Iceland by Rover \\ Exploring Southern Iceland

Iceland by Rover Travlogue Blog Header It’s taken us since September to finally sit down and edit our Iceland images…and I think you’ll see why! We packed an incredible amount into 5 days, (including the lovely day-after session of Julie + Shane) and took thousands upon thousands of photos during our time there! I’m not exaggerating at all when I say this was hands-down one of the best weeks of my life. Iceland is a magical place full of elves and fairies and people who believe in both – seriously. The landscapes there were so breathtaking and the people were so friendly and welcoming! There were 4 hours hikes while getting poured rain on, thundering waterfalls with singing birds circling around, vast open plains with golden sunsets, the ice-filled glacier lagoon with its blue, purple and golden hues, countless rainbows, a ridiculous amount of Icelandic hot dogs eaten, about 25 hours of sleep during the entire week (maybe…that’s generous!) and lots of quality time spent with Bertha, our Land Rover! We used the hashtag #icelandbyrover to document our trip on instagram, if you feel like checking that out too! All photos in this post are a mixture of Tim, myself, Olivia and Julie’s photos!  IcelandbyRover1032 IcelandbyRover1030 IcelandbyRover1034 IcelandbyRover0020 Our first airbnb in Reykjavik, a converted church house! (with a mini toilet.) IcelandbyRover0016 IcelandbyRover0015 IcelandbyRover0021 IcelandbyRover0002 IcelandbyRover0004 IcelandbyRover0042 IcelandbyRover0076 IcelandbyRover0079 IcelandbyRover0082 IcelandbyRover0064 IcelandbyRover0057

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IcelandbyRover-iPhone158 IcelandbyRover-iPhone159 A natural hot spring with a man-made pool to contain it! IcelandbyRover-iPhone167 IcelandbyRover0358 IcelandbyRover0365 IcelandbyRover0370 IcelandbyRover-iPhone155 IcelandbyRover-iPhone264 IcelandbyRover0371 This is our little airbnb in Vik! We adored Vik….such a quaint little town with epic mountains, black sand beaches and the best wood-fired pizza and hot chocolate we’ve ever had (maybe it was because we were just ravenous from hiking!)
IcelandbyRover-iPhone174 IcelandbyRover-iPhone172 IcelandbyRover0798 IcelandbyRover0787 IcelandbyRover0785 Breakfast on the beach! IcelandbyRover0783 IcelandbyRover0782 IcelandbyRover-iPhone178 One of our favorite meals on the trip — meat soup + crusty bread from a gas station. Yep, the gas stations are also restaurants! Can’t beat the view, either! IcelandbyRover-iPhone179 IcelandbyRover-iPhone188 We found the plane pretty easily – there’s been some kind travelers who have posted GPS coordinates and general directions (“find the rusty farmer’s gate about 2 km past the waterfall on your left and follow two miles towards the water”…real specific directions, haha) and it was awesome.  IcelandbyRover0396 IcelandbyRover0397 IcelandbyRover0403 IcelandbyRover0413 IcelandbyRover0417 IcelandbyRover0427 IcelandbyRover0437 IcelandbyRover0446 IcelandbyRover0450 IcelandbyRover0453 IcelandbyRover0458 IcelandbyRover0463 IcelandbyRover0475 IcelandbyRover0479 IcelandbyRover0491 IcelandbyRover0498 IcelandbyRover0506 j IcelandbyRover-iPhone265 IcelandbyRover0508 IcelandbyRover0510 IcelandbyRover-iPhone190 IcelandbyRover0513 IcelandbyRover0514 IcelandbyRover0516 IcelandbyRover0528 IcelandbyRover0531 IcelandbyRover0532 IcelandbyRover0537 IcelandbyRover0556 IcelandbyRover0558 IcelandbyRover0562 IcelandbyRover0564 IcelandbyRover0568 IcelandbyRover0569 IcelandbyRover0573 IcelandbyRover0575 IcelandbyRover0578 IcelandbyRover0581 IcelandbyRover0585 IcelandbyRover0586 IcelandbyRover0593 IcelandbyRover0596 IcelandbyRover0597 IcelandbyRover0601 Svartifoss was a really cool black rock waterfall on the way to the glacier lagoon. Unlike our first day, this was an easy 30 min hike and while it rained part of the hike, the sun came out beautifully too!  IcelandbyRover0603 IcelandbyRover0605 IcelandbyRover0629 IcelandbyRover-iPhone204 IcelandbyRover-iPhone203 IcelandbyRover0633 IcelandbyRover0643 Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon! We timed it to arrive at sunset and it was glorious. And FREEZING. Like, 80 mph winds and 30 degrees cold!  IcelandbyRover0650 IcelandbyRover0651 IcelandbyRover0653 IcelandbyRover0658 IcelandbyRover0670 IcelandbyRover0673 IcelandbyRover0677 IcelandbyRover0693 IcelandbyRover0703 IcelandbyRover0706 IcelandbyRover0716 IcelandbyRover0719 IcelandbyRover0721 IcelandbyRover0723 IcelandbyRover0741 IcelandbyRover0752 IcelandbyRover0760 IcelandbyRover0764 IcelandbyRover0765 IcelandbyRover0766 IcelandbyRover0770 IcelandbyRover0774 IcelandbyRover0776 IcelandbyRover0780 IcelandbyRover0816 Skogafoss was one of our favorite waterfalls! It was so spectacular in person.
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  • Emily BrensingMarch 27, 2015 - 5:49 pm

    This is a wonderful story documented so beautifully! Absolutely incredible!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa HackmanMarch 27, 2015 - 5:59 pm

    OH.MY.GRACIOUS.THESE.PHOTOS!!! I just went through them and realized that I had been holding my breath as I paged through them – each is more breathtaking than the other!! Absolutely fabulous! I so want these photos scrolling through on that digital frame that Julie and Shane gave me for Christmas! God has truly gifted you – but how amazing that you have this photographic journal of your special trip! Looking forward to the Thailand travelogue version. Thanks for sharing! WOW!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer LynnMarch 27, 2015 - 6:08 pm

    Incredible! Your travel photos are such an inspiration! Can’t wait to go there myself 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer BallardMarch 27, 2015 - 7:35 pm

    Amazing! Wonderful images! I spent 23 hours in Iceland a few years back. Loved every moment!ReplyCancel

  • Maria MacIntyreMarch 27, 2015 - 7:58 pm

    Beautiful! really enjoyed this piece.ReplyCancel

  • Janet MurphyMarch 28, 2015 - 1:31 am

    Breath taking photos.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn MacrinaApril 2, 2015 - 1:29 am

    I love following you on fb and instagram! Your work is so amazing and I am just a little jealous of all the fun places you get to go. Hope we get to work together soon!ReplyCancel

  • AgaApril 7, 2015 - 12:28 pm

    Wow Lauren! This looks like a dream trip! So many amazing photos.ReplyCancel

  • Yolande De VriesApril 9, 2015 - 11:16 am

    Bookmarking your post right now – Iceland is on my list for this year and now I have gorgeous visuals for planning my trip. Great images!ReplyCancel

  • Clare Tam-ImApril 9, 2015 - 9:13 pm

    So many amazing photos. What a gorgeous place!! No wonder it took you so long to go through them!ReplyCancel

  • Martina - PhotostoriesApril 15, 2015 - 11:57 am

    Looks absolutely stunning (and fun!) and made me want to visit iceland even more ♥ReplyCancel

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