It was this time last year I was busily planning my trip to Iceland which I took in October. Early October was the perfect time to visit Iceland thanks to the blue skies, chilly but bearable temperatures and a light scattering of snow that dusted the ground.

Iceland immediately became one of my favourite places in the world and I still look through my photos to bring back fond and happy memories. During a 6-day trip to Iceland my boyfriend and I took over 2,000 photos!

One of my highlights from Iceland was a tour I took with Extreme Iceland to the south coast and to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. The tour seems to have changed a little bit now but here’s what I got up to…

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

A waterfall you can walk behind. A-mazing.

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Skogafoss Waterfall

OK, you can’t walk behind this one but it’s still flipping amazing. It’s one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland and usually has a rainbow above it due to the waterfall mist.

Skogfoss Waterfall

Skogafoss Waterfall Iceland

Icelandic views


We visited the village of Vik where there’s a beautiful black beach dotted with icebergs that have washed up on the waves.

Black beach in Iceland


Vic in Iceland

Icebergs on Vik Beach Iceland

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Vik Iceland

Ice shaped liked a seahorse

Is it just me or does this piece of ice look like a seahorse? 


A quick photo op at Skaftafell to see the icebergs at sunsets.


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Skaftafell in Iceland

Icebergs in Iceland


We spent the night in Jokulsarlon and the following day we take a boat trip around Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

Huts in Iceland

Sunrise in Iceland


Glaciers in Iceland

Boat trip through Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Rib

Having a bit of a Titanic moment

Glacier hiking

Our final stop in at Vatnajokull Glacier where we don our crampons and hike over the glacier!

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Glacier HIking

Rainbow in Iceland

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More info

The South Coast and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon 2-day tour with Extreme Iceland costs from 45,900 ISK (£253.10 at time of publishing). This includes overnight accommodation in a basic but cosy guesthouse.

Iceland is an expensive country to travel in but flights are affordable. You can use a budget airline like, they have flights from Birmingham to Reykjavik from under £90.

To keep costs down, consider a hostel rather than a hotel. Reykjavik has a great selection of hostels. I stayed at KEX Hostel and also Bus Hostel which is a cheap and cheerful option.



19 Responses

  1. Chris

    Lush shots Mon!
    I was super stoked with my trip to Iceland too, I can’t believe it took so long for me to visit there…well actually I can as I usually prefer warmer climates!haha!

    I was meant to head to the glacier lagoon but…ummm…missed my tour departure! Lucky I still managed to hit up the waterfalls and of course a good bit of underwater exploring too!

  2. Amy

    Amazing photos! We were supposed to go on a similar trip in February but it was cancelled due to a storm warning. At least that gives us an excuse for a third trip to Iceland!

  3. David

    Wow this definitely makes me want to go to Iceland! Well done Monica. Tell me these photos are not from your iphone…

    • Mercury Grail, tour operator

      You are welcome. If you decide this summer it is still time, but you are late, as August is just here. Next season time here around is winter with northern light hunting.
      8th of October will Yoko Ono come to Iceland turn on Peace of tower light, idea of John Lennon. It is one of the most October attractions. New year Eve. Time when any single tourist can fire rackets as locals do.
      From October to April is Northern light time most in February and March just late in the evening around midnight.


  4. Sara @ The Let's Go Ladies

    I’ve been OBSESSING over Iceland for the last few months. I desperately want to go! I mean, is there a part of that country that ISN’T insanely awe-inspiring and beautiful??

    I’m aiming to go next year and am doing all kinds of research now to help prepare. This post is perfect, thank you!

    • TheTravelHack

      No problem Sara, I hope you have an amazing time. I’m sure you will – I haven’t spoken to one person who hasn’t loved Iceland!

  5. Chinmoy Lad

    These are stunning pics! What equipment are you using for photos? I wish I could shoot like this. And what a wonderful, but barely explored, part of the world!

  6. lola

    OH ICELAND, how i love thee. i just can’t get enough of it and your beautiful photos make me want to return right now!

  7. Jenna

    Amazing, amazing, amazing. I’m trying to pick a favorite photo to pin, and I can’t choose one. I can’t wait to go to Iceland!


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