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Iceland | Hrifunes, Glacial Lagoon and the Golden Circle

The first half of our trip in Iceland went by fast.  It was an easy adjustment to any jet lag because it was only a 4 hour difference.  We were up early everyday ready to take on new adventures.  We visited Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon and the Westman Islands, but there was still so much left to see.  After our short stay at the Hrifunes Guesthouse, we got up early in the morning to drive 2 hours north and see the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  The glacier is so massive it’s difficult to fathom its size.  There were beautiful, blue pieces of the glacier that had fallen off and floated into the lagoon.  It was a really peaceful place.  Because there are no roads that actually go through the island, it’s just one large circle around the coast, we had to drive the same roads back on our way to Reykholt.  We passed Hrifunes, Vic and the black sand beaches.  You’d probably need a good 2 weeks to drive the entire island if you want to stop and take advantage of everything there is to see.  Although you’ll be in the car for long periods of time, the views are amazing.  We passed several enormous waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers, and lagoons.  A large herd of cows were crossing the road once in front of our car.  It was cool to see!  It’s not a boring drive by any means.

Once we arrived in Reykholt, we stopped at another market for groceries.  Because we stayed at an Airbnb again, we needed to bring our own food to the house.  Our home in Reykholt came with an in-ground trampoline, jacuzzi, mountain views, and all within walking distance to trails and a geothermal pool.  We didn’t want to leave.  The next day, we drove to Thingvellir National Park.  This place was cool, eerie, and unbelievable.  In 2000, there was an earthquake that literally made the earth split and there were 2 continental plates that broke apart and separated.  It’s crazy.  For any fans of Game of Thrones, they filmed a few scenes there.  We continued driving along the Golden Circle afterward and stopped at the waterfall in Gulfoss, where we were lucky enough to see a double rainbow.  It was incredible.  Iceland does not disappoint!!
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All images from our trip were taken with 4 different cameras.  We used them at different times, depending on what we were doing:

  • iPhone 6:  Surprisingly amazing for how small it is.  The iPhone is just convenient and takes amazing panoramas!
  • GoPro Hero3 +:  Waterproof camera that we brought to the Blue Lagoon and the Ribsafari.
  • Fuji x100t:  Small, walking around camera.  When we went on long hikes, we brought this camera.  This camera can shoot in RAW, has a fixed focal length of 35mm and I’m debating about bring this and only this camera on future trips.  It’s that good!!
  • Nikon D3s  & 35mm f/1.4 lens:  Professional full-frame camera that we used intermittently when we planned on printing in large format.  If we had the stroller, we’d also bring this camera with us.  It is large and in charge, so it’s not exactly convenient to bring everywhere when you are also toting around baby gear.