Icelandic Adventures

Hey y’all!

It’s been quite a while! I have had so much going on in my life.  Really no excuse for not keeping up my newsletter, but hey, it is what it is, right?!

I started a new job I’m really excited about!  I had not been happy with my previous job for a while and I’m glad to be out of that environment permanently.  To better days and happier work environments! 🙂  I’ve been getting used to a new schedule, longer drive, and all new policies, procedures, and everything else that goes with starting at a new company.  Over all it’s been fantastic and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

On another note, it’s the most awesome time of the year!  I love fall and in a lot of ways I love winter too.  I have come to appreciate the cold weather the older I get.  Don’t get all crazy though.  I like the snow, but definitely not willing to live in it, yet…

I was never really into winter traveling either, well, unless it was to a tropical place!  Yet, again, with age, I have found a desire to travel to winter destinations.  The snow can be so beautiful!

One place I have always wanted to visit is Iceland.  It has such a rich culture, beautiful dramatic landscapes, hot springs, waterfalls, beer, and horses. I mean, what else do you need?!

Vatnajokull Glacier and National Park

Vatnajokull National Park encompasses an enormous area in south Iceland and was officially formed in 2008 by joining together Jokulsargljufur and Skaftafell National Parks.  So, compared to a lot of national parks around the world it’s relatively newly instated. It’s also the largest National Park in Europe. It covers an area of 4,600 square miles which means a couple of days or even a couple of weeks probably wouldn’t allow you to see everything. 

The park offers an up-close opportunity to experience the beauty between glacial forces and volcanic activities. There are many hiking trails within the park as well as the possibility for ice climbing, ATV rides and snowmobiling.  There is always just the walking around and enjoying nature aspect too.

The scenery encircling the glacier varies extermely. Towards the north, glacial rivers divide the highlands, with powerful flows in summer. The volcanoes Askja, Kverkfjoll and Snaefell tower over this region, together with the volcanic table mountain Herdubreid, which Icelanders call the Queen of the Mountains. Long ago, huge glacial floods carved out the canyon of Jokulsargljufur in the northern reaches of this plateau. The mighty Dettifoss waterfall still thunders into the upper end of this canyon, while the scenic formations at Hljodaklettar and the horseshoe-curved cliffs of Asbyrgi are found farther north. Broad wetlands and expansive ranges distinguish the areas near the glacier and farther east, around Snaefell. These areas are an important habitat for reindeer and pink-footed geese.

Many high, majestic mountain ridges, with outlet glaciers descending between them onto the lowlands, characterize the south side of Vatnajokull. The southernmost part of the glacier envelops the central volcano Oraefajokull and Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnjukur. Sheltered by the high ice, the vegetated oasis of Skaftafell overlooks the black sands deposited to its west by the river Skeidara.

So basically, we all need to make a trip to Iceland.  Not only for the beer, horses, hot springs, waterfalls, and dramatic landscapes, but also for the glaciers and volcanoes!!!

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Hi, I'm Erin Lowe

Through Living Travel Designs, I craft custom vacations that get you engaging with the world around you—particularly on nature and wildlife-focused trips that leave you in awe. 

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