Saturday, May 26, 2018

ICELAND: Along the Ring Road

Some of the best travel moments come in those little surprises you find along the way. There is so much to discover. In Iceland, we found ourselves stopping constantly for little bits of beauty along the ring road. Above is a photo of a perfectly still lake, reflecting the sky like a mirror. Iceland is full of countless instances such as that one, where you just have to be in just the right place at the right time to stumble upon something wonderful. 

Below is a small cave along the side of the road, the inside of which was covered in small ferns. A small plaque outside explained that the ferns were cursed - anyone who plucked one from the cave would surely experience tragedy. Whether this folktale was true, or a clever way to preserve the ferns, I don't know. Either way, we took only photographs.

Turf houses were built throughout ancient Iceland as this design helped insulate the inside from the harsh climate. While there are many ancient turf houses preserved throughout Iceland parks, you can also still find some on farms and other properties throughout the country.

Creating rock cairns in most natural places is not advised, as moving rocks can increase erosion and disrupt the natural processes of the ecosystem. However, rock stacking is encouraged at Laufskalavarda. This tradition started when travelers crossing this desolate stretch of land would stop and build a cairn here for good luck.

Waterfalls are plentiful in Iceland, but sometimes you just can't resist stopping for yet another one along the road.

Outside of the domestic sheep, horses, and cows, we didn't spot many animals throughout our trek through Iceland. So of course, we were pleasantly surprised to come across this Reindeer grazing. 

However, we still loved coming across horses every time. Especially in such a beautiful landscape.

What beautiful places did you stumble upon while traveling? 

This is part of a series of posts about our trip to Iceland.

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