The Natural Wonders of Iceland

From our base point in Reykjavik, we traveled to some of the most famous natural wonders in Iceland: Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Skogafoss (“foss” = waterfall in Icelandic), Thingvellir National Park, the basalt cliffs in Vik, and Midlina, the point in which the European and North American continents are pulling apart.  It has been a whirlwind trip!  Although the country is beautifully lush and green, we are excited to fly back south to sunnier, warmer weather.

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Reykjavic Adventures – Whale Watching & The Blue Lagoon

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We’ve officially made it to Iceland, our 30th country since this Olmsted Scholar experience began (almost) two years ago.  It’s been quite an incredible journey.  After leaving our car in Oslo, we booked a late flight into Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.  Our first day, we took a tour with Elding Whale Watching, the oldest company of its kind in the city.  We changed our 10.00 reservation to 14.00 after suffering an unexpectedly acute case of jet lag and the weather was nearly perfect. We had clear skies and although it was a bit (a lot!) brisk, the whale guide commented it was the most active the dolphins and whales had been in some time.  We lucked out!  Unfortunately, our second day in Iceland turned out to be pretty crappy weather-wise.  In order to make up for this, we took the bus (which Bobby was amazed was equipped with wifi) to the Blue Lagoon, where the water is warm, no matter the temperature outside.

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