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Iceland

2017

Iceland.... the land with extraordinary nature, friendly wildlife, lack of mosquitos, and endless waterfalls. Oh and the place they filmed Game of Thrones. What was at some point a scary, spontaneous, (and expensive) trip turned out to be an unforgettable adventure! I still remember when Krystal and I were on our lunch break, looking up destinations for an upcoming 4 day long weekend, one being Arizona, a place that cancelled their flights at the time because their airplanes were melting, +45 degree heat and all.

This post will probably be longer than the others since I had trouble choosing best pictures out of the 1000s we took, and there's so much to say about our experience!

Firstly, if you're flying WOW airlines, don't forget your tablet, with preloaded movies, because the next 6 hours is going to be pretty boring while you stare at the back of someone's seat. Secondly, we went to Iceland in July, which I think was the perfect time to go: it doesn't get dark, which means you can drive the whole day and night (exactly what we did!),  it's the warmest it can get, which isn't warm at all, so don't forget some sweaters and rain jackets (very important if you're planning on visiting waterfalls). 

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Since we were planning on driving a lot and not really focusing on the capital, Reykjavik, we stayed in a little town called Selfoss. We ended up renting a 4 wheel drive from the airport's Geysir car rental company, they were very helpful and explained the little things we might've missed when looking for local driving precautions. Did you know you always had to be on a look out for sheep? Oh yeah, another amazing thing about Iceland- animals like horse and sheep just roam around like they own the place, we're actually still confused whether they belonged to any nearby farmers because most of the time we drove around with no other humans in sight. 

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Iceland is a place where you randomly stumble upon wild horses in a field full of blooming purple flowers with mountains in the background. It's also a place where you walk on Mars-like black land with nothing in sight, for 40 minutes, and come across an abandoned airplane. 

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Throughout the short 4 days that we were there, we've seen so many sights that it feels like we were there for weeks. We saw puffins (did you know they're tiny?!), endless golden hour, volcanic beaches, camps set up right in front of waterfalls. I forgot to mention that we also rented a drone, which was an experience on its own since neither of us knew how to operate one. We nearly landed it in the water canyon, while also doing some lawn mowing for the purple flower fields I've mentioned earlier. 

At the end of the day, it's hard to show Iceland through pictures and even video (however, you should definitely check mine out here :)) One other important thing to mention is that food is REALLY expensive there. I don't mean the "I'm on vacation, so I'll just splurge" kind of expensive. I mean the "$25 appetizer soup, and $60 for a main dish" type.  These prices also exist at the gas stations, so don't even think that you're off the hook! I'm pretty sure we survived by eating hot dogs and crappy sandwiches. You've been warned!

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Special thank you to this girl, who put up with my chocolate cravings, no sleep-hyperness, 24/7 photo sessions, and who was an amazing travel buddy:

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