Day 3 began with my eternal quest for good coffee, but sadly, Iceland fell a bit short here. Granted, the hotel coffee is decent, as long as you like it simple, but it’s no 16-ounce, triple shot tiramisu latte from my favorite coffee stand back home in the PNW.

Following breakfast, we hopped a giant, well-appointed bus headed for the south coast, staffed by the most wonderful tour guide, who seemed as intrigued by our culture as we were with hers. The day held MUCH rain in store for us (more than Seattle and northern England combined, actually), but despite the dampness, our first stop at Skogafoss was awe-inspiring.


Yeah, that’s me in the Georgie-esque rain slicker (totally an intentional choice and shoutout to my man, Stephen King), my legs sopping wet from the knees down.

Once we had enough freezing cold, we were back on the bus and headed for the delightful village of Vik, which is where I tried lamb goulash for the first time, washed down with the most delicious Icelandic white ale. Stacie and the kids weren’t quite as adventurous, though Stacie and Bella did try my goulash and loved it!

The next stop was my dream locale: Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, the filming location for Sense8, Game of Thrones, Rogue One, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and it truly did NOT disappoint.


After collecting a bag full of black sand (my goal is to have earth from every country we stop in), we were on our way to the last stop, and arguable the most impressive, Seljalandsfoss. This is one of those breathtaking waterfalls that you can walk behind for picturesque vistas (and getting soaked yet again).


So, with that, I bid Iceland adieu, for we leave the morning of Day 4 for a brief stop in Norway.

Of all the things we experienced, from geothermally heated showers that reek of sulfur, to the abnormally high prices for food, and all the way to the friendliness (and great English) of the warm and loving people of Iceland, it made for a wonderful first stop along our adventure!