4.16.2019

695. Iceland 2.0 | Exploring Vatnajökull Ice Cave

Vatnajokull leftbanked
Luckily the rain stopped the next day and it was sunny, yet EXTREMELY windy; the strongest winds I've ever experienced in my life. The photos look like the atmosphere was nice and calm but it wasn't lol. I actually thought I would blow away. According to our guide, this was the second day he ever experienced it being as windy (so it isn't like that all the time there). Even though it was freezing and I got soaked again, it was a fun experience.

We visited Vatnajökull National Park which included a large ice field and ice cave. We had to wear these things on our boots to walk in the ice cave:

moon boots
Vatnajokull Ice Cave
This is the opening of the ice cave, where we would walk into.

Vatnajokull Ice Cave
It was really cold and windy in there the entire time, with water dripping down. It did feel like we were on an extreme expedition lol.

Vatnajokull Ice Cave
Vatnajokull Ice Cave
Vatnajokull Ice Cave
Vatnajokull Ice Cave
Vatnajokull Ice Cave
At this opening, the winds and water/ice was so strong it was pretty painful as it hit my face.

Vatnajokull Ice Cave
This is the opening where we had to climb out of. The photo is taken looking up (it's not a straight walk across). There was a rope I hung onto on the side and rocks/ice to use as steps. I was so scared I'd slip and fall on the way up. Water was rushing down the sides and a huge splash went into my right boot.

Vatnajokull Ice Cave
Ice Explorers Iceland
This was the truck we rode on. It was a very bumpy ride around the ice field.

Iceland ice field
Iceland Vatnajokull
Iceland Vatnajokull ice field
There are two people in this photo (if you noticed) so you can get an idea of the scale

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4.04.2019

694. Iceland 2.0 | Waterfalls & Glaciers

despacito leftbanked iceland
As a gift for my birthday, my boyfriend took me to Iceland again. It was our second time there in three months. The first time was for the Christmas holidays before going to Europe last December. I had an amazing time there despite some bad luck we had (really bad weather, not being able to see the Northern Lights, & another bad experience with Wow Air). This time we visited places we were unable to on our first trip; the South of Iceland, the East of Iceland, the Blue Lagoon, and Icelandic horse-back riding.

Wow Air plane
Here we were flying over Toronto on the way to Iceland..on board a now non-existent airline, Wow Air. They caused more issues for us than I want to write about on here lol. The airline ended up shutting down a day before our flight back home (more about that in a future post). It's kind of ironic that we booked the tickets for this trip partially with a voucher we received from them in order to compensate for our last bad experience, and now this happened.

Age of Ambition book
Age of Ambition: I was reading this book on the flight over. I really love it so far..it's really interesting and pretty funny in some parts. I bought it many months ago and only managed to start reading it now. That's part of the reason I like flights; being about to catch up on my overdue reading.

Sandholt breakfast Reykjavik
One of the many inconveniences of Wow Air flights was that they landed at 4:45am in the morning in Reykjavik. So we had many hours to kill until we were able to check into our hotel room (that day we managed to get our room at 12:30pm). So we sat around for hours the first morning, waiting.

Caffe Loki Reykjavik
After we got our room, we took a nap for several hours then went out to dinner at our favourite restaurant there - Kaffi Loki. They have the best fish there!! Afterwards, we just walked around the city a bit and then went back to the hotel for an early night.

Reykjavik Sun Voyager
Early in the Morning Reykjavik
Breakfast at our hotel the next morning.

Seljalandsfoss
The first couple days of our trip, we joined a tour to visit the Southern and Eastern parts of the country. It was an overnight trip that spanned two days. The first day, the weather was the worst I ever experienced. There was literally non-stop (pretty heavy) rain all day, very windy and very cold. Less than halfway through the first day, we were completely soaked already from top to bottom, and had to stay uncomfortably in wet clothes all day. I never experienced that before lol. It was quite an experience. So the photo above was from the rainy day at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. We came back to this spot the next day. Here you can compare how it was on a nicer sunnier day (you can even see a rainbow!):

Seljalandsfoss

Back to the rainy day:

Skogafoss
This one is called Skogafoss

Reynisfjara black sand beach
Then we visited the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach.

Reynisfjara black sand beach
It was soooo cold and rainy/windy here I didn't manage to get many photos as I thought I was getting frostbite.

South Iceland glacier
jokulsarlon iceland
This was my favourite place from the trip: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. We ended up coming back again the next day in nicer weather though.

glacier lagoon jokulsarlon Iceland
glacier lagoon jokulsarlon iceland
diamond beach Iceland
We also visited Diamond Beach. I really liked the contrast of the ice against the black sand.

diamond beach Iceland

In the evening we stayed at a hotel somewhere in the area and spent part of the night trying to dry our completely soaked wet clothes using a hair dryer. Unfortunately the skies were not the right condition to see the Northern Lights.

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