Let me start out by saying this: If you haven’t been to Iceland, CHANGE THAT as soon as possible!
Our first day here, we arrived early in the morning (or the middle of the night MN time) and got to our hostel with zero hassle on a bus from the airport. We walked around the city until check in, bobbing in and out of the shops and galleries, climbing to the top of Hallgrímskirkja church for the best view of the city, and stopping for a much-needed caffeine break. It was a good first day of exploring Reykjavik by foot, and our hostel beds were a saving grace by the end of the day.
Day two we made our way to the Blue Lagoon and then had a tour of the Golden Circle (the national park/Rift Valley, Gullfoss Falls, and Strokkur Geyser). Simply put, it. was. amazing.
- Icelandic is easily one of the most difficult languages to learn, read or pronounce. Some of the street & sight names around us are: Hverfisgata, Kirkjusandur Laugalækur & Bergstadastræti. And no, not one of them actually sounds anything close to what you’re imagining.
- The land of Iceland itself is only 16 million years old (compared to 400 million years old like the rest of most other land masses.) It was formed under an ice cap and contains several active volcanoes.
- The Blue Lagoon has moved several times & its white silica clay is greatly beneficial to the skin. (Also really funny to see 100+ people swimming around the lagoon with mud on their faces.)
- Iceland does now allow any other breed of horse into the country the Icelandic horse.
- Beer was illegal in Iceland until 1989. Nobody really knows why.
- Nightlife on the weekends starts WAY later than what we’re used to in the states. Most Icelanders don’t go out to the bars until 1 a.m., and continue to drink & party until nearly sunrise. I have no clue how they do it.
- Icelandic homes are heated by geothermal energy from the earth & water and are always between 20-22 degrees Celcius.
As for today, it was another incredible day exploring the south of Iceland since we decided to rent a car! We drove to visit two main waterfalls along the coast.
What we learned: Iceland makes it WAY too easy to rent a car (can you believe they let us drive here?!). It was so much fun.
We’ve had a great few days exploring here but we’re ready to head to our next stop tomorrow; England here we come!