Iceland in May 2015 ~ Day 3. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Black Sand Beach, and Vatnajokull Glacier.

Our third day in Iceland, started with breakfast from Sandholt bakery again.

Kraig and I had been going back and forth on whether or not we would make the drive out to Black Sand Beach and Vatnajokull Glacier while we were in Iceland.The thing holding us back was time. Since we were staying in Reyjavik, it’d probably be about 14 hours in a car that day if we did this day trip. We both knew that we’d live with regret if we didn’t venture out for this advenutre, so we made the trek and it was definitely WORTH it. With the never ending hours of daylight on our side and or our remnants of youth to power us through, we embarked on our journey.

The first stop of the day was at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.  This waterfall is super cool because you can walk up and behind the waterfall.





Here is a very shaky video I took of the waterfall with my iPhone.

The next major stop for the day was Black Sand Beach.  It was certainly cold here, but a beautiful sight to see. The rocks in the water reminded me of pictures and movies that I’ve seen of Cannon Beach in Oregon.






We finally made it to Vatnajokull Glacier! There are different tours offered for the glacier, but we decided to explore on our own. Perhaps we would have ventured more into the unknown with a tour guide, but based of costs and reviews on TripAdvisor, we didn’t take any tour.






I think we made it back to our apartment rental in Reykjavik around 11:30PM after a full day of sightseeing.  This day was so much fun and I definitely recommend making the trip.

Homemade apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream.

Fall will be starting in New England on Wednesday, so I thought a nice way to welcome the season would be to make some apple crisp.  I baked up a batch of Joy The Baker’s Apple Crisp and then used Ina Garten’s recipe for vanilla ice cream.  I think having an ice cream maker at home is seriously dangerous. It’s so easy to use and the results are so fresh. I think I’ll attempt a Salted Caramel ice cream recipe next time. I have the Kitchen Aid Mixer attachment to make ice cream at home and it worked pretty well.

Iceland in May 2015 ~ Day 2. The Golden Circle.

The second day in Iceland started with breakfast from a local bakery named Sandholt.  The pastry and quiche were absolutely delicious. The food was fresh and very indulgent. Just the type of thing you want to eat for breakfast everyday when you’re on vacation.IMG_2409

Afterwards, we started our adventure for the day to drive The Golden Circle route. It was a wonderful way to spend the day on KRAIG’S BIRTHDAY!





Seeing the Geysir Strokkur was super cool.


This had steam coming out of it until out of nowhere you see a shot of water explode into the air. It put a smile on the faces of tourists of all ages. There were children there admiring this in addition to adults with reactions like a little kid. It’s definitely a fun thing to explore if something like this is new to you.


Here’s a short video of it in action!

We also saw the amazing Gullfoss waterfall below.

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I feel like these pictures do not give Iceland justice of its true beauty. Everything is just so jaw-dropping.  It is so amazing to see beautiful waterfall after waterfall on so many occasions while you’re driving.


We ended our day of adventure with a visit to a natural hot spring named Gamla laugin. I liked this one a lot more than The Blue Lagoon. The water was nice and warm, but not scorching and the atmosphere was laid back. I did not witness any nudity inside the hot springs in case you were curious. I did see a lot more of it in the women’s locker room here than at Blue Lagoon because there was less space. However, the amenities were very clean and Europeans do not seem to care about that sh*t.




We went back to our apartment to freshen up and then had dinner at Kol. This restaurant is considered fancy for Iceland and we had great service.


Day 2 was a success in Iceland!

Iceland in May 2015 ~ Day 1

Kraig and I spent Memorial Day weekend in the beautifully scenic Iceland. We had a lot of fun sightseeing and going in some Hot Springs.  We took a red eye flight from Boston to Reykjavik and landed early in the morning.


We grabbed breakfast from Joe Juice at the airport which was surprisingly good airport food. I have to say this is probably the healthiest and freshest airport food I’ve had in my life. They have yummy smoothies with fresh fruit or greens. After breakfast, we picked up our car rental and began our short drive to The Blue Lagoon hot springs. These hot springs are man made and have a party atmosphere to them. Even though we were there around 8AM in the morning, other people quickly arrived with the same plan as us to drop by after their flight landed.


After you check in, shower, and change in the locker room, you’re allowed to go outside to the lagoons. They have face masks you can wear during the experience and I read that you should cover your hair with a hat to protect it from getting damaged. I was probably the only person there doing this with a shower cap and beanie on my head to protect my precious locks. For any women traveling here, I have to let you know that you *do* get privacy in the changing rooms here. I had read that everything was open here, but that is not the case. There are private stalls for showering and areas to change in.


The bar was open when we got there, so we were drinking Gull beers at 8:30AM along with all the other tourists and bachelor parties there.

If I’m going to be honest, I thought these hot springs were WAY TOO EFFING HOT. However, the experience was fun and not one to be missed as a typical tourist. After spending a few hours at the lagoon, we headed to check into our apartment rental in Reykjavik.  I would definitely recommend doing an apartment rental. It makes the experience more comfortable and easier.


Our apartment had a balcony with a beautiful view that we thoroughly enjoyed.


After we checked in, we grabbed lunch at Kopar.


The food here was good for Icelandic standards, but OK compared to what you would have in the U.S. I loved Iceland, but I have to say that the food was bad overall. Even the nice restaurants seemed to lack flavor in dishes and tasted bland to me.IMG_2322

Another thing you might not know is that alcohol/booze is very expensive in this country. It’s actually best to stock up on alcohol at the airport when you land rather than spend more at places on your trip.


This is the view from the back of the restaurant (minus me).

We did some walking around the city during the day.


Then grabbed an afternoon pick me up near our apartment.



I know it seems somewhat ridiculous to get Italian food while you’re in Iceland, but I was craving some fatty Italian food, so we went to Primo for dinner. I got the lasagna which was very tasty and perhaps the best meal on our trip (if you’re not including the Joe Juice experience at the airport).


After dinner we took a stroll though the streets and ended up at The Laundromat for some beers at the bar.  This bar/restaurant/cafe/laundromat was adorable. The food looked good, but since we just ate, we stuck to beers.


A Seattlelite (well King County area person) ended up sitting next to us and chatting us up telling us all about their three week adventure in Iceland that was coming to an end the next day.



We took another walk through the streets and then headed home after a long day of traveling and sightseeing.

One of the coolest things about visiting Iceland in May is that it’s almost daylight for 24 hours straight. It was so cool having the sun out until 11:30PM. It’s especially handy when you’re driving through roads you’re unfamiliar with and don’t have to worry about the sun setting in an unfamiliar place.  I took this picture out on our balcony before we went to bed. The light is still peaking through.