In case you missed it, I wrote a quick bit about my time on my week long trip living out of a camper van in my first Iceland post.
From glacier lagoons, stunning waterfalls, black sand beaches, and hot springs, I go through my favorite water-related locations in this second installment.
Iceland is magic. There's no other way I can explain it. I've sat around for weeks trying to figure out the best way to convey in writing my experience in the seven days I spent there that were packed with one insane landscape after another. I can't explain what it felt like to wade in hot springs one day and skip rocks across glacier lagoons the next-- all while driving past endless waterfalls on the empty Icelandic coastline highways. Iceland is just magic.
And the water is inredible. So it gets its own post.
The Blue Lagoon
Our first stop from the airport was to the nearby Blue Lagoon, a geothermal pool that was a stark, perfect turquoise color. It's a popular tourist spot, and for good reason. Go for the pictures, which are perfect because all the steam blocks out people in the background, and stay for the fact that it's warmer than anything you'll experience in Iceland. I'd live in this pool if it didn't destroy my hair.
In case driving along Iceland's southern coast wasn't breathtaking enough in its quiet vastness, we saw waterfall after waterfall along the drive. Naturally, we stopped at each one. Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss are both gorgeous and situated right off the highway. Svartifoss, which is situated in Vatnajökull National Park, requires a short hike to get to, but is well worth the extra effort for the one of a kind geological formations surrounding the waterfall. I still can't figure out how something so turbulent, infinitely spewing water across sharp and jagged rock formations, could simultaneously feel so still.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
So we've finally made it pretty far across Iceland to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Glacier pieces break off the Breiðamerkurjökull and flow into the lagoon where they break into even smaller pieces and eventually drift their way into the ocean. With the glacier water floating quietly in a lake, you're left with beautiful deep turquoise and emerald tones throughout.
We skipped rocks and watched the glaciers dance around each other endlessly.
Icelandic Coastline & Beaches
Even spontaneous destinations and seemingly random locations along Iceland's coast can surprise you. We were sure to stop at the black sand beaches along the southern coast as we made our way east at first. We had extra time to explore Iceland and decided to use it to explore the western coast. The first town we hit on the way north was Borgarnes. We stopped into a bakery for morning coffee and pastries, and looking out the window, we saw the scene right out of the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty where the mountains and ocean met. Special effects turned the bakery we were having breakfast at into a Papa Johns for the movie.
One of the last locations we went to with our camper van were the cliffs in Hellnar where we dangled our feet over the cliffs overlooking the coastline. Looking down, we admired the deep blue hues of the ocean waves crashing into the rocks below.
Didn't I promise it from the beginning? Iceland is full of magic.