Day 3 - June 22

I was so tired from staying up for the sunrise in the morning that I slept the day away in my hostel. I was lucky enough to have a 8-person dorm room all to myself, so no one disturbed my slumber. I drove back into Reykjavik to buy a hat and gloves. Boy did they ever come in handy. I didn't expect it to be as cold as it was in certain places. Although the sun was constantly shining, there was often a bitter cold wind. When I got back to my hostel, I debated between visiting the Golden Circle or Gunnuhver for the sunset. I decided on Gunnuhver since it was closer and less touristy. So around 10pm I hopped in my mini and found my way there. Gunnuhver is a 20 minute drive from Keflavik, close to the famous Blue Lagoon. 

Gunnuhver, Iceland

Gunnuhver, Iceland

There is an eerie ambiance about the Reykjanes lighthouse in Gunnuhver. According to legend, Gunnuhver is named after the ghost of a witch named Guðrún who was captured by a preist and dragged into the spring here about 400 years ago. The sulphur mist from the vents enhances the ghostly feel of this place. I enjoyed photographing this location as it is low key and filled with fumaroles and mud pools. 

Reykjanes lighthouse, Gunnuhver

Reykjanes lighthouse, Gunnuhver

Day 2 - June 21

After a surprisingly long, but very uncomfortable sleep in my car, I got up and took a few more shots of Kirkjufell from different angles. It was already 11am so the lighting wasn't exactly optimal. I made my way back to the city. On the way back, I noticed two beautiful horses standing on a hill next to the road. I pulled over and as soon as I got out of the car they came walking towards me. I took some photos and pet them for a little while. We said our goodbyes and I drove back to Reykjavik. I found a hostel to stay in Keflavik so I made my way over there to get my room before heading off to the Blue Lagoon. 

The Blue Lagoon is one of the most iconic places in Iceland to visit. It is a man-made lagoon, formed by the run-off from a geothermal power plant. The blue water is rich in silica and sulfur, and known to have healing powers for those with psoriasis. I tried the mud mask and noticed quite an improvement in my skin. After bathing in the lagoon for a few hours with a couple plastic cups of wine, I went back to my car in the parking lot and fell asleep in the back seat. I woke up a few hours before the sunrise with a nice little hangover and managed to muster up the strength to take photos around the lagoon.

When the sun finally rose at 5am...

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Iceland