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Reykjavík

When I booked our tickets to the US a few months ago, I realized we would have a quick stopover in Iceland and so we decided to make the most of it and to spend a few days there before continuing on to the US.  It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.  Reykjavík was beyond description.  Rugged and beautiful, natural and clean.  And just, I don’t know . . . cool.  And so we woke up bright and early on Tuesday morning, and after a quick whip round our flat in England, we loaded up our 6 massive suitcases and headed for Heathrow.

We arrived in Reykjavík around 5 pm, got a taxi to the apartments we were staying at ( which we would completely recommend ), and after ditching all of our worldly possessions ( seriously ) we went in search of the grocery store, had a bit of dinner, and then we all crashed and had an early night.

We woke up on Wednesday morning slightly disoriented as it was still dark at 9 am, and after a bit of googling, we decided to watch the sunrise ( at 10:30! ) from the observation tower of Hallgrímskirkja – the largest church in Iceland.  The church is said to have been designed to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland’s landscape, and it’s really rather striking.  The views from the top were breathtaking, although it was incredibly windy!

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Hallgrímskirkja

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The beautiful view over downtown Reykjavík

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Leif Ericson

We spent our first full day exploring downtown Reykjavík and we started on the main shopping street, Laugavegur.  Our favorite shop was the Handknitting Association of Iceland where we all picked up some lovely wooly mittens.

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Mittens for all

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Looking down a random side street along Laugavegur

We then stopped for lunch at one of Reykjavík’s most famous places to eat, Bæjarins beztu pylsur, and Milo had his very first hot dog.  Which he promptly spit out.

Day three dawned and we hopped a bus for a tour of the Golden Circle.  The first stop was Geysir hot springs.

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The rugged terrain

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Litli Geysir

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Watching the water bubble

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The best picture I got of the big one blowing

The next stop was Gullfoss waterfall, and it was out of this world beautiful.

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Gullfoss

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Gullfoss again

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The boys at the top of the windy viewing platform

Next up was the UNESCO World Heritage site, Þingvellir ( Thingvellir ) National Park.

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Beautiful

On our last day of the trip, we decided to spend the morning before our flight at The Blue Lagoon.  It was simply magical.

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The milky blue water

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Muscle man

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Watching the sunrise over the mountains while relaxing in the warm water

p.s. If you’re after more pictures, I took quite a few and posted them to my instagram feed – enjoy!

15 Comments Post a comment
  1. Really interested to read this as we have heard so much about Iceland from Icelandic friends who live near us. Really like the sound of the outdoor adventures to be had there and would love to go some time in the future – when we’ve saved up!

    January 27, 2013
  2. Trish @ Mum's Gone To #

    You’ve brought back so many wonderful memories of our Iceland trip. It was a few years ago now but it still stands as the best we’ve ever been on. Your photos are fabulous: wish I’d taken my camera with me to the Blue Lagoon!

    January 27, 2013
  3. Holly #

    The Blue Lagoon looks beautiful. Hope things are going well for you guys. x

    January 28, 2013
  4. Ly #

    The first photo caption looks like gibberish :) Lovely photos. Hope the trip back to the states is going well for you!

    January 29, 2013
  5. what an amazing place! great photos. best of luck with the move to the states.

    January 29, 2013
  6. Andrea : YES! There are so many things to do there, no matter the season. You could ride ponies, hike on a glacier, whale watch . . . if you love the outdoors, it’s ideal!

    Trish : Glad I could help you relive some lovely memories :)

    Holly : It really was, and thank! So far so good :)

    Ly : I know! Everything looked and sounded a bit like gibberish! And thanks!

    Mrs Moss : Thank you!

    January 30, 2013
  7. Trish @ Mum's Gone To #

    Just to let you know I have included this post in today’s BritMums travel round-up

    http://www.britmumsblog.com/2013/02/travel-round-up-a-world-of-winter-fun-and-a-wild-west-road-trip/

    February 4, 2013
  8. Thank you Trish! x

    February 4, 2013
  9. That’s brought back memories – I worked on and off in Iceland for a year and sadly never made it into the interior. You’ve inspired me to try and get the family out there for a holiday soon

    February 5, 2013
  10. Wow, working there for a year sounds amazing! I hope you are able to head back soon! x

    February 5, 2013
  11. Looks amazing, glad you had such a good time!
    Hope you are enjoying your new chapter in life!

    February 7, 2013
  12. Thanks Jelena! x

    February 7, 2013
  13. Wow – now I *really* want to go; what stunning landscapes. Hope you guys are settling in to life in the States!

    February 26, 2013
  14. Kim #

    I am obsessed with going to Iceland, so thanks for the post! I was hoping my husband would run the marathon there last summer, but I ended up getting pregnant, so that was scuppered. Maybe next year!

    March 14, 2013
  15. Oh Kim I hope you get a chance to go, it’s just wonderful! x

    March 14, 2013

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