Iceland was picturesque, from the views, blues and lights. I loved how vibrant the water was, almost as much as I enjoyed seeing the Northern Lights.
The Views – Golden Circle
Catherine rented a car for the duration of our stay in Iceland. The bonus of this meant we could do The Golden Circle tour at our pace. Þingvellir National Park was amazing, the water was so blue and clear and sparkly in places.
Be aware, The Geysir stop smells, very sulphuric. The Strokkur Geysir goes off every 10 minutes, which meant within half an hour, I had photos on my phone, SLR and a boomerang. Thanks to Catherine for putting up with my need to document!
This is the Littl Geysir that could, one day it will grow big and strong and be able to shoot water like the other Geysirs.
The most breathtaking stop had to be Gullfoss waterfall, all be it was the coldest. The power of the water, coupled with the mist and sun created the most beautiful rainbows. This was definitely a massive pinch me moment of the trip.
The Views and Blues – Reykjavík Harbour
This harbour, is blue, very blue. Blue enough that it could have easily been somewhere in the Caribbean.
The Views – The Sun Voyager
My Dad in particular loves boats. This has rubbed off in me, from being a sailing instructor to living on the Clyde facing the water, and lovign watching the few boats go up and down. The Sun Voyager was incredible. Such a simple but inspiring design. I found myself captivated by the boat, and the view. To the point I dragged Catherine around every single tourist shop trying to find a sculpture. I found one, which was about 1000 pounds! Upon returning home, I found a TripAdvisor thread with other people looking for a sculpture. So Iceland Tourism industry, please make one!
That view though.
The Views – Hallgrímskirkja church
Hallgrímskirkja church was great a reference point whilst wandering around, as you always knew where you had been relative to it. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to go into it and admire the view from the top.
The Views – Perlan
If you fancy an amazing view of Reykjavík and beyond, visit The Perlan. Catherine and I visited as the place opened on a Sunday and we had the run of the place to ourselves. I loved being able to see the snow, mountains, sea and city all in one view. There was no entry fee, which meant you didn’t feel like you had to stay long to get your moneys worth. I can also imagine here would be magical to watch the sunset, and the sky change colours.
The Northern Lights
The photos below do not do the experience or the lights justice. I have never been so fascinated by nature. I was caught in a millenial battle of wanting to capture the moment, but also experience it. My SLR camera, couldn’t focus as it wasn’t that bright and my iPhone struggled with the freezing temperature. Seeing the lights was magical. I had been skeptical, admittedly, would I know if I had seen them? Driving at midnight to the Lighthouse Grótta, was an experience, you could tell it was likely to see the lights due to the shear number of cars/taxis heading in the direction.
I want to go back to Iceland, to experience the lights again. Is that greedy?