These two waterfalls were in the same beautiful location and the water running through them was such a bright turquoise color, I’m still dreaming of it.
Theand Deildartunguhver was a geyser we visited en route back to Reykjavik. It looked like they were building a big spa around it so I look forward to hopefully coming back to visit someday in the future.
Throughout our journey, I had become obsessed with traditional Icelandic sweaters call “lopapeysas.” When I saw people wearing them across the country without jackets, I couldn’t help but google where to find one of my own for an affordable cost. Reykjavik kept showing up so I waited to buy one until we got there; I couldn’t wait to find the perfect one. I learned that these sweaters are hand-woven by women all over Iceland from local sheep’s wool.
Lopapeysas are known for their traditional “yoke design”–a wide decorative circle surrounding the neck opening. The sweater is knit in a circle so there is no difference between the front and the back, unless a zipper is added. This wool is unique because Icelandic sheep have been isolated from other breeds for centuries. All those years of exposure to the sub-Arctic climate has apparently produced wool with two distinctive fibers that are known to keep you so warm, you can apparently wear these sweaters without a coat even in the dead of winter.
Naturally, as a resident of uber-warm Los Angeles, I drank the Icelandic Koolaid and just had to have one of these sweaters.