we were only there for 3 days staying the town of reykjavík - i still have no idea how to pronounce the name of that place. anyway, we had two goals in mind: 1.) see the northern lights and 2.) visit the blue lagoon. we attempted 100% of the goal, and only got about 75% of it, but all in all it was a successful trip.
we spent the first day just wandering around the smallish city. it doesn't get light out until about 11am which is crazy so there was a bit of sleeping in. we had some lunch - iceland is expensive!! - and then did a bit of shopping. rach made a gross miscalculation the exchange rate which lead to the purchase of a very expensive jacket and a very funny story to take home back to america.
the next day we ventured to a very high tech spa that scans your eyes as your entrance pass. it was pretty nuts and very futuristic. a welcome break though after we decided to walk there all the way across the city.
that evening we ventured out in an attempt to see the northern lights. it was quite late and after a full day of spa'ing i was exhausted. when we arrived in the middle of no where and it was freezing cold i took to taking a little nap on the warm bus instead of watching out in the darkness for a whole lot of nothing. you could see tiny glimpses of the lights, but nothing awe-inspiring so i'm leaving that one on the life list for now. i guess it's a natural phenomenon so you can't really blame it for not making an appearance.
on the last day, we woke up early to take the bus to the blue lagoon - this was far and away the highlight of the trip. an amazing experience. you step into the freezing cold weather outside and then enter the warm salty waters of the lagoon. went spent all day just wandering around in there only breaking for lunch and to grab our cameras for a few snaps. it was self portrait galore time. but it was just so amazing. the pictures don't even do it justice. how blue the water is, how hot it feels compared to the cool temperatures outside, the squishy mud under your feet, and how quiet it is. we were there first thing when it opened so for the first few hours you felt like you were completely alone. it really was one of those crazy life experiences. and i'll always remember it.
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