Saturday, November 2, 2013

Half Term Holiday in Iceland: Day Two (Sunday)

Disclaimer: This was the day I took the most pics, by far. There's fifty for this post.  Sorry for the overshare, but it's pretty rad, if I do say so myself. 
We started out Day Two of our Iceland holiday with my baby turning eight.  I don't want to talk about it.

After that, we loaded up the car and headed east towards the Jokulasarlon Glacier Lagoon. It was about a four hour drive from where we stayed, and we were supposed to ride a big boat around the lake and look at all the icebergs. More on that later.
Another sunrise in the car. At the risk of sounding like a complete moron, the sky in Iceland in DIFFERENT. Less pollution? Is it a higher altitude? I don't know. Obviously. But whatever, it's totally different.  It's so BLUE. It's indesrible and the pictures (especially the ones through the windshield at 90 kilometers an hour) don't do it any sort of justice.  So take my word for it, the sky in Iceland is totally badass.
Look at those weird birds!

The first thing we came up on was Seljalandsfoss.  First thing to know, there is ONE road in Iceland.  One. And funnily enough, it's called Route 1. So if you want to see stuff but your GPS doesn't work (ours didn't) you just get on 1 and drive and most likely, you'll hit it.

Second thing to know is that apparently FOSS means falls. Just in case it ever comes up on Jeopardy.
When we were at Seljalandsfoss, I declared it to be the most amazing, brilliant, gorgeous waterfall I've ever see.  If you don't have four little whiney kids who are SO COLD THEY CAN'T BREATHE, you can walk right up behind it. But I'd heard you get soaked, and in addition to the kids not liking to be bueno.  So we didn't do that.  But it's mega easy for regular people.
We hung back and took massively out of focus pictures of each other instead.
You can't see them because I stamped them out, but there's a shit ton of people all behind Nick, snaking up the stairs to go behind the falls.  It was loud from where we were, so I imagine it'd be DEAFENING to be right behind.  So cool.

Then we got back in the car so everyone could listen to me rant about the sky again.

The next thing we came upon was Skogafoss, just a little ways down the road.  As soon as we parked, I retracted my previous statement and declared THIS was the most amazing, brilliant, gorgeous waterfall I've ever seen.
It was SOOO much water.  So mega powerful.  It was actually a little mind blowing.
And duh, rocks plus water? That's all our kids need. They can throw rocks into water for hours.  Literally.
Ugh.  Why do they hate me?!?! I took seven HUNDRED pictures this day.  This is the BEST one of all four. And not a single kid is looking at me!! They're watching Nick throw rocks.  What's Ava doing? I don't know.  Turning eight and ruining my life.
And this is Scott's camera face.

Daisy is still easy to bribe with cookies and kisses.  That's why she's always in all my pics.  If you're ever wondering.

What, I'm just eating a cookie and walking in front of the most powerful waterfall I've ever seen.  What of it?

Then all the kids fell asleep and I had to tackle this one alone. You can't see it in ANY of the pictures I took (so weird! You could see it in real life!) but this is the Dyrholaey Arch in Vik. I almost died climbing up there.

And no one would have ever known because they were all in the car sleeping.

Then we had lunch in Vik and kept going until we FINALLY got to the Lagoon.  It's a LONG drive, I'm not gonna lie.  Pretty brutal.

And here's where the story turns tragic.
Not really.  No one died.  But I did cry.
The lady running the tours said there was too much ice and they hadn't taken any of the boats out and the weather was just as crap all week.
So even if we COULD have managed the drive again (we couldn't have) we were shit outta luck.

I was DEVASTATED.  Here's where Aspiring Kennedy did it.  Doesn't it seem AWESOME?!?!?
But Nick kindly told me to get over it, handed me my camera and those stupid kids some rocks, and we headed down to the water.

Hey! They're all looking at me!!

Wondering why the glaciers (icebergs? I don't know the difference) look so dirty? I did too.  They're not 'dirty' per se. I thought maybe it was like gas from the boats, but apparently that's a dumb idea.  From what I gather (from Google) the black and brown stripes are caused from sediment collecting as they freeze and melt and refreeze and like float all over the place to the sea.

How many two year olds have touched (albeit through gloves...) an Icelandic glacier slash iceberg?

How many eight (gulp) year olds have held one?!?!

After one final hissey fit about not being able to go on the boat tour, we packed back into the car for the LONG drive home.  And once I got home and looked at the pics, I was over it.  It was AWESOME.
Just a straight up badass day, right?

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