Our all-day bus tour of the Snaefellsness Peninsula in western Iceland was the rainiest of our entire trip. We’re talking steady buckets of sideways rain most of the day. I took hundreds of photos of the magical seaside cliffs of Arnarstapi and only a handful came out. The rest are covered in raindrops. But the rain couldn’t take away from these majestic views. As a shore lover–you know me–I was in absolute heaven on the cliffs. I want to go back on a sunny day and have a picnic right there by the crashing waves and squawking gulls. We stopped at a little restaurant that served us the most delicious fish soup, visited black sand beaches, harbor towns and a national park and even did a little bird watching. We saw a few rays of sunshine on our way back to Reykjavik, which was really just a huge tease, but overall it was one of the most spectacular days of my life, even dripping wet and blowing away.
We spent our first day in Iceland exploring the town of Reykjavik. The view of the city in the picture above was taken from the tower of the city’s Cathedral. It was spectacular. We could see the mountains in the distance, even the fog and rain, and I love how colorful the roofs of all the houses are. We had a great time strolling the quaint streets, stopping to see the birds in the local ponds and enjoying all the window shopping — can you say hello wool!? Unfortunately, my hunt for a wool cape was a fail, but mostly because we didn’t have enough time to shop. On our third morning, we rose bright and early for some whale watching. We were lucky enough to spot Minke Whale, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises, not to mention a few dozen of the famed puffins. It was quite an eventful morning! Since I refuse to support the whaling industry, there was no dining on these delicacies, instead we decided to celebrate their beauty in their natural habitat. But just wait until you see what they made us wear on the boat!
[so who's ready for a swim in the bering sea? believe it or not, these provided warmth during the windy, freezing three-hour boat ride, not for survival in the event that we fell overboard!]
On our actual one-year anniversary, Chris and I scheduled an off-roading Superjeep tour of the Golden Circle of Iceland. We spent the entire day with our amazing guide/driver Toro, who took us to visit geysers, volcanic craters, a glacier, waterfalls and countless other stunning landscapes across southern Iceland. It was the most amazing way to ring in one year of love. Toro shared with us fun stories about Icelandic traditions, the country’s sustainable energy, agriculture and farming and even introduced us to the most amazing lamb soup on the planet in a restaurant on top of the Gullfoss waterfall. Also, he bought us a chocolate bar with my name on it! Apparently “Risa” means “big” in Icelandic. Who knew?! The highlight of the day was our visit to the Langjökull Glacier. We drove in our cute little superjeep to the point of no return. We got stuck in a snowy hole (but only for a second because Toro was no-joke behind the wheel), watched other drivers get stuck or slide onto the snow as the melting road beneath them disappeared and, alas, stood atop a glacier with the most amazing views of white nothingness for miles … “beyond the wall.” It was an incredible day.
[there are wild horses and sheep all over iceland. we pulled over to feed these beauties some bread and got up close and personal. it was incredible. icelandic horses are short in stature and apparently really really friendly. i wanted to bring one home.]
[white nothingness. now i know why they film game of thrones on iceland's glaciers.]
[pit stop on Mars]
[crystal clear water so fresh and cold we filled our water bottle and drank from our hands every chance we could get.]
[Þingvellir national park]
[we were this close to the raging waters of gullfoss waterfall]
[waterfall inside Þingvellir national park]
[what is this, paris?]
[gullfoss waterfall from above]
[Þingvellir national park]
[this volcanic crater was created 3,000 years ago. the red rock around the lake was really something. sometimes in summer bands float on boats on the water and perform for concert-goers. i'd go back to iceland just for that!]
Hey guys. I know I promised more Iceland photos this week but I’m sick in bed for the second day in a row with the worst cold I’ve had in a long time. Tissues, tea and lots of sleep are my only friends at the moment. So here’s a picture of a beautiful rainbow that appeared during our bus tour through Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland on our last day. It rained the entire day and we were soaked and exhausted, though the views that day still managed to absolutely breathtaking. This beauty was a welcome sign of sunshine on the way at the end of our trip. Here’s hoping I can get a litte sunshine of my own soon. Photos asap I promise! xo, ris
Chris and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary with the most amazing adventure in Iceland. We spent four days walking on glaciers, petting wild horses, drinking pure glacier water from lakes, spotting whales, soaking in geothermal pools and gazing at the roaring Atlantic Ocean from the most romantic, idyllic seaside cliffs I have ever seen. It rained every day except one, which made for difficult picture taking, but when you find a place that’s stunningly breathtaking even in a sideways downpour, you know you’re onto something special. I’ll share with you a few posts from our trip over this week and next, but first, a few of my favorite moments.
[cliffs of Arnarstapi, Snaefellsnes Peninsula]
[view of Reykjavik from the Cathedral tower]
[on our way up the Langjökull Glacier]
[standing on the Langjökull Glacier wearing Westward // Leaning sunglasses]
[Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa]
[Arnarstapi, Snaefellsnes Peninsula]
[bright orange seaweed on the black sand beach of Djupalonssandur, Snaefellsnes]