Scenic and Surreal Iceland-II

Scenic and Surreal Iceland-II

Continuing from where we left. After covering the south of Iceland we headed towards the east and the north.(Check out the previous blog):
 After it encountering heavy snow fall for the first couple of days the third day was a welcome clear day. We drove east with sea on our right and mountain ranges on our left and suddenly after one of those ordinary bends out of nowhere we came across this out of the world lagoon called as  Jökulsárlón. The lagoon originates from a melting glacier which “by the way” is right adjacent to the sea.

 

Unrealistically Beautiful
Unrealistically Beautiful
The lagoon itself is nothing short of a paradise in itself. I will highly recommend everyone to take a boat ride in the lagoon, you won’t regret it. There are blue, white ,black (because of the ash from the volcanoes) Icebergs in the clean lagoon water. If you are patient enough you might even see seals in the water. Once we crossed the bridge over the lagoon towards the sea we saw big ice bergs on the black beach. That was one of the weirdest thing I had ever seen(Icebergs on a beach)
Glacier and sea together
Glacier and sea together
pic-2-3The drive through the east is beautiful.We took a road through the highlands of the country. The highlands are themselves a treat to watch but not easily accessible. It actually felt like we were driving on top of a wall (the Game of thrones one).
Let me try to describe the drive: Driving on top of a flat mountain with snow on either side of the roads with a brook running along the road that has small waterfalls that are partially frozen. We were speechless and scared at the same time because we realized if we were stuck here there is no going back.

 

The special east
The special east
The Highlsnds
The Highlands
pic-newAfter passing through the highlands we headed north. Now just imagine the odds:Driving in the middle of the night with a clear sky, it had snowed heavily for the past two days to provide a perfect white cover around the black road, it was full moon night .
It was really cold outside (around -10 C). The snow from the roadsides and mountains was reflecting perfect moonlight. To top it all there were hot Geysir on either side that were visible in the moonlight It was seriously a romantic site.But we were driving in the middle of the night at 50km/hr with no headlights(yeah without the headlights).The moonlight reflection was so bright that everything was visible.I was spellbound and in awe during the whole 50 km drive. It’s one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

 

After that spectacular drive we reached Lake Mývatn and parked our car at the perfect spot to see northern lights. But alas we were unlucky, though we had a clear sky but there was no solar activity that day. We could see the northern lights in the camera,with the camera set it to a higher exposure. It was less than -15 degree Celsius  outside and we decided to call it a day and slept in our car again.

 
 

Jacuzzi in snow
Jacuzzi in snow

Next we headed to go to Dettifoss but the roads had a heavy snow cover that we decoded to turn back (we might even had an accident but lets concentrate on the important things here). There are many nature baths in Iceland and they are the best places to relax and re energize from your trips. The water is naturally hot and it is one of the most energizing experiences . The hot pools are surrounded by snow . You can stay back and relax as long as you want and if you willing to shed some wallet weight they serve beer and food in the bath.

 
 
 

Goðafoss is right behind us
Goðafoss is right behind us

We continued our journey towards north and stopped at Goðafoss where we had dinner in pitch darkness. It was cold like hell and I remember our hands and ears getting numb.But it was one of the most amazing places to have dinner. We reached Akureyri  which  is one of the biggest towns in north of Iceland and it is one of the most beautiful cities of Iceland.

 

 

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Next we decided to explore the less popular Westfjords and see Dynjandi. The drive to that Dynjandi was a treat in itself. We saw many frozen lakes on our way to the waterfall and the waterfall in itself was majestic. We covered few other falls on our way back to Reykjavik and completed our amazing trip.

 

 

If you love horse riding, adventurous glacier walks and scuba dives then these are some other reason to go to Iceland. We didn’t cover the whale watching and many other things that the country has to offer.I am definitely going back
Overall I can assure you that you won’t regret your trip to Iceland and will remember it for the rest of your life. The only downside is that the weather is very unpredictable and the country is slightly more expensive. Try bringing in a camera that shoots good images in night and have a portable camera ready (I-phone and Samsung Galaxy are pretty good).

 

Just leaving you with some of my favorite pics from the trip and thanks to google for this amazing video(use google photos)
Amazing landscape
Amazing landscape

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