From the black sand beaches and massive waterfalls, to glacial lagoons and picturesque seaside towns, I think we all can agree that the beauty of Iceland is otherworldly.
My fiancé and I spent upwards of two weeks in the land of fire and ice, with our first few days dedicated to revisiting old favorites in the country’s colorful capitol city. The view from Hallgrimskirkja is the best you’ll find in town and when you’re finished up top you can walk a few blocks to grab a delicious cup of jo from one of Reykjavík’s finest coffee shops: Reykjavík Roasters.
After our brief stop in the capitol city, we hired a car and took a trip to Jökulsárlón, then drove to Vík and stayed on a nearby dairy farm. We woke up early the next morning and explored the tiny town’s black sand beaches, then drove narrow gravel roads to Gullfoss, one of the country’s most remarkable waterfalls. But the highlight of our trip was, undoubtedly, the five days we spent at a 300 square foot cottage nestled into a remote mountain pass. The cottage was surrounded by Icelandic horses and seemingly endless hiking trails, and provided some of the most beautiful views from its oversized windows.
In the late afternoon we’d drive to an outdoor hotpot or to the local swimming facilities, and then we’d come back in the early evenings to start prepping dinner. Four of the five nights we dined on a hearty Icelandic stew made from an assortment of vegetables and rolled oats. Although it sounds like an unusual combination, I promise it’s as delicious and satisfying as it is nutritious, and chances are you’ve got most (if not all) of the ingredients in your kitchen.
Photography by Ashlae Warner