Friday, October 29, 2010

Iceland is coooool (part 1)

Last week we went to Iceland- which is one of Rob's favorite places in the world. I was so excited to finally go to this amazing place with him! I'm going to attempt to be brief and just share a few of my favorite photos and give you a general idea of what our trip was like....

Our first stop was to Reykjavik. We spent our first night in the City Hostel... which was not the best hostel I've ever been in, but we had a family room with private bath, and it worked out just fine. There is this cool Viking ship sculpture near the bay. We also saw the cathedral and went up in the tower to look all around.

This is the cabin that we stayed at in southern Iceland. It was very nice down by the river, and we even saw the Northern Lights the last night that we were there.

Don't try this at home. You are not supposed to stick your hands in the geothermal pools near the geysir. It's hot. (Just ask Rob.)

They have a lot of rocks in Iceland. Rocks and water. And volcanoes. And glaciers.

And waterfalls. We love waterfalls.
This waterfall is called Gulfoss and is awesome.

Rainbow over Gulfoss. Notice that there are no "safety precautions" to keep you from falling down the waterfall. We were very, very careful with the kiddos here.

Playing tag in the continental rift. This valley is the division between the North American and European continental plates. It's also a significant place for Icelanders because their first Parliament was organized there around 900 or so.

If you look closely at the rock in the foreground, you'll see a red door painted on it. This is for Trolls. Charlotte loved looking for these Troll houses out her window as we drove all over the countryside.

This is a cool waterfall because you can hike behind it.

Charlotte and Rob hiked behind it. And then I went by myself, it was a bit slippery and too dangerous for Toby we thought.
Well kiddos.... more to come soon. ;)


Mandy said...

WOAH!!! AMAZING PICTURES! It's so cool that Charlotte will be able to say she once stood behind a waterfall in Iceland...and she has pictures to prove it. I am so glad you finally got to go and it was all you hoped it would be. Makes me totally want to go one day. Thanks for sharing!

Aubrey said...


The peaceful cabin, the crazy continental rift, and the waterfalls (even sans barriers -- YIKES!) have convinced me that Iceland is worth the visit. Can't wait to see more.

Enjoy your trip, Andersons!

P.S. We miss you. :)

Harmony said...

Awesome pictures, Julie! What an adventure. That picture of the geothermal pools looks just like Yellowstone Park.