NSF Travel Diary: Iceland Edition
Fellow friend and photographer Monroe Alvarez takes us along her Icelandic adventures and shares her packing list.
Stop 1: Waterfall in Iceland. Exact Location Unknown
This spot is a beautiful hiking spot. It took us 45 minutes to reach this waterfall. The rocks alongside this waterfall as so mind blowing, so beautiful. Sometimes I felt as if I was in Game of Thrones with these insane landscapes. I expected to find John Snow at some point while in Iceland, but it didnt happen unfortunately.
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Stop 2: New York City
Stopped in NYC before heading out to Iceland. I was supposed to have a 2 hour layover in NYC , but I decided to make it a 4 day lay over so that way I could see some old friends.
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Stop 3 : Kerid, Iceland
This spot is a volcanic crater lake , it was the first stop on the Iceland road trip. Over populated with tourist because its so close to Reykavijk and part of the “Golden Circle”. I didnt really know about the Golden Circle when coming to Iceland. Its the tourist route, and if I had known, I would have avoided every single one of those spots for photo reasons. But they are still epic in the grand scheme, but Im more of the type of person who likes isolated areas just waiting to be discovered.
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Stop 4: Jokulsarlon , Iceland
Insane glacial lagoon with the most beautiful icebergs. The moment I approached this location I was speechless. I had never seen anything like it, and its probably because I have never seen icebergs before. The water so blue, and this structures just floating… it was mind blowing to me.
Stop 5: Iceland, exact location unknown
This is part of the same hike as the first four photos, just another hour past that waterfall. This location has the option of doing a 26 mile hike is you’d like. This spot attracts a lot of hikers for that reason, and its also a camp ground at the base. But when arriving at this exact location, I was brought to Game of Thrones once again. To the left of me is a massive massive massive strip of ice glaciers. It looks exactly like where the White Walkers would be walking , getting ready to destroy the world.
Stop 6:Faroe Islands.
I purposely will not exploit any exact locations in the Faroe Islands, even though this spot is known. I want to keep the Faroes as untouched as possible. Iceland was SO overpopulated with tourists, and the Faroes was the complete opposite, and I want to do what I can to keep it that way. Do I recommend you to go? Yes definitely. But I will not contribute to specific places to go in respect to the adventure you should take on your own and not follow a specific route.
Stop 7: Copenhagen
It was kind of crazy going from camping and hiking for 8 days to then going to a true city with bike riders and buildings everywhere and food accessible wherever you go. Copenhagen might be one of my favorite cities ever. So clean, so beautiful, and really fun.