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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?

  • Jessica Rieken

    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!

    • That isn’t an amateur question at all! I shoot with a Mark iii and usually do a little bit of light editing in Adobe Lightroom, but honestly don’t do very much aside from brightening. I do use the A6 filter in VSCO when posting to instagram though (and still brighten a bit).

      What camera do you shoot with?

      • Jessica Rieken

        I don’t! Photography is always something I wanted to get into and haven’t had the chance. I’m hoping to start so I’m camera hunting now. I read a recommendation in another blog for the Samsung NX500, which I was considering because it’s a bit less expensive and mainly just for personal use…but your pictures are always my favorite so I thought I’d ask.

        • I don’t know much about that one–I shoot with a Mark iii and Fuji XT1 but the 100T is great. I’d definitely recommend a mirrorless vs. an SLR since they’re so much easier to use day to day. Most of my instagram photos are shot with an iPhone. I’ll see if I can get a decent photography post up for you, but we do have some great ones on The Everygirl! http://theeverygirl.com/photography-101-iso

          • Jessica Rieken

            Awesome…I hadn’t seen that article yet. Thank you so much! I appreciate your input. <3

  • 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
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    • Did you see the northern lights? I JUST missed them! So bummed. I’m sure your photos were great. It’s all about the memories anyway, isn’t it?

      • I saw them indeed! It’s a bit disappointing as the eye doesn’t see like a camera and it’s not really what I saw on postcards before. It was still magical though! It alsowas the coldest night of my life, I actually had to go back to the bus as I was totally freezing on the spot! It is about the memories indeed!

  • So beautiful danielle! absolutely adding iceland to my travel wish list!

  • 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!

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