It's been a whirlwind of a week but we finally found an apartment, signed a lease, and are all moved in!! I can't remember the last time I was this excited about an apartment, and I think the answer is never because ever since college, apartments have been picked based on location rather than their interior. Now, we just have to finish unpacking and then I can really begin decorating the place and making it a home. I love it!
I am so glad to finally be posting once more on the trip that really changed everything. Iceland has really stuck with me. It had an almost eerie quality to it that made me want to explore it more. And maybe it was also the fact that I didn't know that much about it all before going. The food was simple, yet comforting. The people were far and few between, separated by long spans of dirt and gravel, lush green meadows, towering mountains shrouded in a dark gray cloud, or miles and miles of empty road.
I'm planning on blowing up a couple of the photos seen here on the blog to hang in our new apartment. Probably one of the horses, a waterfall, or maybe even the glacier lagoon. It won't satisfy the constant wanderlust I've had ever since leaving, but it may help remind me of the magical wonderland that is Iceland, that will be waiting for us the next time (hopefully!) we are able to go.
Places we went to, pictured in this post!
Jokulsarlon: An epic glacier lagoon!! This was the farthest point on our drive (approximately 5-6 hours from Reykjavik) and it was 100% worth it. I had never seen glaciers before and it was so tranquil and picturesque and just beautiful.
Vik and the Black Sand Beach: Vik was a cute little town that I wish we could have stayed in longer. The main thing we did here was eat at one of the only restaurants/gas stations in town, and go to the astonishingly gorgeous black sand beaches. Seriously, this part felt like a black and white scene in a movie. There was also a jagged cliff with a cave underneath. Amazing!
Gulfoss: This was the first waterfall we saw that was off of the Golden Circle Road. It was a little crowded, but still just so much bigger than what I was expecting (like everything else in Iceland). We even saw a double rainbow!
Solheimasandur Plane Wreck: I had seen photos of this famous isolated plane wreckage on instagram multiple times, and was dying to check it out. What Kyle and I did not know was that the walk to get there was somewhere between 30-40 minutes on a straight road in the middle of nowhere. This wouldn't have been a big deal, but after hiking up a waterfall and driving all day it felt really long. So, be prepared to park your car and walk along an empty stretch of road to see an abandoned plane!
Reykjavik: Although we were only in Reyjkavik for one night and half of one day, from what I saw it was so cute!! It was such a clean city and had a surprisingly large amount of restaurants and shops that would make spending an entire day there totally doable. We ate breakfast at Reykjavik Roasters, saw the famous Hallgrimskirija Church, and had lunch at Cafe Loki, all while popping into little stores in between!