DIAMOND BEACH & GLACIER LAGOON PHOTO DIARY

Roadtripping IcelandOn the day that we planned to visit the glacier lagoon we woke up to the first snowfall. We knew it was going to be a cold and wet day but when in Iceland you just have to tough it out! There are 2 spots you need to check out that are right by each other, Diamond Beach and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Bellow you will find my collection of photos taken at this spectacular sight.

Diamond Beach

There are 2 sides of Diamond Beach and I would recommend going to both if you have time. You will walk along black sand and small glaciers that have made it to the shore, it’s unlike any beach you have ever seen! Once the sun comes out they will brighten up and look like diamonds hence the name. Even though it was snowing we still spent about 30 minutes just walking along the beach and discovering seals entering the lagoon. I would bring some binoculars to get a closer look! IMG_2741IMG_2800IMG_2823Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

We booked a tour with one of the companies and we went on a smaller boat on to the water. We got pretty close to the massive glaciers chunks that were glowing turquouis or with black streaks. The snow that was falling on this unbelievable sight made it feel like I was in snow globe. After the boat tour you can walk around a couple paths and take more pictures from different angels. You can see the glaciers move towards the ocean and shift and crackle to get out of the lagoon.IMG_2884IMG_2885IMG_2892If you are visiting Iceland it is essential that you visit this location not only because it’s home to Europe’s largest glacier but because it’s an experience of a lifetime. Nothing compares to it.

Photo Tip: If it is snowing or raining make sure you bring something to dry off your lens with. IMG_2700.jpeg

MUST SEE WATERFALLS IN ICELAND

Roadtripping Iceland.pngOne of the top reasons I wanted to travel to Iceland was because of how many waterfalls there are. You’ll be driving down the road and see one then another and then another! It really is a waterfall chasers dream. Iceland has over 10,000 waterfalls that it’s hard to decide which ones to see because if you’re like me you want to see them all! Here are some of my favorites to help you narrow down your list.

Skógafoss

I would recommend taking the stairs and climbing to the top of the waterfall and then following the path for a scenic hike. Then go back down and get close and personal with the waterfall. You will get mist sprayed on you but it will make you feel so alive and have the sense of pure joy. IMG_3147Seljalandsfoss

This is one of the must see waterfalls in southern Iceland it will literally blow you away. The wind was so powerful that you saw the waterfall falling towards one side more. You can follow the path and it will take you behind the waterfall but be aware you will get wet from the mist! IMG_3262Gljúfurárfoss

I had no previous knowledge about this waterfall so it was such a great surprise to encounter it! It’s located secretly to the path on the left of Seljalandsfoss. It’s just a couple minutes along the path and the crowds are close to nonexistent. Follow the shallow stream through the cracks of the earth and then just look up…it’s waiting for you. IMG_3219.jpegSvartifoss

This is one of the most iconic waterfalls in Iceland and now we know why, it’s breathtaking. Svartifoss is located in Vatnajökull National Park and the hike takes about 45 minutes. We went in the fall so we had beautiful bright colors all around the trail. IMG_2960.jpegGullfoss

This is a popular stop within the Golden Circle and you won’t be able to avoid the crowds but it’s still worth it to experience it yourself. There are two different view points (lower and upper level) that you can snap your photos from different angels. We were lucky and captured a rainbow! Can you see it in the photo bellow?IMG_3318.jpegÖxarárfoss

You might recognize this waterfall from the popular TV show Game of Thrones. It is located in Thingvellir National Park and is part of the Golden Circle. You can hike down from different parking lots so make sure you grab a map from the visitors center. IMG_3409The waterfall bellow is unknown to me we just saw it from the side of the road and decided to go chase it! Best decision ever. That’s the thing about Iceland you’ll see so many waterfalls and you’ll just have to decide if you want to chase it! Have you been to Iceland? What are your favorite waterfalls? IMG_2923.jpeg

 

ROADTRIPPING ICELAND

Untitled Design.pngBefore going to Iceland I would recommend to plan out your trip and know what you want to see and do. Why? Because Iceland is so beautiful and there is numerous places to stop to visit. Be aware of the time frame you have, know how long the drive is and weather conditions! We went in late September early October and it was cold and windy but we still got some sun.

ICELAND ROUTE GUIDE (10 DAYS)

Day 1: Arrival 

We arrived to Iceland in the morning and rented our car through Hertz because it was a reasonable price with a well known company. I guess everyone had the same thought because the line took about an hour to get our car.

Tip: We did not rent a 4×4 car and we were fine just stay on the F- Roads.IMG_2697Day 2: Vestmannaeyjar Island

If you have time I would highly recommend visiting this island because it is a little less touristy. It’s a small village full of colorful houses and farmlands all around. There are two volcanoes you can hike and get an epic view of Eyjafjallajökull! If you go in the warmer months you can spot local Puffins.

Tip: Check the weather conditions because they will cancel if the waves are too high. IMG_2680Day 3: Hoffel

This was when we did the most driving because we went from the west to the south coast. Our ferry from Vestmannaeyjar Island was delayed a couple of hours because of wind conditions. We ended up driving into the night but that’s okay! We moved things around and we got to do everything we still wanted!

Tip: If unfortunately you have a delay or travel issues don’t freak out just try to solve the problem and still enjoy your time there!

Day 4: Jokulsarlon Glacier & Dimond Beach

We woke up the for first snow fall of the season and that was pure magic. We had booked a glacier tour were we got up close and personal to many glaciers and we also got to taste a part of one! On the other side of the road is Diamond Beach were parts of broken glaciers are heading out to the sea or washed out to the shore.IMG_2823.jpegDay 5: Svartifoss & Fjaðrárgljúfur

This waterfall is a fun hike to stretch out from all the driving! The hike is about 1.5 kilometers and you’ll see some smaller waterfalls along the trail. Next stop, Fjaðrárgljúfur the famous canyon from Justin Bieber’s “I’ll Show You” music video. Unfortunately, because of it’s popularity most of the viewing spots are closed now and you have to stick to a trail.IMG_2964Day 6: Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, Skógafoss & Seljavellir Geothermal Pool

In 1973 this plane ran out of fuel and had to make an emergency landing and thankfully everyone survived. Now many tourist make it a prime destination to visit. To get to the famous plane wreck you have to hike 4km from the main road. Don’t worry it’ not a hard hike it’s just a long hike.

Day 7: Seljalandsfoss & Golden Circle

If you go to Iceland and you only have a short amount of time, I would highly recommend driving the Golden Circle. There are different spots with unbelievable views not  far from each other. You will see waterfalls, hot springs, geyser and a crater all within the loop!IMG_3409.jpegDay 8 & 9: Reykjavik

We spent 2 days exploring this iconic city where you’ll find many museums, restaurants, swimming pools, shopping districts and a wild night life. We loved grabbing hot dogs from the famous Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur stand and then going to Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral for the highest viewing point of Reykjavik. IMG_3484Day 10: Blue Lagoon

The last day we wanted to just relax and enjoy the famous hot springs and that was the perfect way to end our adventure in Iceland. I would recommend just doing the basic price and going close to sunset.

Tip: Book your tickets at least 2 months in advance because they tend to sell out. IMG_3599.jpegMY ICELAND ROUTE

I laid out a map of the route we took while road tripping Iceland. You can always tailor it to what you want to see! What are you the most excited about seeing in Iceland? What are some of your favorite spots? Tell me more!