Days 6 & 7: we decided to leave our rental car up in Ísafjörður and take a small plane back to Reykjavik instead of driving back and wasting a day. $80 and 35 minutes later we were back in Reykjavik which was awesome but also a little disheartening since it took us so long to get up there a couple days before. We rented another vehicle and headed east on highway 1 stopping at random locations for pictures and to take in the view.
We had found out online that there had been a plane crash off of the south coast of Iceland in the 70’s. Everyone survived but the rescue team crashed when going to retrieve the plane. They decided to just leave it there. The farmer who owned the land realized that the plane had an extra fuel reserve, unknowing to the crew who crash landed because they believed they were out. The plane is still on that land, and we found through satellite where it was, approximately, also with the help of our friends Yuriy and Julia who had done the trek a few days before. We parked our car on the side of highway 1, crossed the road, went through a fence and followed the river until we could faintly make out the plane in the background. We hiked for an hour until we got there. It was really eerie. After exploring for a bit we sat and ate snacks before the hour long hike back to the car.
We continued east towards Vik and had an amazing lunch/dinner at a local restaurant. Of course I had lamb again. So so so good. After exploring we headed back since we had quite a drive past Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon where Matt got us a hotel for the night! It was so amazing. Each room has it’s own private deck opening up to the vast green moss covered lava fields and all guests had access to a private geothermal pool at night. The next day we visited the large geothermal pools. It was so relaxing and a nice way to end the trip. After checking out, we decided that we wanted to hang around Reykjavik one last time. We shopped and had our last Icelandic meal, lamb soup, before heading to the airport and saying good bye to Iceland…for now. We will definitely be back!
Check out the rest if you missed it:
ICELAND: Part I.
ICELAND: Part II.
ICELAND: Part III.
ICELAND: Part IV.
Our Iceland trip was also featured over on SMP Living‘s blog.
Location: Ísafjörður, Reykjavik, Vik, south Iceland, Blue Lagoon
Date: April 2013
Lenses: 50mm 1.4D, 85mm 1.8G & 24-70mm 2.8G