Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Land of Fire and Ice: Wild Iceland

Over the August bank holiday weekend, Keenan and I along with another couple friend took a little road trip to enjoy the wild beauty of Iceland. Everyone should go to Iceland at least once in their life; it's quite unique and very different from all the places we visited in Europe. It's wild with varied landscapes and natural formations from moss-covered lava fields, spectacular waterfalls, geyers, plate tectonics, and massive glaciers. Without further ado, some photo highlights from our Iceland road-trippin' tour. 

Driving Tour 1 - Golden Circle:  Þingvellir, Gullfoss, and the Geyers, plus Kerið, a volcanic crater.

First stop: Þingvellir, site of the a rift valley marking the mid-Atlantic Ridge. Our friends and us at Öxarárfoss waterfall
 Geysers! It erupted fairly frequently.

 Gullfoss - Admiring this short but powerful waterfall.
 Kerið Crater

 Night tour of Reykajavik -- it was quite cold and it was still summer. 
The Harpa and famous Hallgrímskirkja church

Driving Tour 2: Along the southern coast to Vik

 Enjoyed some glacier hiking and some climbing. Amazing and highly recommended!

 The black beaches on the coastal town of Vik.

 Beautiful Skógafoss and a lovely rainbow

Picturesque waterfall where you can walk behind the waterfall.

Wild landscape and wild horses

The famous Blue Lagoon -- a great way to end our trip.

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