This Iceland adventure started off in the most radical way possible. We arrived at the airport only to rush off to the Blue Lagoon and then an early night to prepare for our first hike of the trip.
The hike at Grábrók was intended to be short and a quick introduction. However, we were met with winds up to 72 mph, at the top of a crater. The wind was blowing people over and making it nearly impossible to walk. (Here’s a short video of the place- not mine) Things got interesting, which only served to set the standard for the rest of our hikes.
On our next day, I legitimately thought I was going to die. It was windy, blowing ice crystals into your eyes, deep snow, and sheets of pure ice. Oh, and boiling water and a very “thin crust of the Earth”, so you had to watch your step. Víti ended up cooperating and we all made it out alive, despite some tears being shed. One hell of a character-building experience.
And for a few blissful days we stayed at the Vogafjos Guesthouse, located next to a giant crater that light up with sunrise. We ate breakfast and dinner next to their cows, and meandered around the region to hunt for underground hot springs and watch the Aurora Borealis. Cozy cabins with sulfur showers and ceder wood, it was enough to feel at home for just a few days.