Reykjavik Excursions is one of the most popular day tour companies for tourists. When my mom visited, we decided to take their South Shore Adventure tour. After driving through some terrible snowstorms and doing a 180 on I-25 in Colorado this winter, I was glad I was not the one driving on the icy, snow-covered roads out of Reykjavik!
The first stop allowed us to hike around a glacier.
We drove past lava fields, waterfalls, glaciers, and even Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that erupted in 2010 and caused travel delays all over Europe. The tour guide said that he'd met two married couples who met at airports waiting out the eruption and later decided to travel to Iceland to see the volcano that brought them together!
Also, yes, I can pronounce, "Eyjafjallajökull." Some of my skaters like to ask me to pronounce it for them, so I have lots of practice! If it helps just try saying, "I forgot my yogurt" with an Irish accent. You'll probably pronounce it semi-accurately.
We drove as far as Vik, as gorgeous little town with black sand beaches. I also briefly visited here on my trip to Iceland a year ago.
We also stopped at Skógafoss waterfall, which is obviously a gorgeous place.
Afterwards, we stopped at Skógar Folk Museum, which details how Icelanders lived from settlement into the twentieth century. Icelanders lived with Medieval technology for 1,000 years and only into the twentieth century did they have the ability modernize. The country modernized in thirty years, so they certainly didn't waste any time!
The last stop of the day was Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
It was nice to re-visit a lot of the sites I saw as a tourist a year ago. Now that I've lived in Iceland for a month, I don't think of myself as a tourist, but I'm not a local yet either. I'm definitely still a stranger in a strange land! I hope you like the new changes on my blog. I've also updated the "about me" page.
Hi, I’m Crystal! I love to travel and am currently a graduate student in Scotland. You’ll get all the best tips and insights from my experiences as a former ice-skating coach in Iceland and former study abroad student. Of the 27 countries I have visited, a type 1 diabetes diagnosis has been the strangest land yet. Type 1 has not slowed down my travels and you'll learn how to take type 1 with you on the road! You can connect with me further on Instagram @CrystalChilcott, or send me ideas of where I should travel next via email: firstname.lastname@example.orgHappy Travels, Crystal
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