Reykjavik // Travel with me

At the end of December, I couldn’t sleep. So I started looking up different trips. Because that’s what I do when I can’t sleep. I book trips.

The whole reason I booked this trip to Iceland was so that I could see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The tour got cancelled due to the weather. I did, however, get to go on a Golden Circle tour and see some amazing natural wonders.

Þingvellir National Park

The first stop of the tour was Þingvellir National Park. As you can see in the pictures, it was still quite dark. Unfortunately, the sun didn’t come up until 11 am. That didn’t take away the beauty of the park, though.

What is really amazing about this park, is that you can see the edges of both the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plate. Iceland is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic rift is above sea-level.

We entered the park from Reykjavík and descended into a valley. Looking upon the face of this cliff, you can see the edge of North America. On the other side of the park, you arrive in Europe.

Geysir Hot Spring Area

From the National Park, it was only a forty-minute drive to the Geysir Hot Spring area. This is a high-heat area which means that there is magma close enough to the surface of the earth that it can heat the rocks and subsequently boil water. This water comes from Langjökull glacier and runs through a lava rock into this area where it gathers in an underground reservoir. When it reaches its boiling point, it erupts from geysers.

Gullfoss Waterfall

The last stop of the tour: the Gullfoss Waterfall. This waterfall is 32 meters high and while at one point people wanted to turn it into a hydro-electric plant, it has remained preserved.

If you ever come here in winter, make sure you dress warmly: the winds coming over the glacier are really cold!

Have you ever been to Iceland? Or have you seen the Northern Lights?

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11 Comments

  1. 31 January 2019 / 5:15 pm

    This picture describe wonderful place and so peaceful to me

  2. Lisa Rios
    29 January 2019 / 10:51 pm

    The Northern Lights are in my bucket list. I have always wanted to see them.

  3. Natasha
    28 January 2019 / 6:49 am

    Iceland is definitely on my list of places to visit. Especially now that we have direct flights from Kansas City to Iceland!!

  4. 28 January 2019 / 4:22 am

    I am considering leading a wellness retreat to Iceland next year. It looks and sounds amazing!

  5. 27 January 2019 / 6:48 pm

    The Þingvellir National Park looks surreal! It must have been an experience of a life time. Beautiful photographs 🙂

  6. 27 January 2019 / 10:58 am

    It is a shame that you didn’t get to see the Northern Lights maybe some other time. I would love to go to Iceland, it is just so beautiful.

  7. Christa
    27 January 2019 / 4:21 am

    Iceland is on my list of places to visit! I’ve seen the Northern Lights when I was in Finland. I’d love to see them again!

  8. Joanna
    26 January 2019 / 3:28 pm

    I would love to go to Iceland one day. I have actually seen the Northern Lights from the plane, as I was crossing Greenland last year.

  9. 26 January 2019 / 12:54 am

    It looks so super cold there but at the same time so beautiful. Seems like a great place to visit and experience nature!

  10. 25 January 2019 / 8:26 pm

    Looks like an amazing trip. I have heard so many great things about Iceland and it’s a place I would love to visit one day.

  11. 25 January 2019 / 6:38 pm

    Iceland has long been in my bucket list! So glad to see this post. The pictures are stunning. Can’t wait to book my tickets 😀

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