My Trip To Iceland / by photos bycorona

I think over again my small adventures, my fears,
These small ones that seemed so big.
For all the vital things I had to get and to reach.
And yet there is only one great thing,
The only thing.
To live to see the great day that dawns
And the light that fills the world.
— Inuit poem
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For so many years I dreamed of visiting Iceland. I dreamed to frolic through squishy moss, to feel not only inspiration but a recharge of my heart, to have messy camping hair, to be present with nature and my husband, to feel breathless, speechless, and in awe of all their is to see.

Gregg and I traveled to Iceland on the last week of September and even though camping around this cold island might not be considered an ideal vacation for everyone, maybe after reading and seeing this you might reconsider. We rented a camper van to stroll through breathtaking Iceland and it was amazing! You might think, oh it must have been freezing at night! but NOT at all! It had a heater that we could run all night and be cozy and toasty.

We arrived and picked up our camper at Keflavík/Reykjavik International Airport and we started our adventure, but before driving out of the city we loaded on yummy carbs and delicious coffee at Cafe Loki . By the way, I have to tell you, Iceland does have the most deliciously thick and rich coffee and bread! My muffin top was pretty ecstatic about all the bread I ate. Our first day we seemed like crazy kids. We wanted to see it all, photograph it all, and just believe what our eyes were looking at!

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We ate the most delicious baked haddock with Parmesan, mushroom soup and vegetarian lasagna at Hotel Gullfoss, pretty close to the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall or what I would come to call, the pizza shaped waterfall.

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Gullfoss

Gullfoss

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Hotel Gullfoss

Hotel Gullfoss

Our first night sleeping in our camper that we nick-named " Old Faithful" ( inspired from our Yellowstone trip) surpassed our expectations. My 6'1" tall husband was able to sleep in the back of the camper without the need to bend his long legs. After that first night we knew this trip was about to get sooooo much better! Tons of magnificent views, animals and crazy winds.

Nature is wildly amazing!

Our first campground was Geysir near to Geysir.

Our first campground was Geysir near to Geysir.

Middle of nowhere.

Middle of nowhere.

Giant pink marshmallows everywhere. Ok, ok, they are not marshmallows but pretty similar right?!

Giant pink marshmallows everywhere. Ok, ok, they are not marshmallows but pretty similar right?!

Kerið is a volcanic crater lake located in the Grímsnes

Kerið is a volcanic crater lake located in the Grímsnes

Kerið

Kerið

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Skógafoss

Skógafoss

Skógafoss and those crazy stairs to the top.

Skógafoss and those crazy stairs to the top.

Cute friends along the stair path to go to the top of Skógafoss.

Cute friends along the stair path to go to the top of Skógafoss.

How many sheep do you see?

How many sheep do you see?

On our way south we found this church near a cute little hotel called Anna that had homemade ice cream called Fossis. They also had the yummiest regular coffee by Lavazza.

Before trying to find shelter at a campground in the middle of the craziest windstorm (check more of this insane wind on our video!) we stopped at sunset at one of the most breathtaking, amazing, shockingly beautiful beaches called Dyrhólaey.

The small peninsula, or promontory, Dyrhólaey is located on the south coast of Iceland, not far from the village Vík. It was formerly an island of volcanic origin, which is also known by the Icelandic word eyja meaning island

The small peninsula, or promontory, Dyrhólaey is located on the south coast of Iceland, not far from the village Vík. It was formerly an island of volcanic origin, which is also known by the Icelandic word eyja meaning island

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We camped at Vik, cute little town.

The wind was insane this night! like crazyyyyy!!!! After we parked at our campground and tried to go to bed while watching Narcos on Netflix (we were really roughing it with our 4G hotspot) we kept feeling how our camper was moving sideways to the point we thought it was going to tip if someone from outside pushed it just a bit more. But hey! we survived! Next morning we headed to see the famous airplane crash on the black beach but sadly it was raining too crazy and the winds continued so, no airplane but we kept moving our way back south to Dyrhólaey Beach. Which reminds me of a few people we met right in front of the entrance to get to the airplane crash. Three friends from Australia trying to make a decision like us but they looked like they definitely had a rough night. They were still wet with no shoes due to the wind storm from the night before and camping in tents!

Dyrhólaey Beach, now during the day.

Dyrhólaey Beach, now during the day.

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We continued going south and found the land of my dreams. The vast Eldhraun lava field in the south of Iceland was created in one of the greatest eruptions in recorded history, the Skafta River Fires. The moss has transformed this lava flow into a weird and wonderful landscape. BREATHTAKING!

I dreamed of frolicking here.

I dreamed of frolicking here.

The land of my dreams with the partner I always dreamed of.

The land of my dreams with the partner I always dreamed of.

After seeing this I doubted we could see something more beautiful BUT Iceland was about to surprise us. We drove and arrived to Jökulsárlón, a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. We saw ducks and seals. Nature definitely blew our minds. We, humans, are so small, so tiny, and nature is so big and amazing. So powerful. It was great to be tiny in front of such a powerful force like nature.

The ice from Jökulsárlón has calved from the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull, which runs into the lake, burying its snout underwater. The lake was formed only when the passage to the sea was blocked by land movements in the 20th century: geologists suggest it could come unblocked in the near future, draining the lake and making the Ring Road impassable. - https://www.insightguides.com/destinations/europe/iceland/the-southeast/overview
Jökulsárlón , Vatnajökull National Park.

Jökulsárlón , Vatnajökull National Park.

Happy Tiny Maria.

Happy Tiny Maria.

Hi seals!

Hi seals!

It's good to feel tiny in front of nature because nature is the coolest thing ever. Dreams come true. The place I've dreamed to visit with the boy I love with all my heart. Life is good. Feeling so grateful to have the opportunity to take adventures like this with my husband and to keep living life to the fullest. Grateful to see have seen nature at its best like I only dreamed it. Iceland is amazing.

It's good to feel tiny in front of nature because nature is the coolest thing ever. Dreams come true. The place I've dreamed to visit with the boy I love with all my heart. Life is good. Feeling so grateful to have the opportunity to take adventures like this with my husband and to keep living life to the fullest. Grateful to see have seen nature at its best like I only dreamed it. Iceland is amazing.

On our way to Höfn. Driving on the side of the water at dusk was so beautiful. More than words can express. The south eastest(is that a word) part of Iceland!

Atlantic Ocean.

Atlantic Ocean.

I have to admit, after driving through the south east most side of the island and crossing from Höfn to Seyðisfjörður I was pretty scared to drive through more cliffs while raining + crazy winds but we survived!

Seyðisfjörður is by far one of the cutest, most charming little towns in Iceland. It is at the Eastern Region of Iceland at the innermost point of the fjord of the same name. After waking up, hungry, very hungry, we ate at the cute Hotel Aldan where for my good luck, the waffle maker exploded while using it ...oops! They have the most delicious Rye homemade bread, croissants, and coffee!

Old Apothecary Guesthouse outside Hotel Aldan.

Old Apothecary Guesthouse outside Hotel Aldan.

On our way to Dettifoss we found a coffee cake stand called Guesthouse Grimstunga owned by the sweetest lady. I could dream about that cake and that coffee every single day!

When we arrived to the guesthouse to eat some of that yummy coffee, the owner was hanging her clothes and trying to win the battle against the wind.

When we arrived to the guesthouse to eat some of that yummy coffee, the owner was hanging her clothes and trying to win the battle against the wind.

... and we made it to Dettifoss!

Dettifoss is a waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, and is reputed to be the most powerful and widest waterfall in Europe. The water comes from the nearby Vatnajökull glacier, whose sediment-rich runoff colors the water a greyish white

Dettifoss is a waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, and is reputed to be the most powerful and widest waterfall in Europe. The water comes from the nearby Vatnajökull glacier, whose sediment-rich runoff colors the water a greyish white

Dimmuborgir; is a large area of unusually shaped lava fields east of Mývatn in Iceland.

Dimmuborgir; is a large area of unusually shaped lava fields east of Mývatn in Iceland.

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After visiting Detifoss we headed to Leirhnjúkur, a lava field next to the Krafla crater with the most astonishing breathtaking views. We visited and hiked right before sunset so I am pretty sure that made it even more magical. (they filmed Game Of Thrones here!)

After all the hiking... we visited Myvatn Nature Baths! such a cool experience to visit at sunset! - thankfully you can't smell the sulfur through the photographs :P We met the sweetest people from Spain! We talked for hours while soaking in good smelly sulfur.

Myvatn Nature Baths at sunset.

Myvatn Nature Baths at sunset.

After all the hiking and sinking in sulfur water we were dying for food! We found this Daddi's pizza right outside one of the cutest and more cushy campgrounds we stayed in. The pizza tasted like heaven to us. 

Most expensive pizza we have ever ever purchased. Iceland has pricey food but it felt good in our tummy.

Most expensive pizza we have ever ever purchased. Iceland has pricey food but it felt good in our tummy.

Next morning, we took showers, made some freeze dried lasagna for breakfast! ( random huh?) in one of the fanciest campground kitchens we stayed in. I think out of all the days in Iceland this one was one of the coldest roughest days. Incredibly cold and windy so as you could imagine, when we stopped at Goðafoss it was a rough experience; freezing cold+crazy rain+ windssssssss+ next to Goðafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland.  And... a cold welcome to North Iceland!

Goðafoss

Goðafoss

More pink marshmallows ;)

More pink marshmallows ;)

Byggðasafn Skagfirðinga - Glaumbær

Byggðasafn Skagfirðinga - Glaumbær

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Pit stop in Akureyri. Such a beautiful downtown area. This restaurant is a must!and even though they sell the traditional Icelandic fermented Shark.. we picked fish & chips instead.

Pit stop in Akureyri. Such a beautiful downtown area. This restaurant is a must!and even though they sell the traditional Icelandic fermented Shark.. we picked fish & chips instead.

Passing through Sauðárkrókur, chasing the sunset and fighting the wind storm so we could make it to Blönduós campground.

Passing through Sauðárkrókur, chasing the sunset and fighting the wind storm so we could make it to Blönduós campground.

I am telling you, Iceland has some increible church architeture.

I am telling you, Iceland has some increible church architeture.

On our way to Hólmavík, somewhere in the Southwest area.. STOP! there are hundreds of sheep just hanging out

On our way to Hólmavík, somewhere in the Southwest area.. STOP! there are hundreds of sheep just hanging out

More sheep....

More sheep....

say cheese!

say cheese!

Every single church in Iceland is... breathtaking.

Every single church in Iceland is... breathtaking.

Hólmavik museum. Very interestingly disturbing. Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft.

Hólmavik museum. Very interestingly disturbing. Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft.

LITERALLY, above the clouds on our way to Látrabjarg in the Westfjords - the Largest Sea-Bird Cliff in Europe about to camp in Breidavik.  We are in heaven and so excited to see Northern Lights. The activity level is high tonight!

LITERALLY, above the clouds on our way to Látrabjarg in the Westfjords - the Largest Sea-Bird Cliff in Europe about to camp in Breidavik.  We are in heaven and so excited to see Northern Lights. The activity level is high tonight!

Bright and early we arrive to the Látrabjarg Cliffs!

Bright and early we arrive to the Látrabjarg Cliffs!

North Atlantic ocean facing towards Greenland.

North Atlantic ocean facing towards Greenland.

Rift between the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates, 441m high drop from the highest point of the MIGHTY Látrabjarg Cliffs, the end of Europe. This place is pure magic.

Rift between the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates, 441m high drop from the highest point of the MIGHTY Látrabjarg Cliffs, the end of Europe. This place is pure magic.

Heading to Reykjavik where we started our adventure to spend a day in the city, watch whales, visit the famous photographic museum with Richard Avedon and Irving Penn exhibit, drink good coffee from Reykjavik Coffee Roasters, eat yummy lobster soup at Sægreifinn "The Sea Baron", shakes at the House Pylsuhúsif, see the Harpa Concert Hall, and more sightseeing.

Heading to Reykjavik where we started our adventure to spend a day in the city, watch whales, visit the famous photographic museum with Richard Avedon and Irving Penn exhibit, drink good coffee from Reykjavik Coffee Roasters, eat yummy lobster soup at Sægreifinn "The Sea Baron", shakes at the House Pylsuhúsif, see the Harpa Concert Hall, and more sightseeing.

Hallgrímskirkja church.

Hallgrímskirkja church.

Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. At 73 metres, it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in Iceland.

Hallgrímskirkja is a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. At 73 metres, it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in Iceland.

Reykjavík, Iceland at 73 meters high.

Reykjavík, Iceland at 73 meters high.

Dream trip.  My Gregg and I.

Dream trip.  My Gregg and I.

Spotted some dolphins and minke whales on our boat tour. Nature is amazing and this trip makes me even hungrier to live near the ocean.

Spotted some dolphins and minke whales on our boat tour. Nature is amazing and this trip makes me even hungrier to live near the ocean.

IF YOU GO to Iceland:

  • Pack tons of yummy snacks! Food can be quiet expensive in the island so come prepare for your tummy cravings.
  • Download your google map (for offline use) and mark your dream places before arriving to Iceland. A lot of areas dont have internet so come prepare! We found this guide incredibly helpful. Your co-pilot needs to be ready to go back and forward from guide - phone map- real map- and translation stuff.
  • Bring layers of clothes! temperature can be tricky in and ot of the camper or places. Layers will help you to not be too sweaty or freezing.
  • Empty all the files in your phone! Come with unlimited storage! you will encounter the best and most breathtaking views you eyes have seen.
  • Download good roadttrip playlists!
  •  If you plan to drive around the island, be ready to learn new tunes and sing out loud while driving through miles and miles.
  • Register for notices to find a good price ticket!
  • If you want to see the Northern lights ( we did!) travel to Iceland towards the end of September or winter.
  • Unplug from social media, internet.. enjoy and be present!
Bye Iceland! Until we meet again!

Bye Iceland! Until we meet again!