Iceland: located in the North Atlantic Ocean, this beautiful Nordic island country is filled with some of the world’s most remarkable landscapes. Along with a group of our friends, we spontaneously booked a flight to spend (not even) 48 hours here! We booked a 4×4 car rental (as there are optional off roads, called F roads), made accommodations at a quaint European-style Airbnb in Reykjavik, and ventured in a couple grocery shops for some road-trip snacks.
The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle route starts at Thingvellir National Park, where ‘the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimetres per year’. You can tour the entire route within 5-6 hours.
Obligatory headstand on our travels, as usual
The Geysir Hot Spring: Strokkur geysir shoots up to 100ft every 4-8 minutes (see our YouTube video below for the awesome).
A family of Icelandic horses by the edge of the highway; there were so many of them throughout the country!
Gullfloss (Golden Waterfalls)
Day 2: The Blue Lagoon Spa & the Black-Sand Beach
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa: the relaxing morning was much needed! At this luxurious and restful spot, this spa is located in a lava field. We strongly recommend making reservations as early as 8AM. You are also able to rent a cozy robe to hop in and out of the lagoon. Don’t forget to bring some water to keep yourself hydrated (the bottled water is a bit expensive in Iceland, but their tap water is one of the cleanest waters ever!)
Drone shot nearby the Blue Lagoon Spa.
Enjoying the sunrise at the Blue Lagoon. We also indulged in some fresh green smoothies and European beers at the swim-up bar.
Sólheimasandur black sand beach: Plane Crash. Luckily, no one was injured! The plane was forced to make an emergency landing several decades ago.
A beautiful walk back from the plane crash (45 minutes each way, and well worth it).
And may we add: Iceland has the most majestic sunsets! This one lasted about 2 hours long
Our wonderful friends at Kaffi Vinyl; a vegan bar, cafe, and record shop in downtown Reykjavik.
Speaking of food… the grocery stores had an INCREDIBLE selection of vegan cheese and faux meats.
iChoc Chocolate is quite possibly the BEST dairy-free chocolate! It’s creamy, velvety, and the flavors are impeccable!
The selection varied from typical products found in Canada/USA; however, it was amazing to see how many European brands there were!
We even found Field Roast (Check out products from Field Roast here.)