Sometimes it is not about going somewhere new. Sometimes it is about returning. In a different season. With someone new. With a different perspective. Upside-down. But no matter the change we choose, the greatest experience is to allow ourselves to be changed.
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My third trip to Iceland began in the same direction as the first - south towards Vik. But this trip was in the best of company and in the opposite season as before. Angel and I embraced Iceland in winter. Contrary to what you may think. Iceland is not that hot in the summer and not that cold in the winter. The wind, however, will cut right through you. In any season, never leave your car door open when you step outside to take photos. And get the extra car insurance for gravel and ash. You will be glad you did. Ring road is in excellent condition, but make a right to explore and you will be off the pavement quite quickly.
On day two, we traveled to our furthest point - Jökulsárlón. In winter, the sunrise is late, but the glacier lagoon had more blue than the sky on our visit. We buried some Grey Goose in the snow by our parked car and took a stroll on Diamond Beach, where chunks of ice dotted the black sand.
On our drive back, we took a detour. We wanted to get closer to the glacier. Our ice safari - er, expedition - led us straight to an access point to walk on ice.
We ended the night at a community pool, ensuring we showered before entering the thermal, chemical-free, lap pool and hot tubs.
We awoke the next morning to visit with the horses belonging to our Airbnb host. Then it was off to the site of the airplane crash. The best part of this story was learning that everyone survived the 1970s plane crash.
For lunch, we ate like the locals. Then, had seconds (or fourths, since we had already devoured two each). Order your hot dogs, made mostly with lamb, plus some pork and beef, with all the toppings.
And though the days were short, we moved no faster, pausing to pet the horses.
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Here's the playlist from our roadtrip!
Christine & Angel
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