So far, this has been the trip of a lifetime for Greg and I. Hope you are ready for a photo heavy post- I don’t do this often so indulge me. And I promise, as soon as I am settled, I will have some yummier food posts! When we return, in addition to getting back to posting recipes, I plan to post more information about our trip and itinerary.
In brief, our first few days took us to Iceland’s capital- Reykjavik- and down around southern Iceland.
As soon as we landed we headed over to the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Soaking in a warm lagoon on a cold and rainy day in the middle of heavy fog was amazing.
From there, we headed in to the city for a day and night. Reykjavik is a really cool, accessible city. I loved the gorgeous colors of the buildings and the fabulous architecture. The food in the older part of the city was spectacular!
After departing Reykjavik, we began our official road trip. The land there is marked and shaped by glaciers and past volcanic eruptions.
The first day on the road was also Greg’s birthday. It was a busy day too. We climbed several waterfalls and spent some time admiring Eyjafallajökull, the volcano that erupted a couple of years ago, sending volcanic ash raining down on Iceland and stopping air traffic toast parts of Europe.
We ended the night driving past the Jökulsárlón Lagoon. It was amazing!
The next day was another amazingly full one starting with a visit by these gorgeous turf houses.
Then we did something I never imagined myself doing- we hiked a glacier. This is one of those things I couldn’t have physically done before! We strapped on crampons- spiked shoe bottoms- and carried along ice picks. We lucked out and got a private tour so the guide showed us some extra special features.
He even taught us to drink glacier water like a mountaineer: ice pick across the stream, push up using the pick as balance. I pushed down and drank. Major points for my barre regimen! I could do it!!!!
This day ended with another long hike to a waterfall and a delicious and well earned lobster pizza in Iceland’s lobster capital! I shared this one earlier this week in my Iceland Noms Part I post.
Next time: fog drive from hell, my favorite spot in Iceland, and hiking an active volcano!