Iceland – South Iceland including the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the Blue Lagoon and the Northern Lights
If you’ve caught yesterday’s post already then you probably know that I went to Iceland last month, a bucket list destination for me. Today I will be sharing part two of our little adventure continuing in a diary style, and of course, include a tonne more photos.
On our third day, it was actually Luke’s 26th birthday and also the longest day of our trip, but an amazing day. We were picked up at about 7am to start a 14-hour adventure visiting some of the South of Iceland. We might have been tired but Luke chose the order of our itinerary so you know, and hey, it was worth it.
After being picked up we headed to our first stop, Skogafoss waterfall, a beautiful and powerful waterfall about two hours from Reykjavik. As you edged closer to the waterfall you could literally feel the spray of the waterfall, and there are steps so you can climb to the top and see the waterfall from the top too.
We then got back on the coach and headed towards probably the most exciting part of our entire holiday, towards the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. As we headed closer we could see ice-capped mountains, we didn’t get to stop but they honestly still looked insane, you could kind of tell and feel that we were getting towards the glacier lagoon too.
And then we were there!! When I first caught sight of the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon my jaw just completely dropped as it is probably one of the most stunning sights I have ever seen.
It is the largest and deepest glacier lagoon in Iceland, filled with icebergs floating around, and just spectacular. I couldn’t believe how blue some of the ice was either!
We were there for a little while so as we also had in our mind that we wanted to visit the Diamond Beach, a black sand beach a short walk away from the lagoon known for ice chunks that glisten in the light, kind of like a diamond. The tide was in when we visited but it was still incredible, with random pieces of ice just sitting on the black sand.
It was then time to head back towards Reykjavik, but we stopped off to see one last waterfall – Seljalandsfoss waterfall. My photos aren’t the greatest as it was pitch black and I had no flash but this was incredible, it’s a waterfall you can literally walk behind and watch the water falling from above. We got soaked but it was so worth it, and another thing that is like nothing I’ve ever seen before!!
After we got back we headed out for a birthday meal to celebrate Luke’s birthday. There wasn’t a lot of choice of places that were still open but we found a hidden pizza place, that sounded incredible from Trip Advisor reviews, but it wasn’t unfortunately. The decoration was really cool though.
On our fourth day, our last full day in Iceland, we had a bit of a lay-in before taking a trip to the Blue Lagoon. I’d heard so much about the Blue Lagoon, and it didn’t disappoint at all. It was soooo relaxing and simply amazing. I loved that they had a bar in the water itself so we both had a drink, I had an amazing strawberry rosé and Luke had a cider.
We also made use of the sauna and face masks available that left my face feeling so soft! I’d have happily taken a trip here every day of our trip if we could! It was like a literal outdoor super warm spa.
After our trip to the Blue Lagoon we headed out on our final excursion, in an attempt to see the Northern Lights one last time. Amazingly we did see them, very faintly so it wasn’t quite as impressive but it’s still amazing to say that we’ve seen the Northern Lights. I’d love to try and see them again, a bit brighter another time.
On our final day, we had a half day before we had to catch our flight, so we spent some more time exploring, having a coffee and hot chocolate, and tracking down a Christmas shop to find a Christmas bauble for our tree.
And that was sadly the end of our trip for Luke’s birthday, an incredible and breathtaking holiday to Iceland. It was an absolutely amazing experience and one that I’m never going to forget. I would have loved a few more days in Iceland to explore at a slower pace but we got to see all the things we wanted too in a short period of time which was incredible.
If I had to choose a favourite part of my trip it would definitely be the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, I fell in love with the scenery there. It’s definitely a place I recommend visiting if you ever visit Iceland, and of course, the Diamond Beach, two stunning places that I haven’t heard mentioned much.
Have you ever been to Iceland or want to go? Do you have a favourite part of our holiday?