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Goodrick Summer Adventure Part 5 // Iceland

I’ve loved sharing about our summer adventure in Europe! I can’t believe the final blog post in this little series is here, our time in Iceland! If you missed the past few blog posts, check em out –> Finland, Amsterdam, Paris, and Scotland.

Scotland was originally the last stop on our trip, but while creating our flight plans, we happily found that a stopover in Iceland was an option for us! We added a two-night stopover in Iceland and figured it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so to Iceland we went! 😉

Upon landing in Iceland, we grabbed a rental car and headed into Reykjavik to find our Airbnb. We stayed just a couple of blocks from the iconic local church, Hallgrimskirkja. We bundled up with a few more layers and walked to a local cafe for an iconic Icelandic meal of fermented shark, dried fish, and rye bread. Although we knew Iceland would be a more expensive destination, we quickly realized our meals in Iceland would be quite an investment. Nevertheless, we loved our time there and I’m excited to share photos from Iceland.

If you’ve been following along our European journey, you won’t be surprised to find that we placed disc golf in Iceland. Since the sun sets so late, we played a quick round of disc golf at about 10pm. The course looked like a scene from Lord of the Rings. The boys were pretty happy. 😉

During our full day of adventure, we took our rental car for a spin on the Golden Circle. Our first stop was Kerio, a volcanic crater about an hour from Reykjavik. It was wildly windy and cold, but we truly enjoyed the view. We walked along the rim and then hiked down to the bottom.

Next on our Golden Circle tour was the Strokkur Geyser. It’s located in a geothermal area and erupts every 6-10 minutes. Tourists flock to encircle the geyser and wait until it shoots upwards into the sky.

We visted the Gullfoss Waterfall next! The Gullfoss is a series of “steps” as the Hvita river flows south through the canyon. We were able to get close enough to feel the mist on our faces and take some great photos!

The last stop on our Golden Circle tour was my very favorite, the Frioheimar, and the Secret Lagoon. The Frioheimar is a family owned tomato farm and dining experience. This hidden gem was recommended by a friend and it was WELL worth it. The enjoyed an endless meal of tomato soup, garnished with cucumber salad, sour cream, and a fresh basil plant at our table. It was by far our favorite meal in Iceland!

Nearby the Frioheimar, the took our last stop along the Golden Circle, the Secret Lagoon. Visiting a hot spring was my only must-do item in Iceland and I’m SO glad we experienced it! Although the Blue Lagoon is the more popular option, after researching both we decided the Secret Lagoon would be the best option. It was more affordable, more intimate, and an overall great experience.

Although it was summer, the average temps in Iceland were about 50 degrees Farenheight. Despite the cold temps, I had to have my ice cream fix. Here are a few outtakes of my ice cream photos. 🙂

On our last day in Iceland, we discovered the tectonic plates between North America and Europe along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. There’s a growing gap between the two tectonic plates and they have been connected with a bridge. We explored the bridge, the black sand below, and of course, took a few photos to commemorate our time there. This stop on our road trip was definitely the coldest and windiest, but it was a perfect ending to our time in Europe as we headed home.

This summer held so many memories, laughs, and experiences it’s hard to summarize in just a few blogs posts, but I truly appreciate you coming along and reliving our adventures! I loved planning and preparing for this trip and if you have any travel related questions (or otherwise) I’m happy to help. Shoot me an email at suzy@suzygoodrick.com.

Thanks for joining me here! Stay tuned for more adventures, weddings, and general life happiness.

Cheers, Suzy.

I’ve loved sharing about our summer adventure in Europe! I can’t believe the final blog post in this little series is here, our time in Iceland! If you missed the past few blog posts, check em out –> Finland, Amsterdam, Paris, and Scotland.

Scotland was originally the last stop on our trip, but while creating our flight plans, we happily found that a stopover in Iceland was an option for us! We added a two-night stopover in Iceland and figured it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity, so to Iceland we went! 😉

Upon landing in Iceland, we grabbed a rental car and headed into Reykjavik to find our Airbnb. We stayed just a couple of blocks from the iconic local church, Hallgrimskirkja. We bundled up with a few more layers and walked to a local cafe for an iconic Icelandic meal of fermented shark, dried fish, and rye bread. Although we knew Iceland would be a more expensive destination, we quickly realized our meals in Iceland would be quite an investment. Nevertheless, we loved our time there and I’m excited to share photos from Iceland.

If you’ve been following along our European journey, you won’t be surprised to find that we placed disc golf in Iceland. Since the sun sets so late, we played a quick round of disc golf at about 10pm. The course looked like a scene from Lord of the Rings. The boys were pretty happy. 😉

During our full day of adventure, we took our rental car for a spin on the Golden Circle. Our first stop was Kerio, a volcanic crater about an hour from Reykjavik. It was wildly windy and cold, but we truly enjoyed the view. We walked along the rim and then hiked down to the bottom.

Next on our Golden Circle tour was the Strokkur Geyser. It’s located in a geothermal area and erupts every 6-10 minutes. Tourists flock to encircle the geyser and wait until it shoots upwards into the sky.

We visted the Gullfoss Waterfall next! The Gullfoss is a series of “steps” as the Hvita river flows south through the canyon. We were able to get close enough to feel the mist on our faces and take some great photos!

The last stop on our Golden Circle tour was my very favorite, the Frioheimar, and the Secret Lagoon. The Frioheimar is a family owned tomato farm and dining experience. This hidden gem was recommended by a friend and it was WELL worth it. The enjoyed an endless meal of tomato soup, garnished with cucumber salad, sour cream, and a fresh basil plant at our table. It was by far our favorite meal in Iceland!

Nearby the Frioheimar, the took our last stop along the Golden Circle, the Secret Lagoon. Visiting a hot spring was my only must-do item in Iceland and I’m SO glad we experienced it! Although the Blue Lagoon is the more popular option, after researching both we decided the Secret Lagoon would be the best option. It was more affordable, more intimate, and an overall great experience.

Although it was summer, the average temps in Iceland were about 50 degrees Farenheight. Despite the cold temps, I had to have my ice cream fix. Here are a few outtakes of my ice cream photos. 🙂

On our last day in Iceland, we discovered the tectonic plates between North America and Europe along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. There’s a growing gap between the two tectonic plates and they have been connected with a bridge. We explored the bridge, the black sand below, and of course, took a few photos to commemorate our time there. This stop on our road trip was definitely the coldest and windiest, but it was a perfect ending to our time in Europe as we headed home.

This summer held so many memories, laughs, and experiences it’s hard to summarize in just a few blogs posts, but I truly appreciate you coming along and reliving our adventures! I loved planning and preparing for this trip and if you have any travel related questions (or otherwise) I’m happy to help. Shoot me an email at suzy@suzygoodrick.com.

Thanks for joining me here! Stay tuned for more adventures, weddings, and general life happiness.

Cheers, Suzy.

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