Friends on the Ring Road, Iceland

Friends on the Ring Road, Iceland

We said our goodbyes to Reykjavik and got on Iceland’s national road – the Ring Road – to our next destination up in the north. Unlike major highways in other countries, the Ring Road that runs through the island here is only a two-lane road with vast fields stretching far into the horizon on both sides. There were no rails, so at certain point the drive got really scary as the heavy snow bombarded our windshield and the cliffs hung on our sides while we climbed up and down the mountains. Our car fell into the ditch three times during the drive and my beau had to dig us out, one of these times being right next to a river, which made me freeze like a real bunny holding on for dear life. It was definitely the scariest drive we ever did. But I’m still glad we did it because the views were completely mesmerizing. We cruised by endless white fields, snowy villages, mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, and sometimes the sea right next to us. iceland ring road horses 40iceland ring road horses 2iceland ring road horses 3iceland wintericeland ring road horses 1iceland waterfalls Everything was all covered in white without a soul to be seen. The sun was never high up in the sky, so that serene, peaceful blue light from the twilight hours followed us and painted a beautiful blue hue on this land, which I’m starting to call napland. But sometimes on the side of the road, there would be some super adorable and chubby creatures who were standing in file to greet us. They were the incredibly sturdy and friendly Icelandic horses, always curious about passersby.iceland ring road horses 26iceland ring road horses 13iceland ring road horses 1iceland ring road horses 12iceland ring road horses 15iceland ring road horses 16iceland ring road horses 14We made stops every time we spotted them in the vast whiteness and would go up to pet them. They wouldn’t shy away at all. Some of them loved nibbling on my scarf and gloves, which at one point I had to take off and hide in my pockets, and then they would start nibbling on my pockets to try to get to them. How cute! iceland ring road horses 22iceland ring road horses 25Just playing “where’s the glove??”iceland ring road horses 18iceland ring road horses 17They would all huddle around me and bring their heads close to mine. I couldn’t help but hugging each one of them, and they were so incredibly gentle and fluffy.iceland ring road horses 23iceland ring road horses 21iceland ring road horses 34iceland ring road horses 33iceland ring road horses 20Ah…which one to hug first?!iceland ring road horses 19iceland ring road horses 24It’s always so hard to leave our only companions on the road. They were probably the friendliest creatures I’ve ever come across. But it was getting late and there’s still the long drive ahead.iceland ring road horses 27iceland ring road horses 39iceland ring road horses 29iceland ring road horses 30iceland ring road horses 31iceland ring road horses 41iceland ring road horses 37iceland ring road horses 38Soon after it got dark the snow really started to pick up. We crawled as slowly as we could. And watching the snow hitting our windshield was like traveling through space with all the stars rushing by.iceland ring road horses 32iceland ring road horses 28

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