Aurora McCausland is a fashion blogger and model located in Salt Lake City Utah. Aurora has a passion for writing and modeling which she juggles and demonstrates in her own blog. Here Aurora talks about her trip to Iceland wearing Alea Swimwear for #bikiniswithoutborders.
Two years ago, I added Iceland to my bucket list. I'm a strong believer in bucket lists, because I can wish for years to do something or visit someplace, but as soon as I have it written down, I can actually make it a reality.
A month ago, my husband and I took the short flight from Paris to Keflavik, and it was the most breathtaking part of our vacation.
Our flight landed at midnight. We had foolishly thought that we would be able to sleep on the three hour flight across the Northern Atlantic. But I guess maybe we were too excited, and so we arrived sleepy but excited. Because Iceland is so far north, during the summer the sun doesn't go down. We were disoriented by the light sky, but were so excited because it meant we could spend the entire day exploring without the hindrance of the dark sky.
We picked up our rental car and left for Hveragerdi, which was about an hour and a half outside of Keflavik, where the International Airport was. The entire drive was gorgeous, and we were full of energy, despite the early hour.
I am notorious for being horrible at directions. I get lost in my own city, so you can imagine the fiasco of trying to find the specific hike we wanted to take. We tried to follow the directions, but we wound up at a golf course. We got out and tried walking on what seemed like the correct path, but as we walked, we'd just find ourselves at another tee-off. My husband read the directions and scrutinized the map, and realized that we were in a different part of the town, despite the directions saying it was right next to a golf course, a small cafe, and a small bridge. We hopped back in the car and went to the other side of the small town, until we found the right hiking trail, which also happened to be next to a golf course, small cafe, and a small bridge.
Of course, us getting lost didn't end there. The directions said that the trail was well marked, and so we headed down a trail that was marked with a sign with a depiction of hikers on it. About a mile down this trail we realized it was taking us back to the town, and not into the mountains like we'd planned. After heading back, we took one of the two paths heading up into the mountains, sure that we'd found the right trail.
We didn't realize that it was the wrong trail until we got back from our hike and realized that the other path led to the hot springs we'd wanted to visit. Despite that, the trail we took was gorgeous, and I don't even mind that it was the wrong trail. Most of the hot springs we encountered were much too hot to bathe in, the grey water boiling and splashing up against the volcanic rock. We did find a stream runoff that we took a quick dip in before heading back down the mountain.
Our drive back to the airport was eventful, and seemed much longer than our drive out. We stopped for a much needed coffee break, and decided to nix the additional hike we had planned because I honestly couldn’t keep my eyes open.
Our trip back was exhausting, and by the time we finally got home to Utah, we'd gone without sleep(other than our hour nap at the airport) for about 48 hours. Despite how cranky we were, I am so glad that we took that stopover in Iceland. It was the most beautiful place I've ever been, and I feel like I've been blessed enough to visit a lot of beautiful places. Every single moment was breathtaking and gorgeous and Iceland is definitely a destination we'll be visiting again.
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