Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
My family and I just got back from an Awesome Adventure in Iceland!
For me, it was a dream come true! When we told people where we were going, most looked at us like we were crazy and asked "why Iceland?" My reply was "Why not?!?!" There are so many reasons to travel to Iceland…here are just a few: Northern Lights, waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, hot springs! A glimpse of the Northern Lights was top on my list!
When we arrived (after a two hour nap) we explored downtown Reykjavik. It was full of cute little shops, colorful houses and rooftops, and friendly people. Our real adventure began the following day when we walked across a glacier, crampons and all! The landscape was beautiful--white and blue ice set against black lava mountains and a wide open sky.
That night, we were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights! It was AMAZING-- a true gift and miracle of nature…definitely a dream come true! They first appeared as milky white wisps. Then they turned green and started dancing around the sky--twisting, turning, swirling, fading, reappearing--growing more intense and colorful. We watched in awe for over an hour before boarding the bus back to the hotel. The beautiful aurora borealis display lasted another couple hours and we were able to watch from the road. The lights were apparently so spectacular that night, that they were visible in downtown Reykjavik. We saw one last wisp as we arrived at our hotel after midnight. Definitely a night to treasure!
The next day we were up early for a full day with our friends from Finland who flew out to meet us!
We rode Icelandic horses through a lava field in the morning and relaxed in the Blue Lagoon all afternoon! Another out of this world experience!
More sightseeing in Reykjavik (The Pearl, the geothermal beach, etc) before heading to the airport. I would definitely recommend Iceland as a travel destination for nature and adventure lovers. I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Thanks to all the great people at REI who bared with me while I tried on almost every pair of women's hiking boots in the store! I have already started some new artwork based on my adventures!