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Exploring Game of Thrones’ Gjain and Hiking Around Waterfalls in Iceland

Given that Iceland’s landscape is so otherworldly, it comes as little surprise that the country has featured as a backdrop in everyone’s favourite fantasy series, Game of Thrones.

One site in particular stood out to us, and that was Gjain. Stunning in its own right with a myriad of waterfalls, funky geology and some awesome archaeology just lying around the corner, the site was just a short detour from our main itinerary. Or so we thought, to our potential demise.

But hey, as they say, getting there is half the fun. But more on Gjain.

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Searching for the Northern Lights in the Golden Circle

There are multiple writers and bloggers out ‘there’ that will tell you not to visit the Golden Circle in Iceland – It’s too touristy, too busy, there’s better sites elsewhere, etc. But here’s the thing: those sites are popular for a reason, and just because they are popular does not diminish their worth. And with the promise of sighting the northern lights in Thingvellir National Park, the home of ancient Icelandic parliament, we parked up at the campsite, threw some layers on our bodies and some whisky down our throats, and waited.

Because let’s be honest, if it was good enough for the vikings, it would be more than fine for us. Continue reading

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