Hey y’all!! Check out this Guest Post from blogger friend Alex Clegg! He’s a student at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Alex has written a post on his time in Iceland!! Hope y’all check it out and go have a look at his blog too.
Thanks Alex for contributing! 🙂
In August of 2013, I had the amazing opportunity to go to Iceland, the “land that everyone wants to visit, but whom rarely do“. Yes, I just quoted myself. Anywho, thanks to the stayover program by Icelandair, I was able to have an extended layover in Reykjavik. Although I wasn’t there for long, I definitely made the most of it.
Most flights that arrive into Keflavik from the United States arrive in the early hours of the morning. For me, it was at 5:00 am on a Sunday morning. I was there so early that I passed a few Icelanders stumbling home from the night before. But, I made the best that I could, and wandered around town.
I wandered from Hallgrímskirkja (don’t ask me how to pronounce that)
all the way down to the coast and along the bike path that lined the shore. I stumbled upon some cool architecture along the way.
Then, using the map I had gotten from the hostel, I ventured to the art garden.
I even made a stop to the worlds largest Phallological Museum. For those of you who are unaware, phallological means penis. It was a penis museum.
As you can imagine, by the end of the day I was BEAT! I was soo freakin’ tired. I think I went to bed around 8:00 pm or so. There goes my night in the notoriously party-friendly city.
Everyone always sees the pictures, or reads the articles, about THE Blue Lagoon. The next morning I meandered over to the information “store” (I would say booth, but it has an actual establishment) and I purchased my entrance and bus ticket package to the geothermal spa.
The bus ride was about an hour or so long, but the time flew. I was never at a lack of a view. The landscape of Iceland was like nothing I had ever seen. The rocky topography was as if it had just solidified from flowing out of a volcano (which, in the big picture, had happened!).
When we arrived at THE Blue Lagoon… it was a tourist trap if I had ever seen one! Yep, sorry to disappoint, not as authentic as you would imagine! I’m pretty sure there were more Chinese visitors than there were native Icelandic. But! None-the-less, it was awesome. The facilities were awesome, the people were friendly, and surprisingly, the aroma was pretty outstanding (not something I would expect from a place that’s goal is to make you sweat).
All around the edges of the pool were bars, which I suggest you take advantage of, and stations full of “lava mud”. I don’t know exactly what the substance was, but supposedly it’s great for the skin. I just thought it looked cool. What do you think?
I guess she thought it was a little weird..
Besides the lagoon, the spa also had massages (those were extra), a steam shower, a sauna (which I’m actually addicted too thanks to Finland, but that’s another story), and a fully stocked shower/self grooming station. It’s very easy to spend the entire day here.
My experience in Iceland was one that was unforgettable. That being said, there was a lot I missed out on. As I tell anyone who is considering going to Iceland, go there for Iceland. Go there prepared. Have hiking boots, have warm clothes, have heaps amount of money because all the great Icelandic things that you really want to do require all three of those.
Glaciers cover a large portion of the country, and there are a whole bunch of companies that are willing to take you there. I wish I had the opportunity to go glacier walking or snow shoeing or snow mobiling. I wish I could have gone hiking along some of the fjords or go rock climbing. My time was limited and my equipment was not adequate.
I loved Iceland and I loved the whole nordic, independent vibe. I would DEFINITELY go again, and I hope I don’t have to wait long for that opportunity to arise.