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For what has can be known about God

has been made plain to all,

because He has shown it in what He has made.

For His invisible attributes,

namely, His eternal power and divine nature,

have been clearly perceived since the creation of the world,

in the things that He has made.

Romans 1:19-20

 

Today, Emily and I drove Highway 1 along the southern edge of Iceland.

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[This is my favorite photo from the day. It was taken near Seljavallalaug.]

The drive from Reykjavik to Hofn covers 450 kilometers, almost the entire southern coast of the island. On a highway that is almost always 2 lanes (and narrow at that), mimicking the movements of the shoreline, there are many adventures to be had.

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[These were taken in the lush landscape between Reykjavik and Vik]

Right before we reached Vik, the waterfalls could be seen in the distance.

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Seljalandfoss is one of many beautiful falls in the area, with 3 distinct streams of water rushing to the ground. The largest fall, on the far right, has a hiking trail that goes up and behind the curtain of water. It was fabulous, but drenched me, so my camera was safely hidden under my GoreTex jacket.

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[I truly love nature. There is nothing else that makes me feel so alive]

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After wringing ourselves out, we sat down to enjoy our picnic lunch. As a side note, virtually everything has to be imported to Iceland, as their local crops are: milk from cows and sheep, wool, potatoes, and fish. Due to this, all fruits and vegetables are crazy expensive. We finally got desperate (and concerned about our diet) enough to purchase some broccoli and cauliflower for about 650 ISK. It was the best ever.

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[This chapel, perched atop a hill overlooking the Vik coast, was too picturesque to ignore]

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After skipping the Blue Lagoon yesterday, we both agreed that it was important to us to find a [less crowded and less expensive] natural hot spring to enjoy. Fitting that description to a T: Seljavallalaug, a pool created in the base of the mountains by a flow of hot spring water.

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Complete with a few private changing rooms and a spectacular view of the mountains, this pool was a marvel. There were only about 6-12 people there, possibly deterred by the 15 minute hike [i loved it] through the rocks and streams. Hot spring water was both piped in and ran naturally from the side of the mountain. Delightful. We soaked for about 30 minutes.

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[Kindly taken by a fellow sojourner]

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[I probably could have pulled over 20 times more than I actually did, because this kind of stuff is just everywhere. As it was, we already turned a 5 hour drive into a 10 hour drive]

At several points in our drive to Hofn, the efficiency of the trip was threatened by slow-moving motorists. Now, in a road that stretches endlessly through barren lands of lava rock, it seems slow to travel at only 90 km/hr. I typically drove around 120 (which, by the way, most other vehicles were as well). Except, that is, when I got stuck behind a brightly painted van that said “Happy Camper.”

[It’s a thing. Find it at happycampers.is]

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[I stopped the vehicle and sat in the middle of the road to take this picture. Don’t worry Mom, not another vehicle in sight]

The best part was passing a vehicle only to find yourselves parked moments later at the same sightseeing attraction. The polite nods and general silence is hilarious.

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[Emily is standing atop a graffitied piece of old bridge, washed away and stuck in the ground years ago by a storm. It’s now posted up in the middle of nowhere, miles from the coast, and quite colorful]

Upon safe arrival in Hofn, it was soon evident that we had found the greatest hostel of all time.

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Stationed in the remoteness outside of town, it had large glass windows facing the mountains [which means I can see them from my bed, where I am right now. Here, I’ll prove it.

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We celebrated with chocolate.

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I hope that your day is [at least moderately] as awesome as ours! xo

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