okay, so i'm now back home but of course i haven't managed to get through all my travel photos yet. hell, i spent two & a half months in the US after iceland, which was at the start of august. i'll aim to get it all edited and posted by the end of the year but we'll see how it goes. in the meantime, i've redesigned my blog layout because i was so sick of looking at the old one. this is a lot cleaner and more fresh, hopefully you'll agree. :)
the reykjanes peninsula lava fields made from jagged, solidified lava from volcanic eruptions of the past, now completely covered in a thick layer of moss that we walked over, eating berries the guide picked from a bush, the beach of lake kleifarvatn with its sand made black with volcanic ash, driving past mountains that used to be sea cliffs until they raised up when the ice that was weighing them down melted, greenhouses with little icelandic tomatoes cuddled close inside to the keep them from the cold, bright red earth and grassy mountains with fat woolly sheep perched impractically on the sides of them, the cracked, tormented earth of the seltun and gunnuhver geothermal hot springs, where clouds of sulphurous steam rise from the ground and envelope you before they’re blown away by the freezing winds, hot chocolate and a generous slice of cake in a little cafe in the fishing village of grindavik with pictures of bjork and john lennon on the wall and a piano in the corner that our guide played while we ate, swimming in the warm, milky water of the blue lagoon and applying face masks with hundreds of people in the middle of lava fields, driving past the incredible landscapes of iceland with volcanoes topped with glaciers on one side and lava blackened deserts leading to the atlantic ocean on the other, little houses with red and blue roofs taking shelter at the base of huge mountains, a boat ride through the icebergs on the lagoon of the vatnajokull glacier, the 60m skogarfoss and 65m seljalandfoss waterfalls, seeing the clouds lowering themselves over the peaks on the drive home, making friends on the tour and meeting up at midnight at the perlan just in case the northern lights showed up (they didn’t, but it was worth trying even though i had to leave for the airport at 7am).