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.

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!):


Back to the rainy day:

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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