We saved the best for last on our road trip- On this part of the trip we visited Jökulsárlón, the most beautiful place in Iceland.
I was so sad to leave Iceland after such an unbelievable week of beauty and adventure. It was a blessing that our last days were also our favorites. We had spent the night in Höfn at the Bakki Guesthouse, which sadly is no longer open. Our day began with a trip to Jökulsárlón, a glacier lake. I cannot describe how incredibly beautiful I found this place- one of my favorite places in the world. We took a amphibian boat ride through the lake to get right next to the large chunks of ice calving off the huge Breiðamerkurjökull glacier.
While you are on the boat, you will hear the loud rumbling of the glaciers breaking. The icebergs floating reflect a kaleidoscopic rainbow from the sky, water and snow. We went in the late afternoon and the light reflection was perfect.
The icebergs then float down a river, under a bridge and then out to sea. There you can inspect them up close. It was stunning to see the icebergs floating on the waves.
After the sun set, we headed on our longest straight drive back toward Reykjavik. We stopped for dinner and exploring in Vik and had one of our most fun meals. We tried horse, which was like steak. But my favorite thing was a “Lava Dessert” which was just like Iceland- so unique, different and reactive. It had something cold (ice cream), something that looked like black ash (a hard meringue) and something eruptive (pop rocks). Super fun and unique! A word about my food experiences in Iceland- I found the food to be fresh and delicious- much different from I had expected based on guide books. I am a foodie and was afraid I would not have a good food experience, but was absolutely wrong. I especially loved the discovery of langoustine, a small,lobster-like crustacean, which I dined on at every possible meal there. In the states, I don’t usually care for lamb, but it in Iceland was really good. Also, worth trying is the Skyrr (yogurt) and gas station hot dogs– very unique steamed dogs made of lamb, pork and beef.
We arrived late that evening at the Frost and Fire Inn. We liked the hotel for its great location in nature, but close to Reykjavik, and its value. The rooms were acceptable with a lovely jacuzzi tub nearby to enjoy the clear, starry night. A large breakfast buffet was also included and we had fun cooking our eggs in a natural steam vent.
We spent the next morning before our flight home at the famous Blue Lagoon Spa. Although the baths are not natural, the geothermally heated water is. It is quite crowded and touristy and you need to put a lot of conditioner on your hair and a shower cap or it will feel yucky for quite a while, but one experience here was a must do. We signed up for a massage and a little woman brought me into the water. I was suspect about what this experience could be like as it was pretty cold outside the water and I hate massages where I am cold. It was amazing! They are really skilled at this and I would list it as one of my favorite spa treatments of all times. You float on a mat and are always submerged in the hot water and they massage all the required body parts and you don’t even have to turn over like in a traditional massage.
We also explored this Peninsula around the airport before leaving. It is flat with low bushes, desolate in a other-wordly sort of way. The power of the waves astonished me in a way I have never experienced. Here you can also find carcasses of boats long ago washed onto shore from unbelievable distances.
My trip to Iceland was a dream that I am so happy to have had. I would recommend it going on everyone’s bucket list and I would love to return to SCUBA at Pingvellir and to go ice caving. Hopefully one day soon. Check out the rest of my Iceland articles.
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