Thursday, June 9, 2011

iceland, part 2



Getting the chance to see Iceland also meant making sure we visited all of the touristy spots too...so we booked a tour to see the "Golden Circle" which included 3 stops: the Gullfoss ("golden falls) waterfall, the geysers and the Thingvellir National Park. All of the sights were so breathtaking and getting to see and stand in the middle of the continental divide was pretty incredible too. Our tour guide also made a few extra stops at a volcano crater (shown in part 1), a geothermal plant and a few local greenhouses...but by far, my favorite moment was an impromptu stop on the side of the road to pet a few Icelandic horses. They were so furry and friendly!

Another favorite was getting to spend a whole day at the Blue Lagoon...with the milky blue, steamy waters around 100F degrees, you could say Kyle was really in his element:) The rest of the trip was reserved for exploring the city Reykjavik...we walked everywhere...visited a few museums, ate fish and chips by the harbor, people watched by the duck pond and had our share of Icelandic pastries. And we couldn't have asked for better weather or nicer people...they were all so proud of their country! While it was as expensive as they say, there were still less pricey options available ($2.50 hot dog anyone???) and we survived. Thank you Iceland for an amazing time...and for not exploding any more volcanoes while we were there:)

P.S. That last photo was taken at 10:30pm at night...we absolutely loved that the sun set so late there (also because we had blackout shades in our hotel room). We looked out the window later at 2am and the sun was already getting ready to rise again...

4 comments:

the southern hostess said...

How beautiful! It's one of those places on my bucket list.

Sree said...

lovely pics:)

Sharon said...

Thanks! I highly recommend visiting and can't wait to go back...to see the aurora borealis in the winter:)

Mel-o-dy said...

looks so amazing and beautiful! So glad yall were safe and had a wonderful trip!

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