Land of Fire and Ice
Absolutely stunning is how I would describe the landscape in Iceland. There were constant exclamations of ‘What is this place?!?’ (add 10 exclamation marks every time) I could not get over the scenery, views and the constant landscape changes! One hour you would be driving through snow covered mountains, the next through this completely flat, barren landscape where reindeer could be spotted. Other times there were craggy rock cliffs with distant views of the ocean, then suddenly thick moss covered (bumpy) landscape, which is hard for me to describe. Land created from lava basically!
There were waterfalls all along the drive. They were E V E R Y W H E R E. I still remember this one waterfall that poured from a hundred feet over this farm. The farm along the highway was just casually going about their business. Like… is that your backyard?!?!
Due to the glacier run off Iceland is known for all the waterfalls. They are all so unique and dramatic in their own wonderful way. Another feature Iceland is known for are the hot springs. These natural hot springs can be found all throughout the country. I definitely took advantage of trying this out! One that I hiked to used the hot spring to warm up a pool. It is known as Iceland’s first swimming pool. We had it timed just right and had the whole place, views and all to ourselves.
I road tripped the entire island and peninsulas during the winter in the darkest month of the year. It was crazy to experience such a short amount of daylight each day. It made the planning of what we could see in a day, and a rough daily schedule important. I quickly learned Iceland is a constantly changing land and how you experience the same landscape could vary daily. I was there in winter so I was able to experience the mountains covered in snow, the moody blue skies, the icy blues of the glaciers, and the frosty never ending waterfalls. This was the colour scheme I picked up on for the Iceland Earring Collection.
Another part of the journey was the Blue Lagoon. If you want to hear the story in it’s entirety you should ask! It was an adventure for sure...and involved hurricane force winds, and randomly met adventure partners!