After finals in London, I headed off to Iceland with my friend Pumpkin Spice (not her real name, obviously). On the bus ride to Reykjavik from the airport I fell asleep and she woke me up so I’d stop embarrassing her with my alleged snoring.
We made our way to the Þingholt (Thingholt) Centerhotel and checked in, but with some time to kill before our friend was set to arrive, Pumpkin Spice and I walked around the city and checked out all the little boutique stores. We had dinner at the Priomo Ristorante around the corner of our hotel which had an insanely good lobster bisque and then something to drink at before our other friend showed up.
With our third friend tired and resting at the hotel, Pumpkin Spice and I went to freeze our asses off to see an unimpressive display of aurora borealis. According to our guide, what we saw was fairly mediocre.
Our other friends showed up the next day and checked into a different hotel (it might have been a hostel). We met up with them before we re-explored Reykjavik and went to the Blue Lagoon.
At the geothermal spa, we checked our junk into lockers and showered before going to into the actual lagoon. With snow surrounding us on all sides, the lagoon itself was nice and hot (in certain places, it was too hot so I’d advise a bit of caution). There was also a bar in the lagoon so we had a steady supply of beer while soaking in the silica-rich water.
On the way back from the Blue Lagoon, our bus stopped at the geothermal power station so we could learn about—well, geothermal power. Reykjavik uses geothermal district heating, pumping underground hot water directly to buildings to keep people warm.
The following day, some of us went on a little excursion to see some ice, snow, and a geyser which was nicer than my description and photos might suggest.
So, yeah, Iceland is definitely a worthwhile place to visit.