's one of the places I secretly wished to visit, haha. Loving all the photos and can't wait to read more of your journey :) x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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  3. I love the wY you've written this post, almost forgot it wasn't actually me doing all these things hahaha Iceland is somewhere I'm looking to visit next year so thank you so much for sharing this, its been both lovely to read and informative!

    Ama / Albatroz & Co.
    http://www.albatrozandco.com

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