Thursday, December 7, 2017

Exploring Reykjavik and The Blue Lagoon | Iceland Nov. 22-26, 2017

On Saturday, we had no scheduled plans, so we all took the day to sleep in.  And we did.  When you wake up in Iceland this time of year and the sun is already up you know the day is half over.  We didn't get out of bed until around 11am, and we didn't get out of the house until after 1pm.

The first thing we did was head to the Viking Museum.  Iceland was founded by Vikings, and we thought it was important to learn more about how they managed to survive.  The museum was cool because it was a headset tour type with wax figures.  It took only a little over 30 minutes and afterward you got to dress up as a Viking.

There is a famous hot dog stand in Iceland.  I have no idea why it is famous, but we all got some hot dogs.  I personally don't like hot dogs, but I tried it, and I thought it was good.  I think someone said there was lamb or something in it, not just pig.

After that, we set a meeting spot by a Christmas tree and broke up to walk around the city.  A group of 12 is hard, so this was nice to all get to look around and go into stores without feeling like we were filling up the entire place.  I was able to buy some presents for the kids I babysit.  And we ended at a Micro Bar where we got a taster of 10 beers.  I am not a beer drinker, but my brother loves craft beers, so he was excited.

Reykjavik is a cool, little city and we saw murals on most of the buildings.  And this time of year it's getting ready for Christmas, so there are lights and garland everywhere.

For dinner that night some of us went and got fish while the rest of us went to a hamburger place.  Iceland is an island, which means that they mostly eat fish.  My family and I aren't huge on fish, so this was the first time I felt I had more than one choice from the menu.  It was also the first time we got portions that we were used to in America.

Sunday was our last day in Iceland, but before we went to the airport, we went to the Blue Lagoon, which is a natural hot spring and only about 15 minutes from the airport.

This was so cool!  Well, actually, it was really hot...(I'm sorry, but the joke was RIGHT there).  Once you're in the Blue Lagoon, you can swim over and get a drink at the bar and then swim over to the mud mask station.  We had a lot of fun there and did not want to leave.  It started snowing, which was also wicked cool because we were all in our bathing suits outside in a natural hot tub while it was less than 32 degrees.

Iceland was a fantastic trip.  Honestly, this was the first since I was little that I've been on a family vacation, even though two of my brothers opted to stay home.  It was a lot different from home but exciting.  Before we even left we were all talking about how fun it would be to go back in the summer.


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