Iceland: landscape

The final part of my 2 part Iceland blog posts is about the beautiful landscapes. All throughout the bus rides (for the parts where I was awake), I was desperately trying to take pictures of the beautiful scenery.

This was one of the sceneries that I was able to capture on the bus. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the stunning sites outside the window. I just wanted the bus to stop so I can take it all in.

This was the famous black sand beach. When we arrived, we were given 40 minutes to explore the beach, which I thought was far too much time. However, walking from one end of the beach to another took longer than expected. I couldn’t get enough of the beach and just wanted to sit their all day long, even with the cold winds blowing.

We were able to stop and view both the European and American tectonic plates. The ones pictured above are the American ones, which were so big they looked more like walls, than plates.

This was another stunning view captured on the bus. I’m glad I was awake for part of the journeys.

This was by far my favourite stop on the whole tour.

We were able to see the geysers, which went off every 10 minutes. It was amazing. Looking up at the mountain, I remember thinking there was no way that I was going to do another hike, especially after the previous day. However I did want to go for a short walk around the mountain but not up the mountain.

We started our walk and I saw this view, and I knew I was screwed. I couldn’t help wanting to go even further up. I was so taken aback by this view I knew I needed to see what else the mountain had to offer.

Going all the way to the top we could see this across the valley. We stopped and took multiple photos of the view and of ourselves. It was by far the best hike I’ve ever had. I barely noticed that we’d reached the top because we were so engrossed in the beauty of the mountains. We were so mesmerised that we thought we had missed our bus back to Reykjavik (luckily we didn’t).

Although I do not plan to visit Iceland again, as there are still so many countries that I am yet to set foot on, I’m very glad that I can finally cross this off my list.

Thank you for reading.

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