Taking Iceland by Storm

Hállo from Iceland!

I have officially fallen in love…

…With the Nordic way of life.

I’m currently in the back seat of super nice SUV rental car, listening to the Hamilton soundtrack on blast, driving for five hours in landscape that is what I imagine the surface of the moon looks like. This particular topography is literally a flat, aybyss of volcanic black sand and rubble as far as the eye can see in all directions.

We’re in the middle of a heavy downpour, and absolutely socked in with a blanket of thick fog. We can barely see 15 feet in front of us. And we’re the only car we’ve seen in the last 8-10 minutes.

One word: surreal.

And less than an hour ago, we were driving among grazing sheep in a green, mossy pasture along the coast with towering, majestic cliffs exploding out of the topography, as though we’ve reached the edge of the world.

And I thought the eclipse was impressive.

So magnificent.

But I haven’t spent my entire time in the car.

In fact, we’re on our way to take a boat ride – in the rain – to check out the icebergs and glacier.

And now all of a sudden, we turned the corner, and we’re face to face with a glacier coming down a mountain next to the road.


Guys, I’m feeling so many emotions right now. I feel so small and… a little scared seeing this glacier face to face…is that weird?

Anyways. Yesterday, I was up for 36 hours straight. After our flight at 9pm from NYC, we arrived in Iceland at 6:55am and we went straight to the Blue Lagoon.

It’s a huge geothermal spa. And the water is so light blue because it reflects sun. It’s full of silica and minerals that are miraculous for the skin. We jumped at the chance for a natural lagoon mud mask.

Afterwards, we dropped off our stuff at the hotel and went and explored Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital.


We had a day filled with shopping, visiting the cathedral, and grocery shopping, and then went out to a nice dinner.

Afterwards, we decided to check out the nightlife.

I mean, we’re four NYC twenty-somethings. You’d better believe that we were going to check out what Iceland had to offer.

Well it didn’t disappoint. Let’s just say there was live music. There was tequila. There was dancing. And we finally collapsed back at the hotel at 3:30 in the morning..

What. A. Day.

Then our alarms went off at 7am the following morning to pick up our rental car and hit the road!

Anywho. Enough of my gabbing. Time to go have some more adventures!

See you Thursday for my BOOK LAUNCH!!!

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191 responses to “Taking Iceland by Storm”

  1. A beautiful country to visit for a beautiful human being 😍 can’t believe you got socked must have been smelly 😂 also sexy Anorak alert with such a dorky looking wear 😂😍😘 have fun my beautiful friend, be careful of them Icelandic boys 😜

  2. It sounds like your trip has been a beautiful blessing thus far!!! Stay safe and thank you for sharing the great pictures!!!! Now go make some awesome memories!!!!

  3. Hhhhh….!!! THERE SHE IS! How is it over there? Loving the blue face…lol. Was there another blooper this time? Plus, when are you coming back lol? Too many questions….! Lots of hugs.

  4. So glad you got to see the wonderous sites Iceland has to offer. Recently a friend of mine visited. His pictures were amazing, although I have most definitely enjoyed yours. Maybe a lol more….ssshhh don’t tell 😄

  5. Glad to see the most beautiful blushing dimples of Iceland having a great time! Hamilton? Awesome!! I am a MASSIVE fiend of In The Heights!! 😉 U my Lin Manuel Miranda Sis!! Keep having an awesome time!! xoxoxoxo

  6. Amazing photos! Great read! Hope you are having a blast! Would love to see more about your trip. I am looking at going sometime. Would love some tips of things you liked and didn’t. Also what airline you went on? I’ve been thinking about using wow airlines they got some great deals.

  7. I read recently that this country would profit a great deal from climate change with more land opening up for agriculture. What impression did you get after visiting there? Did that topic come up when you were talking with the locals?

  8. Didjasee Walter Mitty? Don’t forget to go longboarding down a mountain, y’know, for memories sake. (or was he in Greenland? I forget now. Anyways…hands in the air like you don’t care! Woohoo!)

  9. Amazing pictures! Were you able to manage fine with just English? Would love to hear more about your planning process… I’ve begun (mentally) planning a trip – hopefully to take in the next year – and don’t know the best course of action, whether do one of those packages where they plan and you can drive around the country, sort it out myself, etc. I’ve never planned that big of a trip before, but it looks fantastic! Hope you had a blast 🙂

  10. Agh! All the blood in her body has collected between her neck and her armpits!

    You look really happy. Even silly. Like you forgot that your picture is being taken.

  11. Just recently, I was talking about planning a trip to Iceland with my family and friends! I’m glad that you had a safe trip and that you’re enjoying every moment of it.

  12. Wow!! I loved reading this and loved all the photos. Iceland is on my bucket list and your simple storytelling sort of brought me there and makes me all the more want to experience it myself.

  13. Good morning….you have such an eye for capturing God’s beauty through His creation. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience in Iceland. Have a great trip and be safe.

  14. Caralyn,
    I love the last photo of you standing on a wooden platform. A kodak moment. Anywho, thank you for sharing your adventure with all of us.
    Is that a pool connected to the mountain?
    Love and blessings,

    • aw thanks, yeah that was a really fun day! yes! it is! it was a natural hot spring! but it wasn’t actually hot!! it was probably only about 65 degrees — and in the driving rain after having been on a horse for 3 1/2 hours, I took a pass on going swimming. but two of my friends did! i was just too chicken! haha thanks Tiffany! Hugs and love xox

  15. One place on my bucket list that I can’t wait to visit 😊 I’m thinking of doing the horse riding along the beach and the volcano 🌋 expedition. We only live once so might as well have fun! 😊

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