Black Sand Beach, Iceland

My mom and I returned from Peru yesterday evening!  I really need to wrap up my Iceland posts to start my Peru ones…

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After Bethany and I left the glacier, we were able to visit a black sand beach!  It was great because the sun was out (at first) and the landscape reminded me of Ireland all over again!

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As you can see, the sun doesn’t stay out for long in Iceland…

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The sand was so pure and dark, that my boots blend in here!^

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My Michigan roots have always led me to water, and I’m happy to have seen this side of Iceland!

Sólheimajökull (South Coast Glacier)

I can’t pronounce, let alone SPELL, the name of this glacier.  What I CAN tell you is that this glacier is a must-see on Iceland’s southern coast!

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The walk to get here from the parking lot wasn’t short; however, with views like these, I would’ve walked an extra mile!

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I had Iceland layovers in 2014 AND 2016, so I had to make 2018 count 🙂 Going outside of the city is something I should’ve done four years ago…

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Being so close to the water made me want to swim in it (or at least go kayaking)!

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The walk back consisted of hail, rain, snow, and sunshine all in one!  But with the sunshine came a lot of green.

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Note: I chose not to lighten any of these photos because I want you to see the glacier (almost) as I did!

Downtown Reykjavik & Street Art

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Reykjavik is truly a melting pot, mainly due to increased tourism over the years!  Even though the city had more authenticity when I first visited in 2014, this May was the first time I truly experienced all Reykjavik had to offer…

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The “pops of color” and street art took over its downtown area, which is something I always feel the need to photograph!

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Reykjavik is unique in many ways, one being that you feel like you’re in Norway, Ireland, and the early 2000s (at times) all in one!

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Oh, and the gluten-free dessert AND savory crepes were beyond amazing!!!

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No matter where you turned, you saw something special; you definitely weren’t in the States anymore!

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My message to you: always go off the beaten path!

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The Golden Circle, Iceland

It has been FOREVER since I’ve taken the time to write.  But it’s important for me to write and reflect on my travels; I need to make more of an effort to do so 🙂

On Bethany’s and my first full day in Iceland, we went on a 10-hour tour of the Golden Circle!  Each location on the tour kept getting better and better!

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Here were the stops we took:

  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Geysir
  • Gullfoss Waterfall

The national park was full of history.  When we were walking on the main pathway with our tour guide, we essentially had one foot in Europe and the other in North America.  This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, as someone who loves geography and travel!

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The Geysir was much appreciated for two reasons:

  1. It’s the “original” one!  This is how ours out west received their names!
  2. The warm mist kept me much warmer than the wind tunnels at the park did…

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I have never been out west with my family, unlike many other American families I know, but I got my fix in Iceland!

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Our last stop was the Gullfoss waterfall, which was BY FAR my favorite destination!

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Mind you, every-other 10 minutes hail would hit you diagonally; however, with these views it was incredibly worth the unpredictable weather!

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Oh, and we saw some Icelandic horses along the way 🙂

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Tip: DRESS IN LAYERS…that are waterproof!!!

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

I’m about to head home (or back to Toronto, THEN home…), so I might as well post about what kicked off this adventure: the infamous Blue Lagoon!

You get here, and you’re immediately hooked! The water is a misty blue color, to the point of not being able to see your body underneath the calming waves. The skies above are filled with Iceland’s unpredictable weather, yet somehow the on-and-off hail/snow doesn’t faze you once you’re immersed in the pools…

As my friend Bethany put it, “There are no adjectives to describe this experience.” She’s absolutely right! You’ll just have to check it out for yourself!

You can even enjoy mud masks AND refreshing smoothies in the water!!

Highlight of the day: finally being in the water, despite two previous Iceland stopovers!

Worst part of the day: not being able to get the nasty, Icelandic salted chocolate taste out of my mouth!

Second worst part: combing my hair after the lagoon…it’s STILL gross four days later!

Pro tip: wear your hair up ladies and gents!

National Pet Day!

I LOVE to travel; however, my dog is making me more of a homebody these days (or at least if I’m not home, I actually WANT to be home…)!

My dog, Linley, is truly my best friend.  I adopted him from Compass Dog Rescue in September and both of our lives have been enhanced ever since!  He’s originally from Texas, but someone from the Detroit area rescued him before the hurricane in Houston.

Linley’s bio on PetFinder read something like this:

  • Age 2-5 (likely 3)
  • Hates to be alone
  • Very social animal (loves other dogs, but does not like cats)
  • Playful but not destructive
  • Goes with the flow (if you’re relaxing, he is, too)!

So as you can probably tell already, Linley was MY dog from the beginning 🙂

Happy National Pet Day, everyone!  Don’t forget to do something extra special for your furry friend today!

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