Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Day 1 in Iceland- Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik Introduction


Blue Lagoon Spa in Iceland

Greetings from Iceland!  In order to share my travels, I will be sharing the day-to-day itinerary of my trip.  This year, our girls trip took us to Iceland on a 16 day trip around the entire island.   I'm lucky enough to have with me two awesome girlfriends  to share this adventure - Leanne and Ali.  Follow along as I share our travels through this amazing country.

Day 1 - Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik Introduction

Hallgrimskirkja
Our trip began with the redeye flight on July 7 from Boston Logan Airport.   We arrived early July 8th. Right away I was surprised that we didn't have to explain what we would be doing in the country or how long we would be staying.   Right away I was surprised that we didn't have to explain what we would be doing in the country or how long we would be staying.  It has definitely been a comparison to the trusting and friendly nature of the Icelandic people.    

 After a quick breakfast in the airport, we took a Fly Bus to the Blue Lagoon spa. Yes, it's a tourist trap, but we had a great time. It was the perfect way to start our trip with a relaxing soak in the blue, silty water.   After a two hour soak and the coffee in the café, we took the Fly Bus into Reykjavik.   The bus will drop you right at your hotel.  

Enjoyed a wonderful meal at Kopar.
 We checked in to Guesthouse Aurora and from there took a stroll around the city.  Some of our highlights included: walking to the church, Hallgrimskirkja, and taking the elevator to the top (~$5 cost) to look out at the city, a walk down to the water to see the Viking Sun Voyager sculpture, and shopping and sight-seeing along Laugavegur street. We also were able to pop into Bonus grocery for some fruits and snacks for our trip.

At the tourist info center (on Laugavegur), we got a dinner recommendation for Kopar.   What a great suggestion!  We got to try some local ingredients in a gourmet setting  including horse meat, cod tongues, fish stew, and scallops.  After a filling meal, we headed back to our guest house. After 19 hours with no sleep we were ready to crash.

 It was a wonderful way to begin Girls Trip 2015 in Iceland!
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