From all the places I´ve been to, there was one full of walks with nature and unique experiences. And here is the funniest thing – at the same time, it was the most uncomfortable trip I´ve ever had. Cold wind, freezing weather, eternal rain, lack of fresh fruits&vegetables, little sleep and lots of driving, overpriced hotels and rare moments of sun. Nothing was good and yet everything was perfect…
So despite all, I can´t stop scrolling up and down every time I see my own pictures from Iceland, blinded by its natural wonders. Every time I open the folder “Iceland” on my computer, I feel like I´m living this travel story all over again – having another photographic journey to the “Land of Ice and Fire”.
So, I thought of the most special and unique moments I had during this trip and what they have taught me. Here you have my 7 personal conclusions: 7 Lessons I learned in Iceland.
And let´s be honest, when you stop and look around – this world is pretty amazing…
The most beautiful and eye-catching symmetry is the symmetry of nature
The sun shines not on us but in us: no matter how bad the day looks, there is always something good in every day
Icelandic weather is a huge contrast when you live in Spain. That day was not an exception! It was raining since we woke up (around 7 a.m) and raindrops on my window was the last thing I saw at night before I fell asleep. It was so hard to drive, do the sightseeing and take pictures… Nevertheless, we had quite a plan for one week in Iceland and no time to lose. Somehow, by the time we arrived at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, one of the places I wanted to see the most, the sun unexpectedly came out for 30 min, making the glaciers shine bright like diamonds. One of the most beautiful moments of our trip happened during our worst day in Iceland. And going back to it now, I can´t even say it was “the worst day”, I remember only the shades of blue and the melting glaciers.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Skaftafell National Park
Living in harmony with nature is possible
Always in groups of 3 – the mystery of Icelandic sheep 😉 But what impressed me the most was the fact how free they were. While in the most parts of the world animals live closed up with a unique goal to serve human needs – in Iceland, you understand that there are still places left where animals, humans, and nature all co-exist in harmony…
Skógafoss Waterfall/Being a sheep is Iceland is a risky business after all
The black&white world is more beautiful as we might expect
Iceland might not be worldwide famous for its paradise beaches. With +10°C in August, you won´t be soaking in warm waters or floating under the cloudless sky. But believe me, in Iceland it really doesn´t matter!
How about some wild and dramatic beauty?! One of the best beaches in Iceland, Reynisfjara should be your ultimate stop in the search for some black&white magic.
If I´m completely honest with you here, I was skeptical about it at the start. Especially after visiting the black-sand beaches of Hawaii and the Canary Islands, I felt like nothing could surprise me at this point. But once I saw Reynisfjara – I simply couldn´t get enough… White waters of Atlantic provide some major backdrop for the volcanic rock formations surrounded by the inky sands. And those powerful tidal waves!
No wonder Reynisfjara is often listed between the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the whole world. Seriously, could a black&while world be that beautiful?!
There is no rainbow without rain
Another rainy day and a beautiful rainbow spotted at Dettifoss Waterfall. The photo looks like a drawing, don´t you think so?!
P.s. couldn´t properly brush my hair for a week lol
Lesson #6 This world is full of places that are completely out of this world
Namafjall Hverir Mud Pots
Icelandic sunsets prove endings could be beautiful too…
I love reading your comments and thoughts.
What do you think of my 7 lessons, would you add something to the list?
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