Well today is my birthday! So I have decided to share some of our Iceland experience! I know these two do not have any relation, just that it is a little bit about me. Calvin and I went to Iceland for 10 days in the beginning of June. This was the first trip we both have taken overseas and it was very intimidating but AMAZING!
This will be Part 1 of who knows how many Iceland posts.
I am thinking no more than 4... maybe more I dont know... But Enjoy the long read!
Þingvellir National Park
Þingvellir (pronounced thingvellir) national park protects their historic parliament site. Leaders would stand on top of the rifts and speak to the people down bellow. It also sits between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Within the Park is a waterfall called Öxarárfoss. This is the waterfall in the first set photos. Every waterfall we seen were as blue as the sky! If not a richer blue colour. You can't really tell in these but trust me, they were crazy blue!
This crater was formed about 3400 years ago. It is very easy to walk up as there is a boardwalk that circles the top. Calvin and I wanted to get up close to a volcano however we rented a 2WD vehicle and we weren’t allowed on the F-Road/Highland roads. So we settle with seeing this crater! This was also the furthest North we went. The crater had beautiful deep red earth tones and was covered in moss.
The day we seen Fossarrett was one of my most terrifying photography experience. For years I have a goal to ask random stranger or strangers to take their photo. Hoping to break out of my safety bubble and hopefully meet awesome people. Well this was the day! There was a cute couple taking photos on their cellphone and all I was thinking was about how weird would I seem to them if I asked to take their photo. I asked Calvin a dozen times how I should approach them, what I should say, what he thinks THEY would say. Suddenly I just asked the couple without my own knowledge really, it just blurted out. Calvin was even surprised.
Chris and Amber were amazing! They are officially my first stranger couple! Both of them were very polite and inviting, - I am sure they could feel my nervous energy. It was a short session no more than 5 mins. Nonetheless we were able to talk about how they were from the US and how Chris had surgery on his hand/wrist shortly before they came to Iceland.
I am so thankful for Chris and Amber’s willingness to allow me to photograph them! I haven’t asked any other strangers since but it is definitely something I will do again!
The scenery around the Blue Lagoon was simply indescribable. The land was red Volcanic rock, green mossed covered, water was blue from the silicate minerals and white from the deposits. What you may not know about the Blue Lagoon is that it is a geothermal spa. This means it pretty much all man-made the water is heated and pumped through their geothermal power plant that is right beside the lagoon.
While at the Blue Lagoon we met up with a few friends from Edmonton there. This was their first day in Iceland and it was great to catch up. Plus having them around made the experience much more enjoyable! It was great to see some familiar faces in Iceland. After we went to Aktu Taktu. Which is an Icelandic fast-food chain. I had never heard of this restaurant but the gang insisted it was like McDonald’s. Well it was very similar if you compare the burgers. HOWEVER! It doesn’t cost $45 for two to eat at McDonald’s. Boy was this ever a wake up call about how expensive food is in Iceland.