- Trip style: Group
- Trip experience: Mixed (Budget + Luxury), Adventure, Relaxation
- Housing Type: Apartment Rental
- Country Grade: We would revisit
Must see: The Blue Lagoon
The world has seen Bey and Jay lamping it up at the Blue Lagoon.
And believe us, the pictures don’t do it any justice.
The lagoon is man-made and its water comes from a new by power plant. Some fun facts: “The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (99–102 °F). The Blue Lagoon also operates a research and development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.”
Where to Stay:
Homeaway is our friend for group trips. We stayed in a Homeaway apartment which was within walking distance to everything in Reykjavik
Must Do: See the waterfalls and geyser
The Blue Lagoon was definitely our activity highlight, but the Strokkur Waterfalls and Geyser (we went with Golden Tours) was a good second.
Where to eat:
Iceland has some VERY unconventional food. We walked on the wild seafood side and tried whale sliders at http://www.grillmarkadurinn.is/. The restaurant was gorgeous and the whale was delicious.
But the highlight of our food experience was the Seafood soup at a little hole in the wall called Sea Baron.
This is what the NY Times had to say about the soup: “The concoction, called humarsupa, is straightforward, traditional, glaringly honest, delicious and the first thing you should eat when you arrive in town. Although the lobster is as local as it gets (it’s fished and cooked throughout Iceland, and featured in many if not most restaurants), other ingredients are hard to come by here, so the vegetable content is pretty much fixed at celery, red pepper and tomato. But the distinctive Northern European flavor profile — the soup is slightly sweet, with a bit of cream and hints of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and maybe coriander — doesn’t change, and neither does the generous amount of high-quality lobster.”
Tip: Do not buy bottled water. It’s the same as the water that’s on tap.
Would we visit Iceland again? Yes. We have to get back to see the Northern Lights
Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic volcanic landscape of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and black-sand beaches. The capital, Reykjavik, home to the majority of the population, runs on geothermal power and offers a renowned nightlife scene as well as Viking history museums. (Via Wikipedia)
Currency: Krona. 1 US Dollar equals about 130 Krona.
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