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.

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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

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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SNOWSHOEING IN UTAH

MY FAVORITE LOCATIONS 

I LOVE locations with a view it makes my adventure worth my struggle! Here are some of my favorite locations that I have gone snowshoeing.

1. Adam Falls, Adams Canyon

Total Distance 5.2 Miles   Total Time 3-5 Hours

This is defiantly a steep trail that I would recommend taking microspikes during the winter instead of snowshoes! I did not bring my own but my friend let me borrow one of hers and that saved me from many falls. I can only imagine how much easier it would have been if I would have had both of them on. This is one of my favorite waterfalls because its pretty big and beautiful, even when frozen!

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2. Lake Mary, Big Cottonwood Canyon

Total Distance: 2 Miles       Total Time: 1-2 Hours

This was one of the trails that was hard to find because of the snow! Here is the specific directions on how to find Lake Mary. We added to our time because we got lost trying to find the trail and we were one of the first to find it. The view was amazing even though you couldn’t see the lake.

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3. Grandeur Peak, Millcreek Canyon

Total Distance: 5.26 Miles    Total Time: 3-5 Hours

This trail was one of the tough ones for me because of the elevation gain in such a short amount of time. I literally thought I was going to give up the last mile, but in the end the view was completely worth it. Also its dog friendly so bring your pal for an adventure.

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4. Lake Blanche, Big Cottonwood Canyon

Total Distance: 7.6 Miles     Total Time: 5 Hours

This hike is breathtaking from the start to finish! Be prepared to take frequent stops to catch your breath and take a drink of water. This is a popular location were you will encounter many other adventurous from all around the world. It was pretty cold that we only stayed a couple minutes at the top, but it was still worth it!

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5. Diamond Fork Hot Springs, Spanish Fork Canyon

Total Distance in the winter: 12-13 Miles Total Time: 5-7 Hours

We woke up at dawn and were not the only ones to be in this journey to these beautiful hot springs. In the winter the road to this trail head is closed so you need to hike a little extra, but it is worth it! The whole time we were like inside a snow globe with light snow falling from the sky. For this adventure remember to wear your swimsuit under your clothes so you can jump in once you get there. Also remember to bring a towel no one want to hike down wet, that would be miserable!

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WINTER ADVISE 

Hiking is one thing and snowshoeing is another. Make sure you estimate about an hour more to your time when you are snowshoeing because some trails may be more difficult with snow. Some of the trails are not always marked well during winter seasons so know your trail in advance this cuts time on finding the trail. Make sure your snowshoes are the right size because it makes a huge difference!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO WEAR

The essentials include: A coat, hiking boots, snowshoes, wool socks, gloves, hiking backpack, beanie, micro spikes and/or microspikes snacks and WATER. Other suggested items include: hand/feet warmers, ski poles, snacks,and a compass.