14.01.2010 - 17.01.2010 0 °C
Iceland was very much a spur of the moment trip which resulted from a conversation over Christmas lunch with our friends Jo and Dan. We had all mentioned we wanted to see the Northern lights while we were living in the Northern hemisphere and the consensus was that Iceland would be a fun place to do it. After a small amount of research to determine the next weekend with a new moon (a bonus for improving our chances of seeing the lights) we booked our trip and before we knew it we were landing in Reykjavik.
We arrived late on Thursday evening and found our hotel and went to bed.
On Friday morning, after a little sleep-in and an excellent continental breakfast (complete with a waffle maker!) we headed out to explore Reykjavik. What we found is that Reykjavik is quite small and very easy to walk around (Reykjavik has a population 120,000 and Iceland only 320,000). The photos below are of us walking around, they are: Di; Jo and Dan standing by the harbour just outside our hotel; Di standing on the main street; two famous Icelanders – the composition of this photo is from a review in our guide book, reflecting the Icelandic sense of humour; a sandwich board advertising the whale steak (no we didn’t try it); more statues by the harbour; a hotdog van and a t-shirt. The final three photos are of us by a lake, the lake was mostly frozen over which was quite a novelty for us.
After exploring, we headed back to prepare for our Northern Lights tour which was happening later that night. Unfortunately because of the weather (it was very overcast) our tour was postponed until the next night. For the rest of the night we had a couple of drinks (it turned out to be many) in our hotel room and ordered in pizza.
The next morning both Dan and I regretted the decision to buy the duty free Vodka special flying out of London. After dragging ourselves out of bed we headed on the Golden Circle Express bus tour that we had booked the previous day. This tour consisted of seeing Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the spouting hot spring area around Geysir and Strokkur. The photos below are of our tour: The first is of Dan; Jo and I overlooking the Rift Valley in the Thingvellir National park. The Rift Valley is where the North American and Eurasian Plates meet; as such the environment is very rugged with cracks traversing the landscape. The next photo is of our next stop: the Gullfoss water fall. The final photos are of the Strokkur Geyser.
Unfortunately, again, our trip to try and see the Northern lights was postponed due to bad weather. That night I had the nicest steak that I have had in years (it wasn’t a whale steak). Because of the big night the night before (and that I was still not feeling 100%) we decided to call it a night after dinner.
For our final day we went to the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa where ‘guests renew their relationship with nature, soak up the beauty and enjoy breathing in the clean, fresh air while relaxing in the warm geothermal sea water’. The Blue Lagoon is exactly as it says on the box: amazing blue water, a massaging waterfall and white mud that you scoop from large buckets and spread on your face as a mask. The pictures below are of the water and us enjoying the lagoon.
Even though we didn’t end up seeing the Northern Lights it was a fun trip. We are now keeping our eye on the Aurora Forecast for a possible trip later in the year.
Hope you all are well. We are in catch-up mode at the moment so hopefully we should post a blog of our trip to Venice soon.