Well we have had a few busy last couple days in Iceland. Yesterday we took in the most popular tour in Iceland – The Golden Circle which consists of 3 sights. Geyser Geo Thermal area where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and pools of mud bubble. Our second stop was Gull Foss which is the Queen of Icelandic Waterfalls. Our last stop was the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pingvellir National Park where Iceland’s most historical events have taken place. We definitely got our exercise in with all the hiking we did and the rain didn’t start until we were on our way back to the hotel.
Sunday morning we boarded the Puffin Express Boat for our last tour. They took us out past the bay to view the Atlantic Puffins on the islands just outside of Rekjavik. We saw many Puffins resting on the rocks, swimming in the water and flying around us. After our tour ended we wandered around some more and tried the traditional lobster soup.
We are now just winding down and preparing for our trip home.
Well it has been an adventurous couple of days, yet relaxing if that makes sense. Yesterday we took a 50 minute bus ride to the Blue Lagoon where we bathed in the geothermal pool. We gave ourselves silica masks and algae masks (wrinkle killer) that come from the Lagoon and surprisingly our faces actually feel smoother today! Even though it rained while we were in the pool it was a very enjoyable afternoon. The one thing to keep in mind is that food and drinks are very expensive, especially at tourist spots. A sandwich, pop and veggies were $34.00CAD. We were told by some locals that people from Iceland don’t go as it is too expensive.
Today was a sleep in day. Last night we did not wake up at 2am and look outside to see if it gets dark, as right now it never does – it is light all night. We then ventured downtown to take in the festivities of Iceland’s national holiday. We wandered around the streets and discovered even better Icelandic wool stores than the day before. We came across a square that had a big screen set up showing the Euro Cup. There were plenty of people just sitting and watching while enjoying hotdogs. Then we continued on and ran across a hall where a band was playing traditional folk music and people were dancing.
So after 5 hours of wandering around downtown we we decided to take the bus back to the hotel as we have an early start tomorrow.
Our journey began on June 13th departing on Iceland air from Edmonton. My economy comfort seats that I bid on were upgraded to business class which was amazing. We enjoyed big cushy seats with nice plush blankets and pillows, free food and drinks. It made the overnight flight very relaxing and enjoyable. It was spectacular to look out the window as we flew over Greenland to see the terrain consisting of snow covered mountains and glaciers.
On day 2 we experienced Reykjavik’s grand city tour which consisted of rich culture, history and natural environment. Highlights of the tour include Hallgrimskirkja Church, Perlan with 360 degree view of the city, the lighthouse that is the closest point to Greenland which was 275km away, then our tour ended at the Harpa concert hall in downtown Reykjavik where we left the tour. From there we wandered the streets to do some shopping to pick up our Icelandic woolen souvenirs. We have become professionals at taking the bus around the city and boy do they drive like maniacs. Stay tuned for part two.