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Three Days in Reykjavik, Iceland

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Earlier this year, I spent three days in Reykjavik, Iceland and a few of my photos made it to The Everygirl, but I never posted anything here. It was a quick trip, and Iceland’s terrain is incredible–unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to go back! Here’s a recap of my time in a land with no trees, crystal blue water, geyers, and the prettiest horses you’ve ever seen.

If you follow Blair, Jess Keys, or Jess Sturdy, you may have seen some details of our time in Iceland, but I thought I’d finally share a few of my favorite photos from one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. We flew into Reykjavik, home of Of Monsters and Men (one of my favorite bands), with IcelandAir’s stopover flight–which is just 6 hours direct from Chicago. The next time I plan a weeklong trip, I’m going to fly IcelandAir, stopover in Iceland for a few days (for free) and then head to another European country. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough time when we fly to Denmark after Thanksgiving, but getting back to Iceland is definitely on my list.

Day 1: Exploring Reykjavik
Walk around downtown, treat yourself to an Icelandic sweater and socks, and see the city from the top of the Luthern church.
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Day 2: SuperJeep Tour, Gulfoss, and Geysir
The SuperJeep tour was one of my favorite parts of the trip but would have been a lot better with some anti nausea medication. I don’t get carsick and was struggling. Take the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland and make it 2x bumpier for about an hour straight, and there’s your SuperJeep tour.

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Gulfoss was the coldest, windiest place I’ve ever been, so sadly, most of my photos didn’t turn out very well. My eyes are crazy sensitive and teared up a lot to the point that I couldn’t see anything. We also made a quick stop at efstidalur for lunch and ice cream, and saw some geysers, too.
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The next best part of day 2? The Icelandic Ponies. They’re technically horses but are closer in size to ponies and calling them ponies does them justice because they’re the sweetest.theeverygirl-daniellemoss-iceland-18 theeverygirl-daniellemoss-iceland-22 theeverygirl-daniellemoss-iceland-27theeverygirl-daniellemoss-iceland-28

The great divide: Thingvellir is the spot where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet.theeverygirl-daniellemoss-iceland-30

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Left to right: Blair, me, Jess, and Jess all wearing Hunter Wellies (not planned)

Day 3: The Blue Lagoon 

The Blue Lagoon was as beautiful as I thought it would be–maybe more so. Just be sure to schedule your visit in advance! We swam up to the face mask bar for algae masks that were so good we each bought some to take home, and had an incredible lunch at Lava.
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Iceland is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I still can’t get over the country’s unique terrain and definitely recommend planning a trip there as soon as possible, but next time, will make sure the weather is just right for viewing the northern lights. I can’t wait to go back! Where’s the most interesting/unique place you’ve ever been?

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  • Erica

    September 14, 2016 at 6:18 pm
    Gorgeous photos! I had a short layover in Iceland years ago when I went to Europe with my girlfriend. I always wish I had spent more time there!
  • jillian

    September 8, 2016 at 1:25 pm
    So beautiful danielle! absolutely adding iceland to my travel wish list!
  • Ravacholle

    September 7, 2016 at 10:35 am
    I remember having waited for this post! I visited Iceland last October and it was such a nice surprise! I absolutely loved it to bits! My favourite part was going to the Blue Lagoon at night, it was such a magical experience! I had never seen geysers before so it was also a revelation! I love all your photos, all mine weren't that good... You make everything so glamourous!! Clem x <a href="http://ravacholle.blogspot.com" rel="nofollow">ravacholle.blogspot.com</a>
  • Jessica Rieken

    September 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm
    This is such an amateur question (because I am absolutely an amateur)...but I love the filter/coloring of your photos. How do you get that? Maybe you could do an updated camera/photography post (unless I've missed on!)? Love all your pictures so much!