Blue Lagoon

Clare and Rob by the Klinik Lagoon
Clare and Rob by the Klinik Lagoon

Our first stop in Iceland was actually at the Blue Lagoon, their famous hot springs. We stayed at the Klinik just a short walk away from the blue lagoon. We had a very relaxing time there, in spite of the windy, rainy weather. Fortunately the weather was much better for the rest of our trip. And the rainy weather wasn’t too bad for sitting in a gigantic hot tub.

Gullfoss

Rob and Clare at Gullfoss
Rob and Clare at Gullfoss

Our second stop on the Golden Circle tour in Iceland was Gullfoss, Iceland’s most famous waterfall. It is actually two falls – the first is an 11 meter drop, and the second is a 21 meter drop. They were quite impressive. In addition, because of the layout of the falls, there is almost a constant rainbow when the sun is shining.
I also took a little video to illustrate the sound of the rushing water.

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Reykjavik

Clare by the city pond
Clare by the city pond

We spent the majority of our trip to Iceland in Reykjavik, the capital city of about 120,000 people (the whole country only has about 320,000). Reykjavik is a very nice city. It is very walkable, and has a number of different things to do. Some of the highlights included the Culture House, which houses many of the original Old Icelandic manuscripts documenting all the names of the settlers of Iceland, as well as many of the sagas, such as the discovery of Greenland and North America. We also went to the Settlement Museum, which is relatively new (2001), which has an excavation of a Viking settlement from 871 +/- 2 years.

One of the really cool things about Reykjavik is all the public art they have. One trend we noticed in several places is some shimmering pieces of art, which, upon closer inspection we noticed are composed of small metal discs which all move independently of one another. I took a little video to illustrate it.

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