Travelling to Iceland...

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Welcome to what is probably the biggest and most photo-heavy post I've ever written. But it's all about Iceland and pretty views, so that's okay right? I left on the Friday the 4th of March and came back to England in the early hours of the following Thursday morning, so thought I'd so a post about what we (geography students) got up to on our adventure. Hope you enjoy this post!~

The main activities started on Saturday (all of Friday was spent travelling) and we of course had to check out the main tourist attractions in the Golden Circle. Above is the amazing Gullfoss waterfall, which was followed up by visits to Geysirs and the National Park (below). This is were the North American plate meets the Eurasian plate, and that's basically as close to America as I've ever got so it wasn't just the geology students that got excited! At this point we were pretty cold so used any excuse to start a snowball fight or slide down hills, so that was all fun too. Lastly we went to a geothermal power plant (probably the least exciting part of the day, as you might have guessed!)

On Sunday we explored the south coast. Firstly we had a short walk to see the beautiful Solheimajokull glacier, followed by a visit to the black beach- although it was covered in snow so not very black at all!
 Skogafoss, in the photo below, was spectacular with the rainbow at the bottom. We also walked up the hill to the side to get a view from the top (or in my case 3/4 of the way because I hate heights). After another short drive we arrives at Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall which you could walk behind, and a secret waterfall which was super pretty. Despite getting soaked, these were probably some of my favourite places of the trip!
Monday- Super Jeep Day! Okay, so for the first 30 minutes or so of being in a super Jeep, I wished I'd taken some travel tablets haha! I was fine anyway, and it ended up being really good fun. We stopped off at the Merkjárfoss waterfall and then went off roading through Thor Valley. To start with we were wondering how long it would take to meander around all of the rivers. Turns out, we drove straight though!
We also stopped off to look into a magical ice cave and have a little wander down a ravine with lots of frozen waterfalls. There's not very much to say here because the photos speak for themselves!
Tuesday... we did a 7 km round hike through the mountains to a geothermally heated river. Now, whilst the views were amazing, I must admit that the river was more of a stream! It's probably lovely in the summer, however, the ankle deep water was really hot on one side and cold on the other, so you had to strategically place yourself somewhere where there was warm water. Also, whilst I was standing waiting to get changed again it started snowing, so ended up being a bit grumpy about that! I'm laughing talking about it now but at the time I couldn't wait for the hike back (which is saying something!). I have so much more appreciation for the Revenant now though ;)

Friday was definitely a chill out day in comparison to all of our adventure days! We spent the morning exploring Reykjavik, shopping and visiting coffee shops before moving on to the Blue Lagoon in the afternoon. It was a great way to finish off the week, and very relaxing before the flight. One of the amusing things about it was the steam (both from the lagoon and nearby power plant) so you could only see a few metres in front of you. Also, everyone was using clay face masks so they looked like some kind of melting ghosts which was quite funny. We then travelled to the air port to begin our journey home...
That's it! I hope you've enjoyed seeing and reading about our trip. Have you been to Iceland before? Where would you like to visit?
Emma xo 

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  1. Iceland looks so beautiful! I would love to visit there one day. Did you catch the Northern Lights?
    www.rumbii.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Rue! We did actually - most of the time it was cloudy or snowing but one of the evenings it cleared so that we could see them, they were beautiful! I would definitely recommend visiting if you have the opportunity.

      Emma xo

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  2. Oh how wonderful! I'm so envious of you visiting Iceland. I very nearly decided to go this year for my birthday over a long weekend but decided on Venice instead, will be going in just a few weeks. It looks like a trip that couldn't be done in just a few days,, I would want to do and see so much! It looks truly incredible, very lucky x

    Amber - ambambe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Amber- Venice is beautiful too for a weekend too, I hope you have a wonderful time! Yes you'd definitely need more than a couple of days in Iceland, there's so much to see haha!

      Emma xo

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