Earlier this month/Summer (been trying to get this post up for awhile – oops!), Dan and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary!  We decided to take a short trip over to Iceland, a place I had long wanted to visit due to its exotic landscaping and awesome lighting that photographers drool over.  I had also noticed on trips to Europe via Icelandair all their stylish branding and clever travel promotions.  Seemed like a cool place to check out.

So we packed our bags and traveled Northeast, leaving the beginning of our summer for something a whole lot colder (I ended up wearing my winter jacket most of the time).  And got to witness quite a mysterious and different world (and snap a bajillion photos of course).

DAY 1

Best thing we did by far was rent an SUV so we could explore on our own.  Scenes from road from airport to hotel:

PINPINPINArrived at our first hotel, Ion Adventure Hotel, located in Nesjavellir near a geothermal power plant and Þingvallavatn (which reads Thingvallavatn in English) – which we had no idea about, but was super cool because when Dan and I married we were living on Thingvalla Avenue…PINPINPINAfter dropping off our bags we started checking out sites along the Golden Circle – which was pretty touristy but cool none-the-less, and straightforward for our first day (which FYI was pretty much after pulling an all-nighter on the plane).PINPINPINPINPINPINBack at the hotel we enjoyed the geothermal pool and an amazing dinner.  I had heard that the food in Iceland was fit for foodies and it did not disappoint. PINPINDAY 2:

For our second day we booked a Super Jeep adventure.  Our rugged, handsome tour-guide named Oskar showed up bright and early and we set out!PINWe head first to the Þórsmörk valley – at the time we didn’t watch GOT but now that we do, I recognize some scenes filmed in this area..PINPINPINPIN

Oskar had to save this couple from getting swept away in a glacial river!PINPINPINPINSeljalandsfoss (famous waterfalls):PINPINSouthern coast / black sand and shipwreck:PINPINRainbow sighting as the day came to a close.  This moment was very special for me – only an hour later I learned of my aunt Kane’s passing. PINHike from our hotel:PINPIN

Day 3:  Drove out the Snæfellsnes peninsula,.  This is Buhakirkja:

PINAnd beautiful countryside.PINPINPeaks of Snæfellsnes (volcano):PINHellisandur:PINMore driving and finally a stop to pet horses!PINPINPINPINPINPINPINPINFinal stop – Reykjavik : )  Icelandair Hotel (was SO cool!):PINPINSkuli :PINWalking tour on final day (kind of wish we did this day 1!):PINPINPINPINSnæfellsnes peninsula again!PINPINMural from outside taxi drive to airport and then a shot while above Greenland.

Another mini-vaca to see Dan’s sister in Italy coming up in just a couple weeks!