Check Yourself Before You Reykjavik Yourself

What’s up peoples? Long time no chat. We have been busy jet setting, limousine riding, wheeling and dealing! Not really but I have been traveling a lot and finally have some down time to share the adventures with all of you.

Puffins! (*No Puffins were harmed in the making of this blog post)

I took an overnight flight so that we would be in Reykjavik in the morning. Or at least I thought it would be morning. Come 9 am, it looked as if it was midnight. I didn’t see daylight until 11 am! We had a good 6 hours of light until we were plunged back in to the darkness. It was actually pretty cool because there was snow everywhere making it a being in a snow globe in the dark.

Don’t like the weather in Iceland? Wait five minutes. That is what all the locals said regarding how often the weather changes. We saw that first hand when traveling around the Golden Circle. One minute we would have clear skies with beautiful views and the next minute we would be in a blizzard fighting for our lives.

Went to take a photo and…blizzard! Where’s a Tauntaun when you need one?

Well maybe not fighting for them but man it would get super cold.

What’s the Golden Circle? It’s not the movie where the spy who has a secret spy base in a tailor shop. It’s a couple of cool things that you can drive to and see! Thingvellir, a national park is home to where people can stand where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. You remember learning about plates in middle school right? Keep going and you can see Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the most popular attractions in Iceland! Rounding out the trip is a geyser named….wait for it Geysir!

Now unfortunately Geysir has not erupted in some time but it’s cousin Strokkur erupts every 6 to 10 minutes and can reach up to 40 meters high! Only bad thing about the trip was a snowstorm came up on our way home and we had to take a 3 hour detour to get home!

#NoFilter Perfect lighting around the buildings and natural light for a sweet pic!

Nothing better than a facial, right? Exactly! Check this out…. Iceland is basically run on renewable energy. They have a geothermal plant and in 1976 a pool from the waste water formed. Naturally people saw this and said “Hey we should bath in that!” In 1992 the Blue Lagoon Company was created and the rest is history.

#Treatyoself Some times you need a little me time.

Now people come from all over the world to bath in the man made lagoon. They say it has “healing properties” but it a bit debated on whether that is true or not. What I can say is that, after spending an hour in the lagoon, I did feel pretty great. That and the awesome silica mud mask I got really did make my face go from the dried out mess from the wind to being as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

Portrait mode has never made me look so good. The Blue Lagoon in the background helps too.

I didn’t know what to expect in terms of cuisine from Iceland. There were lots of fine dining establishments in downtown that were definitely worth the price paid for the meal. We tried a lot of places but I think that Apotek Restaurant was hands down the best place to enjoy a night with the misses (or whoever you want to impress with quality cuisine of course).

Top: Pan fired Ling with broccoli Left: Lamb with roasted cauliflower Right : Skyr cake with fresh berries and skyr ice cream

If fine fining isn’t your thing you are still in lunch for good food. You can go grab a hot dog at the world famous Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur stand. It literally translates to “the best hotdog in town”. They became more globally known after Pres. Bill Clinton found himself in need of one, pushing past his Secret Service team to get a bite. He had his with only mustard but I would say you need to get it will all the fixings (gum needed after haha).

Lamb based hotdog with ketchup, mustart, fried and raw onion, and remoulade.

Walking the streets there were many posters up of different figures from history with the words “Historically Dating” above them. We didn’t ask the who what and why for these posters but you can’t deny the coolness of this.

Hipster JFK (easy to guess who is on his shirt right?)

Iceland, while small, is huge with culture, dining, and adventure. If you needed a reason to go I hope I have shared enough with you to make you take the leap. Just make sure to pack some heavy winter gear.

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