On our first full day in Iceland, we woke up
bright and early dark enough to make you think it was early and started on our coffee-filled, 2.5 hour road trip to hike up a glacier.
|This picture is blurry because of the fog! We could barely see more than 20 feet in front of us!|
|That's the sun showing its face, around 10:30|
Once the sun was up and we were past the fog, the drive was actually provided some really rewarding views.
After everyone saw my blue moon, we put on these really cool helmets, spikey overshoes, grabbed on to our ice picks, and were off to climb one of the largest glaciers in Iceland!
|Watch. My helmet is lopsided in nearly every picture. And the ones where it appears straight? It's because it was taken right after Daniel made fun of me for it, forcing me to try and straighten it.|
|Me looking really cool with the lopsided helmet.|
|That is all ice! Looks like frozen waves- it is from the wind that was present while the water was freezing!|
|Daniel fixed my helmet before taking this. That's why I look so much hipper.|
The hike ended up being our favorite thing that we did. The guides had lived in Iceland their whole lives and were so informative (not to mention hilarious!). They told us many old myths and superstitions- involving 1 nipped men, angry farmers, and of course trolls and elves. Our group was small and intimate- just us, another couple, and the two guides. I highly recommend this if you're in Iceland!
We were only 20 minutes from the teeny little village of Vik. I really wanted to check it out, since I had read that the beach was one of the most beautiful in the world. It didn't disappoint!
|Adorable church by the beach|
The beach was filled with smooth black volcanic stones instead of sand. I thought it would be more like Big Island in Hawaii, but it wasn't at all. The rocks were comfortable to walk on and I even took a "lucky" rock with me.
There were a handful of little caves on the beach, all of their walls being the same hexagonal columns. Side note- that isn't sand! Again, it is all tiny, round, smooth volcanic rock.
|Just a waterfall we passed on the roadtrip back to the farm.|