On our first day in Iceland, we battled jet lag and sleep deprivation to troll the streets of Reykjavik. With pastries and coffee in hand, we visited the sights and simply admired the rather quaint northernmost capital in the world. Although we enjoyed Reykjavik, we spent the day in anticipation, waiting for the following morning to begin our tour of “true” Iceland: waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, and pure natural beauty. The next day we drove the classic Golden Circle drive, including Pingvellir National Park, Haukadalur geysers, and Gullfoss waterfall.
Whitney and I occupied the hours driving the Ring Road with insightful conversations, admiring the ever present alluring landscape, and searches for classic Icelandic creatures. Icelandic horses and big horn sheep frequented our roadside views regularly, but the reindeer and puffins provided a little more difficulty.
After the Golden Circle, we continued along Route 1, better known as the Ring Road. A good portion of the pit stops along the road are majestic waterfalls that carry the melted glacial water down the cliffs and mountains to the ocean below.