Iceland has been at the top of my bucket list for some time now, so I was stoked to finally be going to this beautiful country.
I quickly realized that much of Iceland can be seen while driving on the main road – also known as the “ring road.” This one road circles the entire country and takes you to most of the iconic destinations. We stayed in the southern part of the country, and the farthest we got was to Höfn. I wish I had planned to go all the way up north, but that just means that I can go back another time and still have so much more to explore.
Unfortunately, rain was in the forecast every single day that we were there. I was hoping that the skies would clear up during one of those days, but NOPE! The intense fog and overcast skies made it really hard to take any good pictures. We would be driving in an area surrounded by mountains that weren’t even visible until we got up super close. Even the locals told us that we weren’t getting any good weather at all. They’re used to bipolar weather – from pouring rain to bright and sunny skies. But we mostly just got rain and fog. The sky was gray and we hardly saw any blue. 😦
Regardless of the weather, we still had a great time and I wanted to share some of the pictures with you! I’ve been posting so much to Instagram but I still have so many pictures i want to share! So here they are, in no particular order!
These three pictures were taken on the first day. The country was filled with horses, cows, and a TON of sheep!
This was the first time we drove through some black sand and it was the coolest! (As you can see, the sky is completely white from all of the fog and clouds).
Pretty awesome roadside views 🙂
Had to take a basic AF rain boot picture!
Look at those snowy mountains in the background! The fog starts halfway up the mountain but you can still see the snow!
Yes, I carry a tripod with me whenever I travel. I can’t trust nobody to take our picture….
The glacier lagoons! Our Airbnb host told me that the view is so much nicer when there isn’t any fog and was surprised we were able to see any of the glaciers. This was a six hour drive (ended up being more from where we were staying – so worth it!
Oh my goodness. The sun came out for longer than normal during our drive home this day. Everything looked SO AMAZING with the sun shining down. I wish I could have gotten more pictures while the sun was out but we were driving through an area with no mountains at the time. 😦
This is what the Northern Lights looked like at first. You couldn’t even see them with the naked eye. As Cuong was driving, I started taking random pictures of the sky to see if I could capture the lights. I kept trying and finally caught some green! We pulled over to take some pictures, but they were all really faint like this. Honestly, I didn’t even know how to take pictures of the lights. My camera wouldn’t focus so I was using manual focus. Everything was blurry because it was too dark to see anything through my viewfinder.
The lights started to get a little bit more intense, but still pretty faint. Cuong looked up the next minute and FREAKED OUT! The lights were so visible and dancing with the wind.
The pictures are still blurry, but it doesn’t even matter! This was such an incredible experience and a moment that I will never forget. I think it’s safe to say that the Northern Lights may be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
Black sand beach.
We saw rainbows pretty much every day. 🙂
We had to spend some time in the city of Reykjavik.
This is the Hallgrímskirkja – one of the tallest buildings in Iceland and the largest Church!
I found my favorite restaurant/cafe/deli type thing in Reykjavik. I’m pretty sure it’s a chain because I saw multiple locations. It’s called Glo and they had so many vegan/vegetarian options!
I loved this place so much because it reminded me of the simple, clean flavors that I get when I cook at home. This was the only time I had spinach on this trip. Normally I eat spinach every day 😮 I missed veggies and rice so much.
Cute restaurant that I did not eat at.
Delicious bakery that I did eat at. I heard abut Iceland’s cinnamon buns being pretty good…but wow! They were incredible. We went back to this place a second time 🙂 Braud & Co.
We spent our last day at the Blue Lagoon. A much needed spa day after a ton of driving!
And finally….the food. I totally underestimated how expensive the food was going to be. I was warned, but I did not believe. I did take a bunch of nuts, granola bars, and dried fruit with me because I didn’t want to spend too much money on food and I knew that finding vegan options may not be easy. The food was whatever. The only place I really enjoyed was Glo.
Cuong’s seafood platter
Fish and chips
Worst falafel ever. hehe
Well that’s it! I tried to pick and choose pictures so that this post wasn’t too long. Hope you’ve enjoyed!