Iceland Day 5: Hiking canyons and waterfalls

Day 5 was one heck of a day, full of a few different hikes, and some blood sugar management being extremely active in the cold. We got an early start to the day on a mission to visit a few sightseeing spots.  We started at Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.  We quickly learned from other tourists that this canyon is becoming more popular because it is the location of one of Justin Bieber’s recent music videos.  This canyon was incredible, it was about a 15 minute hike up a slight incline to get to the best views.  We walked around here for about an hour and just sat up at the top for a while and reflected on what a beautiful world we are living in.  I highly suggest that you give this place a quick stop by if you are ever driving around in Southeast Iceland.

After this, we stopped for a quick bite to eat and then drove down to Skaftafell National Park.  This park is quite the scenery, with a big offering of hiking trails.  The landscape is apparently very similar to some of the Alps, and it has been formed over thousands of years by different influences of volcanic eruptions and glaciers.  We decided to take the hike to Svartifoss, which was about 1.8km uphill.  This hike was definitely challenging as the hills were pretty steep, but the views and end result made it all worth it.   Svartifoss is a huge waterfall in basalt columns.  It was bizarre looking with snow, icycles, basalt columns, and giant rocks everywhere!

I had to be careful because my blood sugar ran low a few times in the previous days when being active, so I cut back on the amount of Humalog I was giving for the day.  I normally give 1 unit of insulin for every 10grams of carbohydrates, but today I cut it back to 1 unit for every 20grams because I knew we were going to be super active all day.  It paid off because I kept my sugars in line and did not end up going low all day 🙂  No day is ever perfect as a type 1 diabetic, but its small tweaks like these and adapting to our schedules that can make a huge difference.

We closed out the day by driving down to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, which was once again one of the most incredible thing I have ever seen! I swear Iceland just kept one upping itself with the scenery day after day, and I will get into this more in depth during tomorrow’s blog.

Travel Tips:

  • Be careful on days when you are far more active than normal, as your sugar may drop too low if you are not prepared
  • Hiking is a must if you ever visit Iceland, especially to see Svartifoss Waterfall
  • Almonds are a great low carb snack and have healthy fats to give you energy

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