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We woke up bright and early and embarked on an ice cave adventure (you can read about that here) before leaving Vík. From South to East, we began our journey to Höfn and stopping at Svartifoss, Skaftafell, and Jökulsárlón along the way. First stop,  Skaftafell Nature Reserve in Vatnajökull National Park! When Vatnajökull National Park was founded in the summer of 2008, the former Skaftafell National Park became part of it. There are many hiking trails but since we were on a time crunch, we only did the hike to Svartifoss. The hike (in and out) took about an hour and a half to do and please note that there are many inclines. The trail crosses through rivers and you will come across other waterfalls in the gorge. It was raining softly the entire hike but it just made everything 100 times more mystical. This is one of the most beautiful hike I have ever done and after half an hour or so, you will spot Svartifoss from away and it will slowly get closer and closer. You can get right up to it! Svartifoss, "the Black Waterfall" is one of the most incredible and glorious waterfalls in Iceland. The narrow cascade drops 20m (65 ft) from a cliff composed of surreal hexagonal black basalt columns. I have never seen a waterfall like it!

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We hiked out of Skaftafell and continued our journey east to Jökulsárlón. Also known as the Glacier Lagoon, this "tourist attraction" might be visually beautiful and magical but the story of how it came into existence is rather depressing. The lagoon didn't really exist until the 1940s when the climate started to get warmer and the lagoon has been increasing in size pretty fast since then. Roughly 11 billion tons of glacial ice melts every year due to the effects of global warming in Iceland. It breaks my heart to see this beautiful Earth slowly fading away. I feel like climate change is a topic that everyone is aware of, but not everyone is making changes in their lifestyle to lessen the problem. CLIMATE CHANGE IS SERIOUS! In about 30 years, the human civilization can crumble if we don't stop it NOW! Let's do something today to make a change!

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Iceland Day 3: Svartifoss, Skaftafell, and Jökulsárlón (Glacier Lagoon)

July 31, 2019

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We woke up bright and early and embarked on an ice cave adventure (you can read about that here) before leaving Vík. From South to East, we began our journey to Höfn and stopping at Svartifoss, Skaftafell, and Jökulsárlón along the way. First stop,  Skaftafell Nature Reserve in Vatnajökull National Park! When Vatnajökull National Park was founded in the summer of 2008, the former Skaftafell National Park became part of it. There are many hiking trails but since we were on a time crunch, we only did the hike to Svartifoss. The hike (in and out) took about an hour and a half to do and please note that there are many inclines. The trail crosses through rivers and you will come across other waterfalls in the gorge. It was raining softly the entire hike but it just made everything 100 times more mystical. This is one of the most beautiful hike I have ever done and after half an hour or so, you will spot Svartifoss from away and it will slowly get closer and closer. You can get right up to it! Svartifoss, "the Black Waterfall" is one of the most incredible and glorious waterfalls in Iceland. The narrow cascade drops 20m (65 ft) from a cliff composed of surreal hexagonal black basalt columns. I have never seen a waterfall like it!

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We hiked out of Skaftafell and continued our journey east to Jökulsárlón. Also known as the Glacier Lagoon, this "tourist attraction" might be visually beautiful and magical but the story of how it came into existence is rather depressing. The lagoon didn't really exist until the 1940s when the climate started to get warmer and the lagoon has been increasing in size pretty fast since then. Roughly 11 billion tons of glacial ice melts every year due to the effects of global warming in Iceland. It breaks my heart to see this beautiful Earth slowly fading away. I feel like climate change is a topic that everyone is aware of, but not everyone is making changes in their lifestyle to lessen the problem. CLIMATE CHANGE IS SERIOUS! In about 30 years, the human civilization can crumble if we don't stop it NOW! Let's do something today to make a change!

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Hotel Kría... Where do I even begin? I was looking forward to staying there the moment I received confirmation. Located in Vík in South Iceland, Hotel Kría truly is the best of both worlds, the world of natural beauty combined with the world of modern decor and amenities. We were so lucky to have the best room on the property, facing the mountains with cornered windows and a little patio. After a long day of traveling and exploring (read about our Day 2 traveling from Reykjavík to Vík here), I seriously never wanted to leave! Breakfast was amazing as well, there was a wide selection to choose from, and again... the view! Hotel Kría, thank you so much for hosting us and we can't wait to be back!

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Hotel Kría, Vík, Iceland

July 24, 2019

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Hotel Kría... Where do I even begin? I was looking forward to staying there the moment I received confirmation. Located in Vík in South Iceland, Hotel Kría truly is the best of both worlds, the world of natural beauty combined with the world of modern decor and amenities. We were so lucky to have the best room on the property, facing the mountains with cornered windows and a little patio. After a long day of traveling and exploring (read about our Day 2 traveling from Reykjavík to Vík here), I seriously never wanted to leave! Breakfast was amazing as well, there was a wide selection to choose from, and again... the view! Hotel Kría, thank you so much for hosting us and we can't wait to be back!

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We left Reykjavík bright and early and began our journey to South Iceland. The most amazing thing about Iceland is that all the different regions have very different terrains and our drive from Reykjavík to Vík went from green to black, literally. Seljalandsfoss was our first stop. Part of the river Seljalandsá, Seljalandsfoss has its origins underneath the glacier Eyjafjallajökull and has a drop of 60 metres (200 ft). The most unique feature of this fall, however, is the pathway that stretches all the way around it. The cliffs behind the falls have a wide cavern, and rocks and paths allow visitors to fully encircle it. Note that you will get wet! But it's totally worth it! We decided to walk along the path to dry off a bit and stumbled upon a hidden gem known as Gljúfrabúi. It is a waterfall inside a canyon and you can access it by traversing over water. It is so so so cool because water plummets into a small pool from above. Haha so much for drying off!

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Next up... Skógafoss! This is one of my favorite falls in Iceland because it is quite majestic. It's wide (over 80 ft) and you can get up close to it, not to mention one of my favorite photos of me in Iceland is one taken at Skógafoss. The white of the fall against the black of the rocks, with a rainbow. Like seriously?!!! There are also stairs where you can hike up and admire the fall and the view from above.

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We passed by Sólheimasandur (the infamous plane wreck site) on our way down to Vík but decided skip it because the walk to the actual plane wreck takes two hours and we wanted to make it down to Reynisfjara (black sand beach) to see the basalt columns before high tide. I did tons of research prior traveling to Iceland, I wanted to make sure everything is planned accordingly so that we don't waste any time. I also made notes of anything that I need to be aware of, one of which is the sneaker wave at Reynisfjara. These waves are extremely dangerous and there have been many fatal incidents in the past. If you want to be able to reach the basalt columns, then the best and safest time to go is at low tide.

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When we arrived, we made sure that the waves were far away and that we were safe. Then we enjoyed this natural wonder... Wow I have never seen anything like this in my life. How is this real? How do these columns even form? Omg Game of Thrones was filmed here! Omg dragon glass! This cave! This sand! I was in awe. We sat on the beach til it got dark as Reynisdrangar and Dyrhólaey slowly faded away in the background.

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Iceland Day 2: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, and Vík (Reynisfjara, Reynisdrangar, Dyrhólaey)

July 18, 2019

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We left Reykjavík bright and early and began our journey to South Iceland. The most amazing thing about Iceland is that all the different regions have very different terrains and our drive from Reykjavík to Vík went from green to black, literally. Seljalandsfoss was our first stop. Part of the river Seljalandsá, Seljalandsfoss has its origins underneath the glacier Eyjafjallajökull and has a drop of 60 metres (200 ft). The most unique feature of this fall, however, is the pathway that stretches all the way around it. The cliffs behind the falls have a wide cavern, and rocks and paths allow visitors to fully encircle it. Note that you will get wet! But it's totally worth it! We decided to walk along the path to dry off a bit and stumbled upon a hidden gem known as Gljúfrabúi. It is a waterfall inside a canyon and you can access it by traversing over water. It is so so so cool because water plummets into a small pool from above. Haha so much for drying off!

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Next up... Skógafoss! This is one of my favorite falls in Iceland because it is quite majestic. It's wide (over 80 ft) and you can get up close to it, not to mention one of my favorite photos of me in Iceland is one taken at Skógafoss. The white of the fall against the black of the rocks, with a rainbow. Like seriously?!!! There are also stairs where you can hike up and admire the fall and the view from above.

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We passed by Sólheimasandur (the infamous plane wreck site) on our way down to Vík but decided skip it because the walk to the actual plane wreck takes two hours and we wanted to make it down to Reynisfjara (black sand beach) to see the basalt columns before high tide. I did tons of research prior traveling to Iceland, I wanted to make sure everything is planned accordingly so that we don't waste any time. I also made notes of anything that I need to be aware of, one of which is the sneaker wave at Reynisfjara. These waves are extremely dangerous and there have been many fatal incidents in the past. If you want to be able to reach the basalt columns, then the best and safest time to go is at low tide.

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When we arrived, we made sure that the waves were far away and that we were safe. Then we enjoyed this natural wonder... Wow I have never seen anything like this in my life. How is this real? How do these columns even form? Omg Game of Thrones was filmed here! Omg dragon glass! This cave! This sand! I was in awe. We sat on the beach til it got dark as Reynisdrangar and Dyrhólaey slowly faded away in the background.

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