Glacier Lagoon

4 and a half hours from Reykjavik, along route 1, you'll find the Glacier Lagoon.

With Winter well under way in Seattle, I thought I'd finally finish up my last Icelandic story, and the Glacier Lagoon definitely goes up as one of my favorite spots in Iceland. Out of all the nerdy National Geographic documentaries I've grown up watching, it's the ones about glaciers that fascinated me the most. 

I booked myself an hour long Zodiac boat tour & after getting dressed in our anti-hypothermia/flotation suits, we boarded the boat. In comparison to their Amphibian tour, the Zodiac tour puts you on a smaller boat with less people, which allows you to get closer to the icebergs & glaciers. The only thing is, when photographic these glaciers, it's hard to convey a sense of scale without a size reference, but in person you're left in absolute awe.

All in all, as someone that's usually against guided tours, this one was well worth it. I would go on it again and again. Plus afterwards, you're free to explore the surrounding areas. You might even spot a few seals. - JEN

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Sólheimasandur Plane Crash

Lately, the low 30s to mid 20s temperatures in Seattle, have been reminding me of my recent trip to Iceland. I visited it in the fall after my 2 week trek through Western Europe, and one of my favorite treasures that I found along the southern coastline ofIceland, would be this plane right here. 

A little over a 3 hour drive from Reykjavik (or 40 minutes from my B&B) and a 4km walk from the road, you'll find the Sólheimasandur Plane Crash. The wreckage originated from a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 airplane, that was forced to do an emergency landing on November 24, 1973. All the crew members survived and the plane has lived on Sólheimasandur’s black sand beach ever since. 

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Directions to the plane crash

The plane is on the southern coastline of Iceland, just after the Skógafoss, going East on Route 1. After Skógafoss, you'll pass a dirt access road on your left, with a yellow sign that says, "Sólheimajökul 221". From there you'll drive another 2km. Keep an eye out for a gate on your right. The site is pretty popular, so it's easily spotted by a line of parked cars. You used to be able to drive right up to the plane from the road, but the owners of the land have gated it off to prevent that. Go ahead and park, then follow the marked trail (marked with white poles along the way) towards the plane. It's a flat 4km walk (about 50 minutes), so don't get discouraged, because the plane cannot be seen from the road. At the end of the trail, you'll around down a small dune, where you'll finally see the plane.

Goodluck!

Skogafoss

After my week in France, I was off to a few days on the Southern coast of Iceland. 

On my first morning in Iceland, I headed out to Skogafoss, just before sunrise. It was only a 15 minute drive from my bed & breakfast, and I was surprised as how easy it was to reach. From the road you can see the parking lot & from the parking lot it was only a minute walk in, or 10 minute hike up to see it from the top. 

As the sun came up, a rainbow appeared at the base of the falls, as it shined on the mist.

Definitely a great first stop on my 3 hour drive towards the Glacier Lagoon, although I do recommend the earlier the better, especially on a good weathered day. Since it has such great road access, Skogafoss becomes busy with tourist pretty quickly, and stays that way throughout the day.