Iceland: Water, Water, Everywhere

Thanks to Eyjafjallajökull, it is now common knowledge that Iceland is laden with volcanoes. The second thing that in abundance is less obvious: water. The country is an island after all. Given its combination of unique geographical gifts (perched on a hotspot, on top of the American and Eurasian continental plates, way way up in the North), Iceland can be quite a hotbed of earth-porn, so to speak.

Solid

The glacial lake of Jökulsárlón
The glistening Jökulsárlón

For a girl who grew up tropically-oriented, to be lost in a Land of Ice is nothing short of magical.

After spending three days of hiking on volcanoes and valleys buried under glaciers, I still couldn’t get enough. I hopped onto a bus headed for the lovely South Coast, and after a very long drive, finally reached the otherworldly glacial lake of Jökulsárlón.

If you want to weave in and out of the icebergs, boat tours are offered on-site, and are often arranged by bus tour operators. It is possible for slots to run out on trips, so if you made the long journey for this all-important boat ride, then make sure to book ahead, or to have your tour operator book it ahead for you.
If you want to weave in and out of the icebergs, boat tours are offered on-site, and are often arranged by bus tour operators. It is possible for slots to run out on trips, so if you made the long journey for this all-important boat ride, then make sure to book ahead, or to have your tour operator book it ahead for you.
If you're looking for something a little more solid than floating icebergs, then hiking on glaciers is something you can do all year round in Iceland.
If you’re looking for something a little more solid than floating icebergs, then hiking on glaciers is something you can do all year round in Iceland.

Liquid

Surrender to paradise.
Surrender to paradise.

I’m a big waterfall fan — I love to jump off them, wade in them, or simply gape at them if the first two options are just a bit too tricky. I could probably make a whole bucket list of waterfalls that I’d love to see. Thanks to the glacial melt, Iceland is studded with these magnificent beauties.

The view from behind Seljalandsfoss
The view from behind Seljalandsfoss
The midnight sun casts a rainbow at Skógafoss.
The midnight sun casts a rainbow at Skógafoss.
Free spirit at Faxafoss
Free spirit at Faxafoss
For the mighty Gulfoss, it's go big or go home.
For the mighty Gulfoss, it’s go big or go home.
If you're in the mood for something a little more dark and brooding than waterfalls, then the Black Sand Beach located in the town of Vík obliges with its dramatic vista.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more dark and brooding than waterfalls, then the Black Sand Beach located in the town of Vík obliges with its dramatic vista.

Gas

Blue Lagoon

And of course — the Blue Lagoon is often one of the first landmarks that come to people’s mind when thinking of Iceland. All the volatile geologic activity may lend to a tougher pace of life for the locals, but it did bring everyone the gift of geothermal hot pools. Here, you can immerse yourself in a sultry bath, and feel both the warm steam and frosty wind graze against your face — the feeling is priceless.

On our first day in Iceland, we went for a buzzer-beater visit to the lagoon near to its closing hours. It turned out to be a fortuitous turn of events, as we had the whole lagoon almost all to ourselves!
On our first day in Iceland, we went for a buzzer-beater visit to the lagoon near to its closing hours. It turned out to be a fortuitous turn of events, as we had the whole lagoon almost all to ourselves!
Photo bonus: the midnight sun just grazing the horizon at midnight, only to come up again a few moments later. All the more time to explore the wonders of oh-so-gorgeous Iceland.
Photo bonus: the midnight sun just grazing the horizon at 12 am, only to come up again a few moments later. All the more time to explore the wonders of oh-so-gorgeous Iceland.
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