We Made It!

We made it

My mom and I have officially begun our Iceland adventure. Traveling from Minneapolis to New York, we left JFK airport with minimal delay considering the airport was recovering from the “bomb cyclone” that hit the East Coast. I was have never seen so many airplanes on the runway lined up to go, it looked like a parade of planes.

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I am happy to report that we have made it in one piece. The scenery is breath taking, with both of us agreeing it looks and feels like nothing we have ever seen before. Of what we have seen so far, the landscape is made up of moss covered rocks. While walking one almost expects little trolls to peek out.

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Our first excursion was to the Blue Lagoon. Taking a shuttle right from the airport, we arrived at one of the 25 wonders of the world. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.

IMG_7299We had a great time at the Blue Lagoon. The whole experience was a bit surreal, possibly heighten due to the fact that I had less than 6 hours of sleep in the previous 48 hours. The spa is hidden among the rocky landscape, with the architecture of the building blending in beautifully. After changing into a swimsuit you enter the warm pool. The water temperature fluctuates within the pool but is generally in the range of 99-102 degrees Fahrenheit. With the air temperature being in the 30s, the pool is constantly covered in a wave of steamy mist. At times the mist is so thick you can barely see the person next to you but then the breeze shifts and you can see the tall mountains in the distance.

The water at the Blue Lagoon is a light whitish blue color. According to the Blue Lagoons numerous informational signs and website, this is due to the unique water composition which features three active ingredients – Silica, Algae, & Minerals. The water gets it’s color from the silica and the way it reflects the sun.

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(Photos not from spa area, but surrounding landscape)

We were lucky enough to visit while it was still light out. While we are here we will only have five hours of day light. The sun rises around 11 AM and sets at about 4 PM each day. This makes the afternoons no different then home but the mornings much darker. For comparison, in Minnesota I was used to about 9 hours of daylight. I am curious to see how my body reacts to the sudden change. Since I am a night owl, maybe I won’t mind the dark as much.

Overall our trip has started off great! I will post more soon

 

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