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November 25th 2016
Published: November 30th 2016
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Nothing like a good road trip with family! Today we traveled across Iceland to Skaftafell on the eastern shore. Along the way we saw some of the most incredible waterfalls, got awesome views of Iceland's active volcanos, and watched a stunning sunset from the black sand beach...and more importantly, we found the Aurora Borealis!


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Eyjafjallajokull Glacier & VolcanoEyjafjallajokull Glacier & Volcano
Eyjafjallajokull Glacier & Volcano

For such a small island, Iceland has a total of 130 volcanos (30 are active). Most recently, Eyjafjallajokull erupted in 2010. While relatively small, it did cause enormous disruption to air travel across Europe.
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Seljalandsfoss

One of the most famous and picturesque waterfalls. It drops 200 feet over the cliff and the fun part is you can walk behind it.
SkogafossSkogafoss
Skogafoss

Waterfall on the Skoga river over a former sea cliff. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall often produces a single or double rainbow on sunny days (and even on rainy days). There is a flat walk to the base of the falls, and you can walk as close as you dare.
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Skogafoss

Patrick enjoying the view. In the background are the stairs to the top of the waterfall (over 400). This is also the beginning of one of the most popular hiking tracks in Iceland.
Reynisfjara - Black Sand Beach & Basalt ColumnsReynisfjara - Black Sand Beach & Basalt Columns
Reynisfjara - Black Sand Beach & Basalt Columns

Voted one of the 10 most beautiful beaches on Earth.
Reynisfjara - Hálsanefshellir caveReynisfjara - Hálsanefshellir cave
Reynisfjara - Hálsanefshellir cave

The cave was used as a filming location for the movie Noah.
Reynisfjara - CliffsReynisfjara - Cliffs
Reynisfjara - Cliffs

The cliffs are home to many seabirds, including puffins.
Reynisfjara - Basalt ColumnsReynisfjara - Basalt Columns
Reynisfjara - Basalt Columns

Amazing cliff of basalt columns that resemble a rocky step pyramid...called Gardar.
Reynisfjara - Black Sand BeachReynisfjara - Black Sand Beach
Reynisfjara - Black Sand Beach

Crashing waves upon the black sand beach
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Vik

The little town of Vik with the Stacks in the background. According to folklore, two trolls attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone as daylight broke, turning them into the Reynisdrangar stacks
Vik Church (Vikurkirkja)Vik Church (Vikurkirkja)
Vik Church (Vikurkirkja)

Small church up on the hill above Vik.
Northern LightsNorthern Lights
Northern Lights

From the backyard of our hotel, the northern lights illuminate the sky. Can you see the big dipper?
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Northern Lights

The dancing lights upon the midnight sky
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Northern Lights

The lights swirling and twirling
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Northern Lights

Rainbow of color
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Northern Lights

Katie & Patrick enjoying the light show


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