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Adventures in Burkeland - Blue Lagoon & Reykjavik
A little working family on a little hobby farm.
 
 Saturday, 29 April 2017
We made it!
We made it!
We made it!

Our flight landed around 6am at the overcrowded airport. Since Iceland is, apparently, the place to go these days they don't have gates for all the planes so we "parked" alongside other planes that were arriving, walked down the outside stairs into about three inches of snow that had fallen during the night and took a bus to the main airport. Someone from our rental car place found us outside of immigration and an hour or so later we were set free with our 4x4 to explore Iceland! (With a stern warning that the #1 issue with rental cars in Iceland is doors blowing off in the wind. Yikes!)

We ventured through the snow down to the Bridge Between the Continents, which spans the crack forming between the European and North American tectonic plates. It was a quick (and WINDY!) stop and only 20 minutes away from the Blue Lagoon!!


We spent three hours drinking champagne at the swim-up bar, masking our faces with silica and algae and generally enjoying the smooth, 90-100 degree water, while being surrounding by snowy hills (and a few hail storms that blew through). Our first hot spring was incredibly awesome!

All good things must end, and eventually it was time to head into Reykjavik, about 45 minutes from the lagoon.
60% of Iceland's 330,000 people live around the capital city, which makes it just slightly larger than Salem, Oregon. In other words, easy to navigate! (It is also the worlds most northern capital.)

We found our hotel, the Leifur EirĆ­ksson, quickly and set off on foot for the rest of the day. Reykjavik is very walkable! The main shopping streets are just behind our hotel so we explored our way down to the KolaportiĆ° "Flea Market", found the Sun Voyager sculpture and the Icelandic Phallological Museum before heading to Tapas Barrin where we had reservations for an Icelandic Feast!


At this point we had basically been up all night (other than a few hours of sleep on the plane) so we returned to our hotel for the first good nights sleep in two days!
More pictures from our first day are posted here.
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