Iceland Ring Road // Day 3


On day 3 we woke up to some bitter weather and snow covered mountains. Ísafjörður wasn't even awake when we started to pack up. It seemed to be a common thing in the morning. Iceland never seemed too busy besides Reykjavík. I guess they have nothing to really rush to like here in Los Angeles. But we hit the road and was quickly welcomed by some seals and snowy weather.

After stopping every 10 mins or so we finally got going a bit to continue the trek around the ring road. And from sun to snow we hit another white out driving section. Not nearly as bad as the previous one but not the most fun drive.

After a full day of driving we finally got to Akureyri. Id say its the only other "bigger" city in Iceland. We had a beautiful Airbnb in the city center. A decent change to our nature views. After getting settled in we went and checked out Goðafoss. I personally don't think the photos do this place justice. It seems to look smaller but this place was HUGE. The rushing water was quite relaxing. This spot is really easy to walk up to and get a pretty awesome photo. There is 2 sides to it tho. Coming from Akureyri the first entrance is the other side of the falls, we went to the entrance over the bridge and took a right to the second parking lot.

After getting back to the Airbnb we made some food, edited some photos and checked the KP index / weather for the night. Everything pointed to a night of northern lights! So we went back out of the city to try and get a glimpse. And we definitely got a show! This was something pretty hard to explain. Its almost like the lights were just blowing  around and dancing in the sky!

Heres a excerpt from google explaining what the northern lights are.
"When charged particles from the sun strike atoms in Earth's atmosphere, they cause electrons in the atoms to move to a higher-energy state. When the electrons drop back to a lower energy state, they release a photon: light. This process creates the beautiful aurora, or northern lights."

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“The mountains are calling and I must go"
john muir