Iceland Day Six | Dettifoss & Selfoss

Friday, 28 October 2016

Day six in Iceland was very cool. And if you're wondering where Day Five went, DON'T PANIC! We relaxed all day so there wasn't any pictures to show you all, so, day five never existed...

As always, we started the morning bright and early as we checked out of our hotel and moved onto our next little home for the remainder of our journey. We were driving to Reykjavik, and this took a long time, but thankfully we broke down our journey but stopping off at some INCREDIBLE places! It was quite dismal weather all day, but this did make for some awesome pictures of mountain fog!

Dettifoss was a spectacular waterfall! And what made it ever more spectacular was that this is the waterfall they used for the opening sequence for Ridley Scott's film, Prometheus!!!!! I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT! I'm a huge sci-fi fan AND a huge Ridley Scott fan, so when I found this out I didn't want to leave! You can really see why filmmakers use Iceland for alien worlds, as it really does look and feel like you're on a different planet! The landscape is so vast and isolated that it's a perfect setting for another world.

Dettifoss waterfall


Sitting atop Selfoss!

So, day six involved visits to alien worlds and, again, many waterfalls! I think my favourite part from day six was being able to climb everywhere on Selfoss! You were literally able to go right on the edge; you could probably jump off if you wanted to, but I don't think that would be very wise. It was so nice to see a waterfall in a way not many people at home would.

I hope you've enjoyed the Day Six Iceland diary! 

Love, K :)

Pumpkin Picking

Thursday, 27 October 2016

I have never been pumpkin picking before, so when I saw that  friend of mine went and picked her own pumpkins, I knew I just had to go too! My sister, myself and my Mum all went to our local farm and luckily they had a 'Pick Your Own' pumpkin patch.

Me holding a pumpkin

They had LOADS of pumpkins to choose from, and there were quite a few families there too. We picked up our basket and started our hunt for our pumpkins. It was so much fun to walk through the fields and to get the chance to pick our own pumpkin, and also help out our local community by buying from a local farm! I'm definitely going to be buying from my local farm shop more often as they had an amazing range of fresh goodies in the shop.

After finding our pumpkins (I bought a medium sized one and two little ones) we bought them back into the farm shop to pay for them. Hopefully once Halloween is over, I'll make the leftover pumpkins into a soup or maybe make pumpkin pie! I'll have to have a search around on the internet fr a good recipe or two; and when I do I'll sure to post what I've made on here!

It was so much fun and I really recommend pumpkin picking to anyone and everyone! It's so much more fun then going to a supermarket and picking one from there, and plus, you're helping out your local farmers when you buy their produce! It might not be too late to pick your own pumpkins; have a little look around your local area and local farm shops to see if they've got any pumpkin patches or signs for pumpkin picking, I'm sure there are still some pumpkins waiting to be picked!

Maybe we'll all go strawberry picking in the Summer!

Love, K :)

Mindfulness & Headspace

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

So, the weekend was a really bad time for me, and it got me thinking about being mindful. Let's just say I had some sort of 'mini-breakdown' and started feeling all of these feelings that I somehow managed to suppress for a while, but suddenly they all came tumbling back all at once.

Anyway the point is, after I managed to calm down after this 'breakdown', my head seemed a lot clearer and I felt this overwhelming need to do better. I don't know if it was just the sudden outlet of emotions that made me do this, or if it was my 'I'm not gonna take no shit any-more' attitude after said 'breakdown'.

So, after the 'breakdown', I sat crossed legged on my bedroom floor and meditated. Not like the 'thumb-and-fingertips-touching-ooommm' kind of meditating; I just sat, in peace and ran through the day in my head. A sort of internal discussion with myself. I started with the things I'd done in the morning, what things I was proud of that I'd done, then moved on throughout the day. Then I talked internally about what things might have triggered my 'breakdown' and what it made me feel and why I felt that way.

I never have been good at actually saying out loud how I feel, so I find by saying them internally helps a lot, and helps me find out more about myself and how my mind works. Then, I asked myself what I would like to achieve tomorrow; what would I like to do, what would my plans be. I decided that I would like to wake up early, as they say 'the early bird catches the worm'. Then I decided that as soon as I woke up, I should do some yoga and then get on with the rest of my morning routine.

And so, after that internal discussion, I took my make-up of, drank some water and went to sleep.

So, the next day I woke up early, did some yoga and meditated for five minutes. I found that although waking up early was a struggle for me, it allowed me to make the most of my day and feel like I was achieving more. Yoga makes me feel great, and so doing this first thing in the morning was great as it allowed me to wake up my body slowly and stretch all of those muscles that I've been resting the night before. Meditating first thing in the morning helps me focus my mind for the day. I allows me to see what I want to achieve, what plans I've got, allows me to structure my day and and feel like I've got a plan.

As soon as I got back home from work at about 5pm, I took my dog out for a walk. I have to say, I don't normally take my dog out for a walk, normally it's my Sister or my Mum, so it was nice to take him out as he loves going on walks. 

I know that one of my favourite places in the world are wooded areas/forests, but unfortunately all we have where I live is a seaside nature reserve, so I decided to walk through there to clear my head for the day. I decided to take my camera with me as well, as I love taking pictures and Autumn is such a beautiful time of the year!

I've found that taking mindful walks really helps with clearing my head and helps boost my overall mood, Although I always find the motivation for it a bit lacking, I always know I feel better afterwards.

So I guess what I'm trying to say here, is that we should all be a little bit more mindful; take time in our day for ourselves and figure out what makes us tick, what our needs and desires are for the day. I also find that a bit of planning and some sort of schedule or routine helps if you're feeling a bit lost at times;  know it helps for me.

So here are some pictures that hopefully will inspire you to take a mindful walk, or maybe make you think about your day and what you want to achieve for tomorrow.

Stay brave, 

Love, K :)

Iceland Day Four | Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Dyrhólaey & Jökulsárlón

Friday, 21 October 2016

Day four of our trip in Iceland saw us leave our amazing Airbnb and prompted us to travel to some great sights including Skogafoss and Jokulsarlon! 

We all had a hearty breakfast of scrambled egg, avocado and spinach and then also had a pot of Skyr for seconds! After packing up all of our belongings, we said goodbye to our home and drove off into the wilderness of Iceland.

The glaciers and icebergs at Jokulsarlon

About 30 minutes in to our drive, we were greeted by some lovely Icelandic ponies! They were very curious and loved a bit of attention, although I think one tourist though they were too curious, as one pony tried to eat someone's hoodie!

After petting a few horses, we were again off on our adventures. Our next stop was to be Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls. The water at the top of the waterfall free falls 60m before hitting the pool of water at the base of the waterfall, giving people a unique chance to go behind the waterfall itself!

Our next waterfall stop was Skogafoss, which was very impressive! It was quite tall and because it was sunny when we visited, there was a spectacular rainbow! Legend has it that trolls are buried beneath the rocks at Skogafoss, and sometimes on a dark night com out and rest by the waterfall.

ALSO, I found out that Skogafoss was used as a location in Thor: The Dark World! HOW COOL IS THAT?!

I managed to find the end of the rainbow! But to my disappointment, there was no pot of gold... maybe the trolls took it!

The end of the rainbow!
Our next stop was Dyrholaey which is another national reserve located near Vik and sits on the Icelandic coastline. There is a lot of folklore around this area, one being that a monster lives underneath the hole that has been made beneath the cliffs, but the monster has said to have disappeared since a landslide happened there about 100 years ago.

Another myth is that these rock formations were once large trolls who tried to wreck a passing ship, but it took them longer that they thought and when day light broke, they turned to stone, creating the rock formation that we see today.

As we continued our travels, we found vast fields of lava rocks which were mostly covered with a bright green moss. I instantly thought of the Disney film Frozen as the little trolls in the film look like the moss green lava rocks (I think that was Disney's intention, well done Disney). As we drove round the island more, you can really see how most Icelanders believe in the myths and legends that they were told; the landscape is magical and filled with mystery! 

Our next, and final stop for the day, was the incredible Jokulsarlon and the Black Diamond Beach! This really was incredible, it took all of our breath away when we drove round the corner and saw this in front of us!

The small (or in some case quite large) icebergs are formed when the heat of the Summer melts away parts of the glacier and they cascade down into this lake. Now that Winter is approaching, I would think that this place would look a whole lot different! The bergs were a dazzling blue and you could see stripes of black in them from volcanic eruptions; so they're a walking (or floating) map of time! 

We all then walked about 2 minutes to get to the beach opposite the lake that was filled with smaller pieces of the icebergs that have been washed up on the shore. Some of the pieces of ice were cloudy and some were clear; I was told that this had to do with the pressure at which the ice was formed.

This really was an amazing day! The long car drive was definitely worth it! Let me know if any of you guys have visited these places before and what you thought of them!

Love , K :)

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