The fact that Christmas is less than two weeks away and I have not finished my Christmas shopping is giving me anxiety. But for now I’m choosing to ignore it and instead, plan some last minute activities in the city! I love my hometown in the Wasatch mountains all the time, but something about Christmas makes it extra magical. Snow falling between the buildings downtown, lights glittering through the chilliest nights, and all the fun things going on just make me feel all warm and cozy inside.
If you’ve ever thought about going to Iceland, chances are you’ve put the Sólheimasandur plane crash on your list of must-sees while you’re there. It’s a pretty famous spot – after all, where else do you get to see the real wreckage of a DC 3 plane? But the pictures you’ve seen probably don’t tell the whole story, so I’m here to let you in on what you can expect there and how to get that perfect shot.
I spent the past weekend on (yet another) getaway to Zion National Park and as always, it was magical. Originally, it was supposed to be a trip to run the Snow Canyon half marathon in St. George, but due to all the traveling I ended up doing at the end of the summer, I didn’t have time to train properly so I called off that plan and turned it into a Zion National Park in the fall + a secret waterfall trip. Plus, we ended up hiking upwards of ten miles anyway, so it was basically the same thing as running, right?
If you’ve seen pictures of Iceland, chances are you’ve seen Skogafoss, the waterfall that the country is perhaps most famous for. It’s right off the main highway on the southern coast and it is a must-see – we actually visited it twice while we were there since it’s so beautiful and so easily accessible. But, as to be expected, the area is jam packed with tourists and it’s almost impossible to feel like you’re truly in the Icelandic wild.
But what if I told you about a secret waterfall that’s a hop, skip, and a jump from Skogafoss? And get this: there was absolutely no one else there when we were.
One of the places I was really looking forward to visiting in Iceland was Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. I had heard so much about how beautiful it was and how it was a must-see on any trip, so even though it was a little out of our way, we wanted to make it a priority to get there.