We had one day with no specific plans so we took some time to do some exploring in Reykjavik. As the temps have been below freezing, we’ve been heading outside for little bits at a time. While we may be from New England, after 4 winters of blissful 50 degree weather, this is a bit of a shock to our systems!!
One of the things I’ve found about being in Europe is the difference in the daylight. I know this changes in the US as well but having lived in Massachusetts my entire life up til our move to Spain, it’s not something I witnessed or noticed very much. Because of Iceland’s latitude, their winter means very little sun and their summers last 24 hours! Our tour guide one morning said that in mid February, they were already getting 4 hours more Continue reading
Tuesday we did a trip around the infamous Golden Circle in Iceland. It was an 8 hour (8 LONG hours) bus tour that covered the Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss Waterfall, the Geysir hot springs, Skáholt Church and finally Hellisheidavirkjun Geothermal Powerplant. You’ll read more about it below, but know that we probably could have skipped the last 2 places and shaved a few hours off our day. It was still a great day but exhausting by the end. Our tour guide was fine but she wasn’t the most enthusiastic guide I’ve had (it’s still going to be hard to beat our Scottish Continue reading
Iceland was never really in our top tier of must visit places when we arrived in Barcelona. I honestly don’t even think it ever made our second tier list. Yet somehow in recent months both Josh and I were drawn to visit here. I don’t know if it is the abundance of news articles that we’ve read about the northern lights or what it was, but before we knew what was happening, we decided let’s do it!
Top of our list, of course, was to see the Aurora Borealis. Second is the Blue Lagoon. And then anything else goes. We found that a lot of the fun tours were not appropriate for the kids given their ages but figured we would plan what we could and wing the rest. Vacation is about having fun, not packing in “stuff” in every moment Continue reading