Wow, Iceland is a stunning place. The scenery is out of this world, and despite it’s name, it wasn’t that chilly. It was however a little smelly – let’s just say there’s a lot of sulphur in the water…
The trip was a wonderful surprise christmas present from my wife Julie, who had managed to keep it a secret for months. Flying Manchester to Keflavik only took a couple of hours, and the airport had some nice design touches (and cabin crew were going to-and-fro on scooters!).
I won’t bore you with too much text (I’ll let the pictures do the talking), but we had 4 nights in Reykjavik and managed to do a fair bit. There’s not a whole lot to do in the capital city, so go take in some tours if you visit!
A small city, full of cafes, restaurants and lots of outdoors/excursion shops/agents. You can walk from one end to another in about 20 minutes.
Unfortunately an earlier ‘hiking/climbing’ trip got cancelled (due to risk of landslides!), but at least i got to drink glacier water (probably the nicest water i’ve ever drunk). The ice is blue because of the molecular structure of it which absorbs light at the red end of the spectrum. That black stuff? That’s mostly volcano ash, which covers lots of the area.
I also learnt that laser pointers are very intolerable to extremes of temperatures.
We went past the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano which caused havok in 2010. No pics, as my camera decided to start malfunctioning in the wet/cold!
The outdoor lagoon is pretty surreal, there are huts where you buy a beer whilst you’re bathing, people with silica/mud on their face, and big clouds of steam venting off of the volcanic surroundings. Unfortunately I didn’t have a waterproof camera, but here are a couple of shots:
It’s definately worth visiting Iceland, there’s no where else quite like it. We missed out on seeing the northern lights due to bad weather, but we’ll be back there another year 🙂