Iceland Day Three | Reykjavik, Thingvellir & Aurora Borealis

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Day three in Iceland was INSANE! After being settled in to our home for the next few nights, we woke up early and headed towards Iceland's capital, Reykjavik!


Reykjavik is Iceland's main city and capital. I have never seen such a colourful place before! All of the houses were different colours and they had an abundance of floral decoration everywhere which really pleased me as I LOVE plants.

The main attraction in Reykjavik was definitely Hallgr√≠mskirkja Cathedral! We got a lift up to the top and you could see all around Reykjavik, it truly was incredible.

Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral
The colourful streets of Reykjavik
There was also some really cool street art in Reykjavik, the picture below was one of my favourites. I have no idea if any of the pieces were commissioned or not, as there were quite a few impressive art displays, but they all looked INSANE!



As a lover of Game Of Thrones, I fangirled a lot when I saw this! Iceland is used as one of the frequent locations for filming Game Of Thrones, mostly the scenes that include The North (basically all of Jon Snow's scenes). 

When I came back from Iceland I found out that the cast and crew of The Justice League had just started filming in Iceland as well! I can't believe I missed them!


After finishing up in Reykjavik we headed to Thingvellir National Park, which is mah-HOO-sive. There are so many cool things at Thingvellier! It's the place where the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates meet and there are loads of rifts in the ground where earthquakes have happened over time and where the plates are constantly moving. In the lake that resides in Thingvellir, you can snorkel between the two tectonic plates, which unfortunately we didn't do, but it must be such an amazing experience! Also, as of 2004, Thingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage site!


This is the plate boundary of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates! 


The next few pictures are of the waterfall Oxarafoss, and legend has it that the river Oxara turns to wine for one hour each year. This is also a popular place for Game of Thrones filming, as it is the place where Brienne and The Hound had their epic battle!








Now, prepare yourselves for some epic night time aurora shots! After having dinner, we all wrapped upwarm and headed out aurora hunting and to our luck, we found the perfect spot, and LOOK!














It was so unbelievable! I looked so odd to be actually seeing it in real life, it almost didn't look real! We all had our cameras out on our tripods and were clicking away taking pictures. It was so nice to sit under the stars and watch this spectacle. We were there for at least two hours, and every time we debated on returning, the lights went crazy and ribboned everywhere! With not a lot of light pollution you could also see the stars very clearly and could see the Milky Way by eye, which I don't think I have ever seen before! We even got a few shooting stars in some of our pictures!

This truly was a magical day, and we all were on a high as we went back to our Airbnb!

Love, K :)

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