Our final day in Iceland we headed towards Jökulsárlón in South Iceland. This large glacial lake is filled with icebergs, beautiful blue water and hundreds of seals. We spotted a few during our visit and they were adorable!
A short walk from Jökulsárlón, you'll find Diamond Beach. The beach is covered with massive blocks of ice. The ice-chunks take on so many forms and colors, ranging from transparent, to white, to the most amazing blue color. It's surely not like the standard beaches we are use to in the States or anywhere else in the world. Black sand, crashing waves, and large ice chunks, theres truly nothing else like it.
The black sand is so unique, it was created by lava flowing into the ocean which cooled almost instantly as it touched the water.
Heading back towards Reykjavik, we noticed these beautiful fields of lupine flowers. They were everywhere, we just had to pull over on the side of the road and take in these incredible views. For a moment, I felt like I was on set of The Sound of Music.
Next, we visited Skaftafell National Park. We took a short hike up to get some incredible views of the glaciers. I stayed put (and away from the edge) while the boys were more adventurous and hiked up further. My heart was definitely racing watching them get so close to the edge.
Next, we took our longest hike yet (about 2 hours) to visit Svartifoss, also knows as "Black Falls". It was the most unique waterfall I've ever seen. The black columnar basalt formations beautifully frame the waterfall. You can hike down and get up close and personal with the water.
Our final stop was in Vik. Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach was amazing, with its black sand, basalt columns (that you can climb) lava formations, and caves. At this point, it was well into the night, about 2:00am, so we were very lucky to have it all to ourselves. It was chilly, drizzling rain and absolutely incredible.
Iceland, you've been incredible! Until next time!