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sadcars Well guys, it's time for @sugarandsoulco to sign off and head back to Maine! It's been fun taking you all around Iceland with me in my SADcar!
This is such a beautiful place, and I leave a little piece of my heart each time I'm here. If you're from here, thanks for having me! If you're from away, it's time to book your flights and come visit one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world!

Remember, book a SADcar for the cheapest car rentals in Iceland. Eat at least one hotdog. Make a new friend. Do something new every day even if it scares you. Embrace nature and let your soul do the rest!
Safe travels! ~ Rebecca
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sadcars When you're gassing up your SADcar in Iceland, don't forget to grab a hotdog for the road. They're cheap and delicious!!! (Instagram Takeover with @sugarandsoulco) 1w

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sadcars Tag someone you want to go see the puffins with in Borgarfjörður Eystri in the East Fjords! You'll drive to the top of the world and the end of the earth in your SADcar to get here, but it's totally worth it! (Instagram Takeover with @sugarandsoulco) 2w

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sugarandsoulco Cairns are a traditional and sometimes sacred piece of history all over the world. In Iceland you will see them everywhere along the road, some are ancient and others are new.
The ancient ones were used as a guide for travelers, when you came upon one you would add a rock to the top to help the next traveler find their way.

The newer ones have been started by tourists all over the country that don't realize it can be misleading and damaging to the environment since Iceland's land and vegetation is so fragile.

But there is a place on the Ring Road between Vik and the Glacier Lagoon where it's okay for travelers to practice the tradition. Laufskálavarða is a lava ridge covered in these little cairns. And it is said that a stone added to a cairn by a traveler passing by for the first time will bring them good fortune on the journey.

At one point, stones were trucked in for tourists to be able to carry on the tradition. With tourism here growing by 20% every year for the last 6, those stones have mostly been used. But don't take one from another cairn, find one on the ground in the area, and if you can't, leave them be.

Iceland is a small country with a small population, and with their tourism industry booming, it makes sense for them to worry about their beautiful land. And there are a few things you can do to help make less of an impact.

Stay on the marked roads and paths, leave a donation at the public attractions for preservation if possible, follow the rules, be respectful, pick up after yourself, and use common sense. When you visit this place, try not to leave a mark, let it leave a mark on your soul instead.

It's truly incredible to look at this place and think about each person who has added a stone. All wanderers in this world and in this life, just looking for some answers. I now feel connected to all of them in this small way, hoping that they found their way and I will too!
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sadcars Tag someone you want to come here with!

Today we ventured up to the Eastern Fjords. The drive up 94 is quite dramatic in scenery and a little hair raising as well. On the way to Borgarfjörður Eystri to see the puffins we passed Njarðvíkurskriður.

This area was a common place for accidents in ancient times. It's a dangerous scree slope and the beast, Naddi, lives under it.
In the early 1300s, Naddi was exorcised and a cross was erected and carved with an inscription. It translates to: You who are hurrying past, honour the image of Christ - AD 1306.

The intentions was that travelers would repeat the prayer as they passed the danger zone to protect them from evil. The cross has been replaced several times, but the prayer remains.

p.s. You might want to say it just for the S-turns you'll be taking on the way down don't get too distracted by the incredible views! (Instagram Takeover with @sugarandsoulco)
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sadcars You never know who you're going to meet along your journey through Iceland. Sometimes it's the sweet and helpful locals, other times it's fellow tourists, and then there's the chance you'll make a new furry friend.

Did you know that points of interest and area attractions are marked with white road signs with red font? We decided to venture down one we hadn't heard of today on the way home to our lodgings in Vopnafjörður. As soon as we pulled up in our SADcar, two friendly dogs came to greet us and they were such hams that we took more photos of them than the attraction!
The attraction itself Bustarfell Museum, doesn't actually open for a few more weeks. Bustarfell is one of the most beautiful and best kept turf-houses in Iceland. A fun little detour if you're in the Northeast. (Instagram takeover with @sugarandsoulco)
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sadcars Tag someone you want to visit Grjótagjá with! This thermal spring is inside a lava cave and it's crystal clear blue waters are a must see when you're in North Iceland.
The cave is just a slight detour off the main road around Mývatn Lake. It's nature at it's best, beautiful and slightly dangerous, so be sure to use caution when in and around it.

Fun Fact: A scene of Game of Thrones was filmed here! (Instagram Takeover with @sugarandsoulco)
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sugarandsoulco We drove so much today, thank goodness our @sadcars is spacious and comfortable (with heated seats too)! I'm taking over the SADcars instagram account for the rest of our trip where I'll be sharing photos you won't find in my personal feed, so be sure to follow along!

We started our day in Siglufjörður in the Northwest and finished in Vopnafjörður in the Northeast. We spent the majority of our day venturing around the Mývatn lake where there are some really impressive natural attractions. And we're heading back tomorrow to see more!

One of those attractions is Hveraröndor Hverir, a geothermal field that sits at the base of the Namafjall Mountain. The place is alive with mud craters, perfect for throwing your PIA travel companions in kidding! Kind of. It's also covered in sulfur crystals and steam springs.

Because of the sulfur there is almost no vegetation in the area, but the field is covered in pastel colors. It's a must stop off the Ring Road!
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sadcars Hey all! Rebecca here from @sugarandsoulco and I'm going to be taking over the SADcars Instagram account while exploring beautiful Iceland!

We flew in a few days ago and have been making our way around the Ring Road with our SADcar, we call her Miss Sadzuki! She's taken us to some pretty cool places, but one of my favorites was Hvítserkur in the Vatnsnes Peninsula.

Legend has it that it's a troll that didn't escape the sun and was petrified in stone. But many see a dragon drinking from the water. At low tide you can walk right out to it on the black sand. This rock formation would have been lost to the sea many years ago had it not been reinforced with concrete!

Have you been here, is it on your list now? Tag someone you want to visit it with!
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sadcars Drove incredibly far to the middle of nowhere in the West Fjords to capture this beauty after looking for it for months. -@calebbohn 3w

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sadcars Hey everyone! @calebbohn here taking over the SadCars Instagram for the next few days while in Iceland! Here's a shot driving by the Fjaõrárgljúfur Canyon earlier today. 3w

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scambo_uk Bruarfoss waterfall, possibly my favourite of all the waterfalls I visited on my trip to Iceland. Had the whole place to myself for 2hrs. I shot this using the self timer, scrambling over the rocks trying my best not to fall in. 3w

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  •   hoopachu Totally awesome, right?!?! 3w
  •   jennyoseach @hoopachu yes!! And freezing haha 3w
  •   hoopachu Did y'all walk behind the third waterfall? It was a little bit of a walk, but it's where I took my Facebook photo! 3w
  •   axlinfocus Cool! 2w

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  •   knappster_23 Run to top of mountain was worth it after all. 1mon

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