Follow me to Iceland: Part II
photographed by me; portraits by Christine
With almost 24 hours of sunlight, Iceland - the land of fire and ice - doesn't sleep in the summer.
Since it was our first midnight sun experience, we felt weirdly excited to be welcomed by clear and bright blue skies upon our arrival in Iceland at 11pm. We spent a total of 7 days road tripping around Iceland in early July. On our first day, we strolled around Reykjavík, Hallgrímskirkja Church as the first stop. Left us staring in awe was the asymmetrical church inspired by the basalt columns in Iceland's landscape, and one of them being Svartifoss (pictured above). We then grabbed lunch and stocked up on groceries before embarking on the journey to our next airbnb apartment located in Stykkishólmur.
While our road trip consists mainly of us admiring the scenic drive and occasionally entertaining ourselves with random Snapchat filters (face swapping or pretending to be bumble bees), card games and charades, my mum had volunteered to drive for the entire time (something she proudly shares with everyone who asked about the trip). Mummy, you're the best!
Since we spent most of our time in the comfort of our car, we couldn't help but notice the contrast between that warmth from our cosy, small space and the chilly, cold air from the vast, unsheltered nature when we had to hike to the more secluded spots. Even though I was all wrapped up like a ball, I would shiver at the slightest breeze and I honestly couldn't imagine how unbearably cold the winter would be.
what to see
Below is a list of places we stayed at during our trip, and the sights you should (but really, I mean must!) visit on the way,
Stop 1. Stykkishólmur (Sights: Geysir, Gullfoss)
Stop 2. Akureyri (Sights: Góðafoss, Must eat: Brynja soft serve!!!)
Stop 3. Hafursá (Sights: Mývatn, Krafla Power Station, Viti Crater, Dettifoss)
Stop 4. Vik (Sights: Jökulsárlón, Skaftafell, Svartifoss)
Stop 5. Selfoss (Sights: Reynisfjara, Reynisdrangar, Dyrhólaey, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss)
Stop 6. Blue Lagoon
My favourite has got to be the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in southeast Iceland. Think black beaches, with small, broken icebergs (more like diamond!!!) laying on fine, powdery sand. What's not to love? Even though most of the icebergs have already melted when we visited, it was still a pretty magnificent sight!
& I would totally come back for the Northern lights!