Iceland Journal Part I Vik :: Travel tips & Blogger tips
Happy Friday everyone! I’m back in NYC and I think it’s colder here than it was in Iceland. We’re in the middle of a snow storm, but nevertheless, it’s great to be home! I have so many photos and information I want to share with you and when I tried putting it all in one blog post, it was way too long. So today, we’re going to cover Vik.
We caught the red-eye on Icelandair from NYC to Iceland and landed in Reykjavik at around 6:30 am. We rented a car and drove down to Vik, because we wanted to start at the furthest point and work our way back to Reykjavik. Our first stop… Seljalandsfos.
:: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall ::
Fashion | I gave up on the thought of being “warm” while planning outfits for this trip (there’s no such thing as being outside and warm in Iceland). However, I knew I’d not freeze with layers. Once in Iceland, I learned very quickly that a) wool tights and a simple layering tee are mandatory and b) snow boots (with lining) are my best friends. Here, I have four layers on top (layering tee, turtleneck, dress, and jacket) and two on the bottom (wool tights under leggings + two layers of socks), and was very comfortable.
Travel Tips | Shoes… there’s a thin layer of ice at the entrance and down the pathway to the waterfall. I saw so many people fall. And it didn’t matter what shoes they had on. Walking with flat boots? Kissed the ground. Walking with snow boots? Bear-hugged the snow. It just didn’t matter. Please be very careful at Seljalandsfoss. Walk very slow and deliberate. Boots with treads are not a bad idea either. Also, there’s a cave behind the waterfall. It was too cold and the ground was so wet that we decided not to go back there. I wished the conditions were better, because I’d love to explore that cave.
Blogger Tips | We got there at sunrise around 10:30 am and there were already a lot of people there. A lot. We figured that Seljalandsfoss was the first stop for the tour buses. We left Seljalandsfoss and ended up returning to it at sunset around 3:30 pm and there were significantly less people there. Just a handful. For less foot traffic, consider visiting Seljalandsfoss towards the end of the afternoon.
:: Icelandic Horses ::
Travel Tips | These creatures are magical and extremely friendly! And most of them love interacting with people. More information about Icelandic horses here.
Blogger Tips | I highly recommend renting a car and driving down Route 1 (þjóðvegur 1). These beautiful Icelandic horses can be found next to the highway. You can simply pull over and walk right up to them.
:: On the Road ::
Fashion | The perfect ratio – 4 layers on top, 2 on the bottom ;) I survived another day with layers.
Travel Tips | The landscape of Vik is incredible. Vast layers of snow covered ground transitioning to non-snowy mountain side back to blankets of white snow on the ground. The picturesque landscape is truly an amazing sight.
Blogger Tips | Driving in Vik can be very dangerous. One moment it’s quiet, the next extremely windy. Please be very careful on the road. When parking on the side of the road, park with the nose of the car against the wind, so that when you open the car doors, the wind doesn’t take it too. Vik is known for its strong winds and car-door-taking abilities.
:: Black Sand Beach ::
One of the main reasons we went to Iceland was for this… the Black Sand Beach. Black sand and stone walls… this place is truly out of this world.
Fashion | Another reason I wanted to go to Iceland was to push myself. Push myself creatively by creating images with the hopes of transporting you to another world. A place where space and time is blurred, where two contrasting elements… snowfall and a backless gown against black sand… can live in the same frame. I also knew it was going to be very cold. To prep for this, I knew I couldn’t go barefoot. Two layers on the bottom with UGG boots, we prepped for the shoot with the conscious decision that the dress will hit right above the pant line and that it will always cover my feet. I also had a heating pad stuck to my stomach and another one on my lower back. Colin was also standing by with two thick blankets. To be honest with you, my adrenaline was running so high that I couldn’t really feel the cold.
Travel Tips | Plan to spend a few hours here. There’s amazing stone structures and rock formations at every corner. There’s also a restuarant right on the beach called Black Sand Beach Restaurant.
Blogger Tips | The restuarant opens at 11:00 am for lunch, so many of the tour buses get there at 11:30 am. There are a lot and a lot of tour buses and this place gets packed by early afternoon. Packed. I highly recommend if you want to shoot at the Black Sand Beach to arrive before the restuarant opens. We got to the location at sunrise around 10:30 am and there were only a handful of people wandering on the beach. We started shooting and filming at around 11:30 am, and realized the crowds were getting larger and larger by the minute.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope this post was helpful. We stayed in Vik for 2 nights and it was just the perfect amount of time. If you have any questions about Vik or anything else, please let me know! Thank you so much again and have a great weekend!