We flew to NY, then a direct flight to Iceland. After checking in, we napped then went to the Blue Lagoon. If anyone reading this blog ends up visiting Iceland, the Blue Lagoon is a MUST. Book your time slot first and take your swimwear and I must include this disclaimer about your hair. Ladies....your hair.....with the blend of geothermal seawater that has silica and sulfur and other minerals....that shit does NOT easily come out of your hair. DO NOT make this your last stop before heading to the airport or you will have a very long flight with disgusting unmanageable, gross hair. It takes about 5 or more shampoos before your hair feels relatively normal again. I am now on my 3rd day here also my last and my hair is still kinda gross. It's OK though.....I didn't come to Iceland to complain about my hair, besides it has been under a beanie most of the time, so who cares. So besides the hair, it really is advisable to book ahead of time. You can't just show up and go in. During the summer months, you need to book months in advance. Once you get there, you get access to the hot springs, towels, lockers, shampoo and conditioner (ha ha, that's a joke), bar and restaurant. One must shower without your swimsuit on before entering the lagoon.
|Steamy Blue Lagoon. The water is a gorgeous powder blue.|
The next morning we set off to do the Golden Circle drive on our own. Our first stop was the tectonic plates (A Game of Thrones scene was filmed here). Þingvellir National Park also a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one to put on your bucket list. The park is in the valley between North American and Eurasia. Pretty cool to be able to say you walked from one continent to the next.
|Þingvellir National Park|
|At the bottom of the North American plate is Öxaráfoss waterfall.|
The second stop of the Golden Circle was Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths. We just weren't feeling it as we were both coming down with some icky cold and the idea of disrobing to walk from the changing room in the cold to the baths just wasn't appealing. The baths were manmade with spring water. Maybe next time, but Fontana isn't as popular as the Blue Lagoon, so if you can't get a time slot that you like at the BL, then try Fontana or search for other springs as Iceland is loaded with hot springs. You can also take a dip in the lake, but that part is cold. No thanks. We just walked around the property (see below).
Next stop: The highlight of the Golden Circle, at least for me. The geyser field. I have never seen one before and there are 2 here, one is Geysir and is dormant and doesn't erupt and the one is Strokkur Geyser.
|On lookers waiting for Strokkur to erupt.|
|Strokkur erupts every 8-10 minutes.|
|Hot spring holes are scattered in the area.|
|Another steamy pool. Some tourists like to toss coins in the pools but are not allowed, it is considered littering.|
|Geysir, Iceland's most famous geyser.|
|The spray creates beautiful rainbows.|
|The grass covered in frost.|
|The amount of water moving at such a furious and powerful pace was amazing.|
|Yep, trying to get that perfect selfie with my Olympus Pen E-PL2 was not as easy as using my iPhone.|
|A lone tourists walking where he shouldn't.|
|You can see the NO HUMANS ALLOWED sign, but yet they still go.|
|The lower part of Gullfoss. So strong and powerful AND cold!|
|Someone offered to take our photo at the top of Gullfoss. I know, I spelled Gullfoss wrong on the photo.|
|Yep, stupid tourist standing where she shouldn't! It's for your safety so follow the rules!|
The final stop was this volcanic crater, Kerið. It was formed about 6,500 years ago. That's pretty damn old!
|Kerid crater lake.|
|We rushed to see this one as the sun was setting, but we soon realized that the sunsets here last hours and not minutes.|
Iceland is amazing and there's so much to see and do. Three days here was just not enough. I'd like to return in the summer, but I'd have to battle the crowds of tourists. Snowmobiling and walking through ice caves are year round activities that I'd like to do in the future.