Landing at 6 am in Reykjavik, the sun still hasn’t come up. Got to the hotel around 8 am, dropped my stuff off, took a 2 hr nap, then got up and ready to explore Iceland. First I wanted to go have lunch at the Lobsterhouse, click here for my Lobsterhouse review. After lunch I decided to explore the one street in Reykjavik that looks like a little town. It is a pretty long street and I saw tons of nice stores and pretty things. I also saw their grocery store called Bonus. The cool thing about this grocery store is that they have a walk in refrigerator where they store anything and everything that needs to be refrigerated. I decided to buy a few bottles of water and a bag of buggle chips. Then I walked into cute shops to see what I can buy as souvenirs, but quickly noticed that Iceland is pretty expensive! My lunch cost me about $60, anything with their famous wool is $100 or above, the only things that are cheap would be their supermarket foods. However, everything is clean, fresh, good service, etc…
Before I got to Iceland, I had my itinerary all set. So arriving on Friday, I had already booked the Northern Light sight-seeing. I got on the bus at 7:45 pm got to the destination around 9 pm and saw nothing. There was way too many clouds (dammit!). Northern lights are on my bucket list so this means I have to come back to Iceland or go to another country with Norther lights. First night excursion was a disappointment. Got back to my hotel around 11 pm where everything is already closed, EXCEPT, a small grocery store. So I went in and bought a sandwich and a coke, proceeded to the counter, and the guy at the counter asked how I liked Iceland so far and I said loving the landscape and views. Then he said have you visited the penis museum. I was in shock that he said it, but I guess in Iceland people are very open and free. I said no not yet, but may do it if I have the time. He said it is a must! LOL AND it was next door to the grocery store and across the street from my hotel. I said thank you for the recommendation. Never went.
Saturday was a free day for me, so I met some lone travelers during my Northern Lights excursion and we decided to explore Reykjavik and walk all over the place. We went to a little bookstore / Coffee shop for breakfast. I had a Ham, Egg and Cheese croissant. I noticed that their egg is hard-boiled and cut up in slices in the sandwich. (unlike ours is usually omelette style). Not sure if I like sliced hard-boiled eggs in my sandwich. So for the first time ever, I walked on a frozen lake. Super scary, but I saw a whole bunch of ducks and swans walking on it and people in the middle of the lake. So I decided to walk on it too, near the edge in case I have to run back. I took some pictures then looked down and saw some cracks in the ice. HA, that was my cue to leave! So I walked off the lake and said my goodbyes to the swans (note to self, bring bread for them next time). Then we walked to the Church. It is a very modern church. Very pretty, but for my taste, I prefer Notre Dame. This one was just too modern for me. (see my pics and you’ll understand). Although it was very pretty. For lunch, we went to Noodle Station and spent $16 for a bowl of noodles that is not up to my standards at all! See my review here. We also went to their Flea Market. It was very similar to all the other typical flea markets, but indoors. They had a food section and I found a guy selling packaged raw salmon. I love salmon so much that I bought a small pack to eat for dinner. Then I saw a man who was selling carved whale’s tooth (he gets the tooth from the dead whales). I saw a super cute small piece that I wanted to buy. At first I thought he was saying 4500 Icelandic which would be around $45. So I said I would think about it, then I returned to buy it, I gave him my card, he went and swiped the card but thank god the reception wasn’t great so it didn’t go thru. Then for some reason, I asked what was the price? He said 45000 ISK. HOLLY MOLLY! I almost bought a $450 whales tooth carving. My heart jumped out and I thanked him and told him sorry I misunderstood. NO WAY! too expensive. Literally, TOOO EXPENSIVE.
Sunday, my Golden Circle Day!!!! Woke up at 6 am to get picked up by 7 am. Very nasty day, rainy and cold, ugh. Saw the National Park first and liked the landscape view, then went to the waterfalls. There was lunch for purchase there and I bought a bowl of creamy asparagus soup and mozzarella, tomato sandwich. It was absolutely delicious, especially when you dip the sandwich in the soup. I attempted in trying their lamb soup but I couldn’t take the smell. I never liked Lamb but I was told that Icelandic people cook their lamb a different way, and that it was less gamy. Well… the smell was already gamy however, the gamy smell wasn’t strong. So if you are ok with mild gamy taste and smell, then the bowl of Lamb soup is a must try ( I heard various yumms and loves). I was satisfied with my lunch. Went my way to the waterfalls… got super wet and cold but the water fall was absolutely stunning. I nearly cried. Next part was the hot pond where you can watch it shoot up. As I walked towards the big hot pond, it shot up twice!!! but didn’t get the chance to film it. Sorry! But I do have shots of the little one bubbling.
Monday, my spa day at the Blue Lagoon!!! Arrived at the Blue Lagoon at 9 am. Got in fine. I got my wrist band that opens my locker and can be used as a credit card to shop for anything on site. Walked in the locker room and showered and changed. Walked to the common area and was getting ready to take off my robe and a chilly wind came to me. Holly Molly! But I had to do it. So I walked out and hung up my rob in the cold and walked my way into the blue lagoon. The water temperature was awesome. The only thing cold is my head. So I got a little bored, and decided to get out and go to the resting area to relax. Lunch time came and I had a reservation at the Lava Restaurant. Click here to see the review for the Lava Restaurant in Blue Lagoon. After lunch, I decided to go to the Blue Lagoon a different way, a less cold way to explore the Lagoon more. I found a cave and hung out there a bit. Then found a waterfall and got under there for a quick shoulder massage. Then finally found the mask bar where I can get my face masked with their famous Silica Mud Mask and their Seaweed Mask. You have to do the Silica Mask first for 10 minutes (depending on how sensitive your skin is). My skin is pretty sensitive and I left the mask on for 10 minutes. Then washed the mask off with the lagoon water and put on the Seaweed Mask (this one is special and may or may not come with your package so check, but you can also pay extra 3 euro to buy this mask). After 10 minutes, washed the seaweed mask off. To be honest, I didn’t feel much difference. I’ve felt more difference with other masks that I’ve used, but these two did not do much for me. So I decided not to buy any to take home. Finally, 4:30 pm was my appointment for my signature spa package, which is scrub, wrap and massage. The whole thing takes place in the water which is something very different for me. My therapist is a big guy so I know I will get a good massage. =) He scrubbed my body down, then was getting ready to wrap me in a giant plastic bag. Yikes! So I let him do it. And then he proceeded to tell me that my neck pillow and a noodle under my knees are the only thing that will keep me up floating on the water. I said ok fine, no biggie. He ties me up in the plastic bag, and lets me off floating around in the warm water. At first, it was nice, but then, my mind started wandering. I started to think what if there’s a shooting around here, I would be tied up in a bag, then what happens if there’s a fire, then 20 minutes into this plastic bag and floating thing… I panicked. He always checked in and asked me if I was ok. But this last time, I said: “I need to breath!” Then my feet started to flutter because I wanted to stand up. As soon as he saw my feel flutter, he tells me in the calmest and most laid back voice: “ok, I’m going to take you out of the bag, but you must let me do it otherwise unpleasant things can happen.” As soon as his calm voice came to me, I calmed down and just let him do what he needed to do. Last but not least was the massage, it was very good. I was actually the last to leave in the dark, in the lagoon! Oh did I mention while I was in the lagoon, it snowed a few times? How cool was that?! Even with my little panic, I thought this was an awesome experience. I would come back for a massage but probably not the wrap with the giant plastic bag. It was too claustrophobic for me. (didn’t realize I had this phobia). This was my last day in Iceland and what a relaxing and amazing day it was!!!
Overall, my experience in Iceland was amazing. A few things to know is, restaurant food is expensive. If you are on a budget, buy sandwich stuff at the supermarket BONUS to save money. Shopping is expensive, so for souvenirs I bought their bars of chocolate for $4 each. I did buy a bottle of their 64 degree Reykjavik Distillery alcohol for my father. Do go with the company Reykjavik Excursions for any of the excursions you are interested in because they speak perfect English and will take you to your hotel door if you are in the center of Reykjavik city. They are very service oriented so tipping is ok to do.
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