Our last day on the road! As we made our way down the last stretch of the ring road towards Reykjavik, I couldn't help but reflect on our great trip. Lots of adventure, beautiful waterfalls, adorable animals, and some surprisingly good food. Not to mention, I had a great travel partner. It's been so fun getting to travel with my mom and make memories just the two of us!
The first of our last stops was Grábrók Crater. Beautiful and stark, it makes for an interesting walk. Personally, I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to visit but if you're in the neighborhood its a cool sight.
Heading south we stopped at another beautiful waterfall called Borgarfjörður. It reminded more of a Caribbean island waterfall than one you'd find in the middle of rural Iceland. This crystal clear water gushes from cracks in old lava and spills out into a roaring river.
The color of the water in Iceland is something I've yet to get over. It's the most dramatic blue I've ever seen, dark midnight blues in some places and clear turquoise in others. Having been to islands with sparkling blue water, I can say confidently that I far prefer the colors of Icelandic water to Caribbean water.
After departing Borgarfjörður we made our way onwards towards Reykjavik. Our final stop on this trip was to check out some of Icelands equestrian beauties. Apparently Icelandic horses are smaller than normal horses and have 5 unique gaits: the walk, the trot, the canter, the tölt, and the flying pace.
Having only ridden horses a few times growing up, I only really knew about the walk, the trot and the canter. The tölt we learned, is a very speedy and oddly very smooth fast walk. The flying pace is a very fast "fifth gear" where the horse moves very quickly but both legs on the same side touch the ground simultaneously. Since that's very hard to picture, here is a video I found online that outlines these gaits (I did not make this video, credit goes to Horses of Iceland):
After we learned about these horses we were allowed the opportunity to ride them! Suffice to say our horses had a lot of... character. It's also far harder to tölt than I ever expected!
Finally, as we dismounted our horses and headed back into the stables we learned about one of the oldest Icelandic traditions. Lava bread! This unusual creation is bread made concealed in a tin can and cooked with the heat from underground hot springs. If that's not the most Icelandic thing you've ever heard, I don't know what is... They add rye flour, syrup and salt to the tin can, mix it around, and place it in one of the many hot springs around Iceland (some families even have them in their backyards). The bread is left to cook for 24hours and then it is retrieved and eaten, piping hot from the ground!
After our bellies were full and legs sore from horse riding, we made our way back to Reykjavik to round out our trip.
Thank you Iceland, we'll certainly come again!