Part 2 – Iceland – The Main Attraction

Klambratun, Reykjavik, Iceland

Saturday morning I had home made breakfast as there doesn’t seem to be many breakfast places and also which would be gluten free, so I had some skyr yoghurt and museli. Today was alot nicer, no rain but alot colder! There were snowflakes in the air, and I had a walking tour so it was hard to pay attention near the end as my feet felt they were going to get frostbite! The guy on the walking tour was really funny, and informative so it was a pity near the end that all I wanted to do was unfrost. After the walking tour I went to Glo which is a vegetarian / healthy food restaurant and got some soup! They had some gluten free seaweed crackers that I could have with the soup and you got a free refill!! It was so good after being in the cold outside and I didn’t want to leave!! Since it wasn’t raining I went to a couple of look out points since the view would be better. The first was at the Hallgrimskirkja church, you can pay to go up the tower. It was freezing! But you get a really nice view over the city and some awesome shots.

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland

 

The second was called the Perlan and this was a little bit more of a walk and you get more of a panoramic view across the city as it was back from it a bit. And I saw a bunny on the way so it was worth it just for that!! He/she was a big white one, like you see at Easter!

That night I went to a seafood restaurant and got some fish since I am on an island it should be good seafood!! And it was, expensive seafood, but good seafood! I got an oven baked fish with roasted potatoes. Then it was home to bed as I had an earlish start and it was dark out by now.

Today was the most exciting one I had been looking forward to! The Blue Lagoon!!!

I got picked up at 9am and bused out to the lagoon. I upgraded my standard ticket and it came  with a free drink, an algae mask and a towel to use. Again it was freezing and it was raining again! So although it was warm, the wind and rain was sooo cold!!!! But oh my gosh! The view was amazing!!! It is so gorgeous, from the colour of the water to the landscape surrounding. There were alot of people but it didn’t feel at all like you were crammed in, the lagoon was so large! I floated my way around one side of the pool checking out all the little nooks and crannies and got my first mask – the silica. Everyone gets one with their ticket so we were all swimming around with white faces or half washed off ones. Then it was time to go back in for a rest as it is not recommended to stay in the water too long and I was all pruned up!

Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik, Iceland

The second time around I took my phone with me as I had wanted to take pictures. LOL big mistake!! I should of just taken the pictures on the deck, then jumped in for a bit in the water then taken my phone back to my locker, but instead I had it for the rest of the time and it was so awkward and was scared for my phones life! Firstly for obvious reasons, it was raining/drizzling still so my phone was getting wet, I got the algae mask, and was awkward using one hand to put the mask on, then I decided to get my free drink. So I had a pint of cider in one hand and phone in the other. My hand was freezing from the drink and I couldn’t put my hand under water unless I wanted to add it to my cider and my phone hand was also freezing. So next time – bring a sleeve to put phone in!!

Soon it was time to shower and get dressed to grab the bus back to the airport. Another Joe and the Juice sandwich then get my flight back to London.

Until next time x

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Blue Lagoon and Other Things – Iceland!

At the beginning of last month I ticked another country off the list and headed north and went to the little island called Iceland! It has a population of about 330,000 and about 2/3’s are in Reykjavik.

The weather forecast was a degree or two colder than London, so I took the usual – beanie, gloves, scarf and a couple of jackets in case one got wet. I had found a hostel with good reviews in the centre of town by the wharf. It was really nice, if you want to pay €9 for their organic breakfast you can, and they have tours you can book on their website to get out and about in Iceland. I was in a 10 bed dorm I believe. It was really spacious and they seem to like looking after the environment as there was dimmer lights, and recycling bins in our room. The room had an ensuite and the room wasn’t full while I was there and people were coming and going on tours so there was never a line for the shower.

Reykjavik, Iceland - Coloured Houses

I had a really late flight and if you have never been to Iceland it is good to know in advance that the airport is actually about 40min – 1hr from the city centre, and there is a flybus that costs about £20 that you can get that runs with the flights but waits until everyone is out the airport before it leaves. So it was a late arrival for me, and since the sun doesn’t come up until about 9.30am I got a decent sleep in without feeling like I was wasting the day.

Reykjavik, Iceland, Church

It was raining on the Friday – for the whole day! And it was overcast so I spent my day going in and out of the gorgeous boutique shops there up their main street. If you have heaps of money you could empty your bank accounts but I stuck to browsing. They have the chain Joe and the Juice which did gluten free bread so I got a chicken, pesto, tomato and avocado grilled toastie- and it was delicious!! I also got a coffee, after looking stupid and asking what the different colours meant on the menu only to look up and see it was the different sized cups!

After exploring the streets I headed down to the waterfront where I went inside the Harper building which is a concert hall. It had some viewing stairs and areas on the different levels to sit and watch the sea. The architecture of the building is amazing, it has hexangonal shapes as the sides of the building, it looks like a rock from the outside.

Harper, Reykjavik, Iceland

I then had a short walk back to the hostel to chill for a bit and get out of the cold and wet. There was a girl in the room, and we grabbed some dinner at a burger place, then went for a drink at a pub in the main strip. It was nice for some company and was good experiencing some nordic lifestyles.

Until next time x