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.

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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!

5 STUNNING WATERFALLS IN KAUAI

5 favorite waterfalls in Kauai-1If you love waterfalls you have to get on an airplane and get your loving waterfall soul to Kauai! Seriously, so many waterfalls to take your breath away. I’ve made it a little easier for you and listed some of the most stunning waterfalls to visit on your adventure. IMG_0265.jpegOPAEKA’A FALLS

Imagine you are just driving down the road you look out the window and this is what you see! Ahhh, what a sight to remember. Located along Route 580, this double falls is 151 feet tall and can’t be missed. I couldn’t find any information about hiking down so we just saw it from above. If you have any info about possible hiking let us know!IMG_0858.jpegWAIPOO FALLS

Located in the middle of Waimean Canyon you will find this gem. There are many lookout points to capture this sight. The hike to this falls is 4 miles round trip and considered moderate. Unfortunately, we didn’t know you could actually hike it so we missed out. But, if you want to know more about the actual hike to go All Trails for more information. FullSizeRender.jpgWAILUA FALLS

This waterfall is a fantasy and no wonder it was used for the TV show Fantasy Island! There is a great and safe overlook to see the waterfall right by the road. There are 2 hiking trails that lead to the bottom of the falls but are not recommend. We were rebels and we went for it! It was a steep short way down that had ropes to help you out. I would recommend it, but that’s just me! IMG_0487.jpegNA PALI COAST

If you decide to book a boat trip along the Na Pali Coast you well find so many waterfalls along the coast. These waterfalls range from all sizes and go straight into the ocean! Our guide would take us under some falls to freshen up from the hot day. Attachment-1.jpegRED DIRT WATEFALL

This is definitely the most different and unique falls in Kauai. On the way up to Waimean Canyon you’ll find these falls to your left. It feels and looks like you could possible be in Mars because off the red sand. This stunning fall is a true eye catcher and defiantly worth the stop.

10 PHOTOS TO INSPIRE YOU TO VISIT QUEEN’S BATH, HI

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After doing some research I was positive that I wanted to visit this place, no matter what. Every picture that I saw made me fall in love with this location, it just looked so unreal. I will admit that I am not the best swimmer, so naturally, I was terrified especially with all the warnings about it. I decided to be brave and cross this off my bucket list!

Before you go make sure the conditions are just right and that the tide is not high! The trail is located in Princeville and parking is very limited that you might  have to wait a couple minutes to grab a spot (we waited 20 minutes). The trail is very muddy and slippery so make sure you have the proper footwear. No flip flops! It’s a short and steep hike that takes about 25 minutes. Before reaching the bottom you will pass a stream and a waterfall to freshen up in. When you finally arrive the view will be breathtaking! You can jump into the pool and swim for a couple minutes, at times there will be a few waves that come along just an FYI.

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WHAT TO DO IN SAN DIEGO

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Okay, so we were sick and over the snow in Utah that we decided to take a weekend away and headed to San Diego with 75-degree weather! We booked our cute beach Airbnb and soaked up the sun. We had 3 days to enjoy what San Diego had to offer and it was perfect to do all that we wanted to do.

BEST BEACHES 

Being from Utah where there is no beach (and no the Great Salt Lake does not count), I love and appreciate my beach time! San Diego has a couple nice beaches to check out and to get your tan on, salt in your hair and relax to the sound of the waves. Some of my favorite beaches from the San Diego area include:

  • Mission Beach
  • Pacific Beach
  • La Jolla Cove
  • Coronado Beach

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The photo below I took in the best location to capture the San Diego skyline. Most locals are the only ones that know of this location, but I will share it with you! It is Bayview Park you can find the directions here. But, shhh I didn’t tell you!

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SAN DIEGO ZOO

The San Diego Zoo is one of the most popular ones in the states and it did not disappoint. We spent a whole day at the zoo because it is huge and you have so many things to see! We were lucky enough to have most of the animals be awake and active. You can easily purchase tickets that same day at their box office or online.

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BELMONT PARK

This little amusement park is located by Mission Beach and has free admissions! You can walk around and grab a Dole Whip (that’s what we did), or ride couple rides and play in their arcade. It’s a great place to take your family after a day at the beach!

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SAN DIEGO EATS

Great food is always on the list when traveling and San Diego’s foodie scene is delicious, so here is a couple of my favorite places:

  • Olive Cafe
  • Breakfast Republic
  • Dirty Birds
  • Common Theory Public House
  • Sicilia Bella
  • Baked Bear (ice cream sandwiches)

Best Transportation Method 

Bird is a recent company that provides easy and fast transportation with dockless bikes and scooters. I am not a bike person so this scooter saved me from many dreadful bike rides! This is a great transportation method for the boardwalk or close by destinations you don’t necessarily want to get an Uber or walk to. I LOVED my scooter and definitely recommend it!

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San Diego was the perfect destination and we will be coming back in the future! What are your favorite things to do? Any ice cream location I must check out? Tell me more!

REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK #VANLIFE

IMG_2317-1Have you ever wanted to live the van life in a beautiful location? Well, that’s exactly what we did from San Francisco all the way to Crescent City. Our van had a comfy bed, sink, and cooler so all the essentials were covered. We had no clue where we would spend the nights so for a planner like me that was a little nerve racking! In this post, all cover the basic what and where’s. IMG_4478

IMG_4482ESSENTIALS TO PACK 

  • Raincoat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water Shoes
  • Lots of bug spray
  • Food for some meals (most vans have a cooler, stove top, and sink).

WHERE TO RENT YOUR CAMPER VAN

OUR ADVENTURE ROUTE 


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MINI TRAVEL GUIDE TO PUERTO RICO

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Puerto Rico is a great getaway for a tropical destination with amazing views, delicious food and welcoming people. We went in January and the temperature was perfect! Puerto Rico is on the smaller size so you can explore the whole island easily by renting a car. I’ve put together a mini guide to help you on your travels to this island.

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What to know before visiting Puerto Rico 

  • The US Dollar is the local currency
  • Most locals speak English
  • Passport is not required if you’re a US Citizen
  • Uber is available

What to see & do

  • Explore Old San Juan by foot
  • Visit El Morro & Castillo San Cristobal
  • Shopping on Cristo Street
  • Visit El Yunque National Park
  • Cue Ventana (Window Cave)
  • Bioluminescent Bays (can’t be seen during a full moon)

Where to eat & drink

  • Raices
  • Mofongos
  • Antojitos del Callejon
  • Vaca Brava

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As many of you know last September Puerto Rico was hit with a category 4 hurricane, destroying most of the island. This was the worst storm that has ever hit Puerto Rico. As of now, Puerto Rico is doing much better and tourism is at its best! By going on vacation to Puerto Rico you are helping the island by supporting local businesses and helping them recover through tourism dollars. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and go on vacation for a good cause!

3 WINTER ACTIVITES TO DO IN JACKSON, WYOMING

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Jackson, Wyoming is a winter paradise. With all sorts of actives to enjoy with the family for a weekend getaway. If you are lucky enough you will get to see the Teton Mountain range during a moment of clarity and it’s truly breathtaking. Of course hitting the slopes with your skies is a great option, but there are also other winter activies to enjoy!

1. Wild Life Safari IMG_2015

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Wake up early, grab your coffee, dress warmly and go see some animals! We were able to see moose, elk, eagles, buffalo, foxes and big horn sheep! Your guide knows all the locations to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife.  You just have to be patient, I promise you’ll see something.

2. National Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride

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I unexpectedly found this little excursion when I was visiting the welcome center and just had to sign up. You are able to get close and personal to the elk in a safe way while admiring their beauty. Your guide will be full of fun facts about not only elk but other animals in the area. It’s fascinating to learn about the elks yearly migration to Jackson!

3. Dog Sledding

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Wow. That’s all I have to say for this adventure. It was my favorite and would highly recommend this to be added to your winter backlist! Check out the full details on my dog sledding post. But, seriously look at these doggie faces!

Jackson is a magical place year round but there is something very special about it in the winter. Have you been to Jackson? If so, what are some of the things you must do or see.

DOG SLEDING, JACKSON WY

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A year ago I came across this dog sledding company, Continental Divide Dogsled Adventures , in Jackson Wyoming but it was all booked out! So I had to wait a whole year to do this and the wait was worth it. We were not the only ones excited for this ride, the dogs were too. As soon as we got there they were jumping in excitement and hoping to be chosen to mush with us!

You can choose between a full day of dog sledding or a half day. We chose the half day option. You can also save a few bucks if you drive yourself to their lodge (45 minutes outside of Jackson) rather than have them pick you up in town.

When we arrived for our trip our native Alaskan guide, who has been sledding since she was six moths old gave us some basic information on what to expect during our mush. Excitedly we threw on our winter gear and went out to meet the dogs.  On our way back we were taught how to drive the sled and we even had the opportunity to mush by ourselves! The whole trip was unbelievable! This was by far the highlight of my trip to Jackson.

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We were truly in a winter wonderland! It had recently snowed so we were worried the visibility was going to be low, but it was a perfect sunny day.  The tips of the Tetons made for the perfect background for our dog sled ride.  I would absolutely recommend adding this to your bucket list!

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We loved playing and meeting with all of our 11 Alaskan Huskies! They were so playful, rowdy, and friendly. These dogs are treated with care and trained to be endurance athletes. Billy (owner) makes sure that the well being of his dogs is a top priority. Billy even makes his own dog food brand to ensure they are getting the nutrients that they need.

To book your reservation make sure you book at least a couple weeks in advance. Billy and his team will take care of you and make sure you have a memorable time.

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