Ice Ice(land) Baby

January 17, 2017

Ohhh... Iceland.

Thinking back to September when I planned this trip with my friend Meri, I smile at how delightfully naïve we were. I approached Meri in class one day, a little stir crazy from being back in Ames, and simply said, "Let's go somewhere." She was immediately on board and we purchased flights to Iceland within the next few days simply because they were cheap.

Flash forward three months and we're both sick in bed with little money to our names, 4 hours of daylight, and really harsh weather conditions. There were a lot of obstacles that we didn't foresee. However, equally so, there were so many opportunities we never would have even dreamed of.

In our 12 day journey roadtripping around the entire island we: 

Saw the northern lights on New Year's Eve
Chased waterfalls
Fell 12 times hiking on ice trails
Drove through white outs 
Unknowingly bought $20 cocktails
Accidentally ate too many licorice-flavored things 
Explored abandoned ships 
Swam in natural hot springs
 Walked through lava fields
Ran across black sand beaches
Tasted (yes, tasted) glaciers
Slept in rooms full of strangers 
Ate one too many icelandic hot dogs
Saw reindeer as livestock animals (?)
Danced nights away
Made friends with people who are infinitely cooler than us.

It was certainly one for the books.

Now I'm going to go work my butt off to rebuild my life savings. 

(Probably just to spend it on another adventure if I'm being honest with myself)


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