Iceland: Geysers, Waterfalls & the Blue Lagoon

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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

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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.

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Skogafoss Waterfall

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Obligatory headstand on our travels, as usual :)

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The Geysir Hot Spring: Strokkur geysir shoots up to 100ft every 4-8 minutes (see our YouTube video below for the awesome). 

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A family of Icelandic horses by the edge of the highway; there were so many of them throughout the country!

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Gullfloss (Golden Waterfalls)

Day 2: The Blue Lagoon Spa & the Black-Sand Beach

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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!)

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Drone shot nearby the Blue Lagoon Spa.

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Enjoying the sunrise at the Blue Lagoon. We also indulged in some fresh green smoothies and European beers at the swim-up bar.

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Sólheimasandur black sand beach: Plane Crash. Luckily, no one was injured! The plane was forced to make an emergency landing several decades ago.

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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 :)

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Our wonderful friends at Kaffi Vinyl; a vegan bar, cafe, and record shop in downtown Reykjavik.

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Speaking of food… the grocery stores had an INCREDIBLE selection of vegan cheese and faux meats.

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iChoc Chocolate is quite possibly the BEST dairy-free chocolate! It’s creamy, velvety, and the flavors are impeccable!

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The selection varied from typical products found in Canada/USA; however, it was amazing to see how many European brands there were! 

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We even found Field Roast :) (Check out products from Field Roast here.)