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Iceland is Beautiful!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

We cruised to Reykavik, Iceland. It was cloudy and cool. We toured the city on the hop on/hop off bus. I rode the bus around once, then went back to rest (I was trying to recover from a cold virus). The others cruised the city and got off a couple of destinations -- most notably HallgrimsKirkja, the Lutheran church with very innovative design (sorry I don't have a photo! I must have accidentally deleted it after I used it to make a sketch in my journal). Oh heck, here is a photo that is publically available (not my photo, and MUCH better than my amateur sketch). The architect was trying to express a simplicity in his sweeping concrete design, and to mimic the mountains and glaciers of Iceland.

View from the ship (across the harbor)

Perlan is situated upon a hill; the glass dome is built over several water storage tanks. Inside are exhibits about glaciers and geology. It is worth visiting for the amazing views of the city!

View from Perlan

In the evening, Linda and I went to the famous Blue Lagoon. This is a hot mineral water giant pool set in a field of black lava. We loved it, particularly the hot waterfall. The whole facility was very high tech -- you are given a little bracelet that will code to any locker, and the same bracelet will allow you to purchase food and beverages. The custom in Iceland is to have a shower without your swim suit on before entering the hot springs; there were shower stalls in the women's locker room for this purpose but no place to hang your clothes (I went into the shower stall with my suit on, then took my suit off in the shower, then put in on again wet which required some contortions!)

Our bus was delayed leaving the Blue Lagoon; a woman in our group had left her grandmother's diamond ring the locker. Other passengers were cranky about the delay: "Why would you even wear such a ring to a hot springs???" The ring was never recovered but I am glad they searched for it. Because of the delay, I got a nice shot of the sunset

I really liked the light as we were sailing away from Reykavik! It looks northern and cold!

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    They showed Iceland on the Bachelorette TV show not to long ago and I was in awe of how pretty is was. Thanks for sharing your awesome adventure there! emoticon
    1136 days ago
    like madames, we flew through reykjavik in the 70s as well - round trip tickets cost $165 on my first trip to europe with DH in 1971 (when he was only DBF:-)

    but more recently, we were heading home from a conference in sweden and when we were ready to transfer to our seattle flight, found out that we "won the lottery" - there was a pilots strike and our flight was the one canceled that day. we were bussed into town and put up for free, with free meals, at the hilton. we walked all over the city that day, but didn't see anything else beyond what we passed on the bus from the airport.

    love seeing it from your viewpoint!
    1137 days ago
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    You had such a fun trip, thank you for sharing!!
    1138 days ago
    I really want to go there!
    1139 days ago
    Hi Alison................
    Thank you for taking us to Iceland. My best friend's brother-in-law married a woman from Iceland (he is from Chicago) and he is having a bit of trouble adjusting. He says it is so beautiful but is also so cold.
    1139 days ago
    very pretty, thanks for sharing
    1139 days ago
    Glorious trip. One of these fine days I will get there.
    1140 days ago
    1140 days ago
    I have enjoy pictures from my friends trips to Iceland. I enjoyed yours also. Thanks for the heads up about the shower be entering the hot springs. Going in the hot springs would be the highlight of my trip (if I ever go) Thanks for a great share.
    1140 days ago
    Thank you that was spectacular
    1140 days ago
    The first time I went to Europe, we flew Icelandic Airlines which stopped in Reykavik. We had just a refueling stop of a few hours, so I did not see any of those beautiful sights you experienced!! How wonderful!
    1140 days ago
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