All of the cold weather Toronto is currently experiencing (hello polar vortex!) has reminded me of the last time I was well and truly frozen: the day I walked on a glacier in Iceland.
Mýrdalsjökull (say that 10x fast!) was one of the stops that the South Shore Adventure tour made on a day-long journey around that part of the country. This photo is not in black and white: this is exactly how it looked that day! It was very rainy and it seemed as though the clouds came right down to the earth. The black that you see is actually ash from when the somewhat nearby Eyjafjallajökull erupted the previous year.
It’s been well over six months since I visited Iceland, and I realize now that I’ve waited to long to recount my time there. As I was only in the country for a few days, I didn’t really have a chance to become familiar with where I was going or what I was seeing. The trip was a stopover on the way home to Toronto from London, and so I tried to cram as much in as possible. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas!
Being a solo traveller, tours like these are an invaluable way to get out and see an unfamiliar country. While I would much have preferred to rent a car and travel about with friends on my own, that wasn’t an option on this trip. In addition to this day-long tour, I also took the Golden Circle tour that everyone who passes through Iceland takes. These photos are my favourite from the South Shore Adventure trip that I took with Reykjavik Excursions on my third day.
When I thought about what Reykjavik would be like, I pictured quaint and colourful clapboard houses and stores. I definitely didn’t think that was covered in wall murals, friendly monsters and robots! The morning I left to come home, I wandered around downtown taking pictures, getting so lost in time that I almost missed my shuttlebus to the airport!
The very first day I spent in Iceland, I went on Rekyavik Excursion’s Golden Circle day trip. Offered by several tour companies, this is the trip that every visitor to Iceland takes, and for good reason. After being picked up at your hotel, you are bused about to see waterfalls, geysir, and to this place, Þingvellir, the part of the land that is slowly, and literally, tearing the country in two.