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.

These were some 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.

This was another view that I was able to capture whilst on the bus.

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.

Again, 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 over 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 finally cross this off my list.


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Scotland: Edinburgh and Loch Lomond

For the last 4 days, I have been enjoying the beautiful land of the Scots.

My first night was spent in Edinburgh. we visited the castle, ate at grassmarket square, climbed Arthur’s seat, took a tour of parliament before finishing it all off with a city bus tour.

We didn’t go inside the castle and instead just walked around and visited the gift shop. We were all too hungry to stay in the castle for more than 10 minutes. I plan on visiting the castle when I return to Edinburgh.

The view from Arthur’s Seat was phenomenal. It was worth the climb, and the cold wind.

The city of Edinburgh was very beautiful and although I only spent 1 night there, I felt that I saw most of the things that I wanted to see.


We then went to Loch Lomond for 2 nights and stayed in a castle.

It was beautiful in the day but very very creepy at night time. Especially since there was no other properties in the area. We were completely surrounded by fields.

We then spent a day exploring and climbing the beautiful Ben Lomond. The climb was harder than Arthur’s feet and after 40 minutes I was ready to quit and return to the car.

Despite my laziness the view was worth it!

Top 3 things I enjoyed the most about my trip:

  1. The peace and quiet at our castle in Loch Lomond. It was lovely going to bed and hearing birds in the sky instead of drunk young people.
  2. How considerate Scottish drivers were compared to the ones in London. Everyone in Scotland seemed so polite and relaxed whilst driving, no road rage.
  3. Krispy Kreme doughnuts at the airport! I have been craving Krispy Kreme’s for over 3 weeks and I was finally able to buy some (4) at the airport. Do I regret eating so many doughnuts? No! Would I do it again? No! (To the doughnuts not to Scotland).

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