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July 24, 2015

Two Weeks in Iceland, Day 1: Getting There, The Blue Lagoon & Reykjavik

The adventure of a lifetime.

The travel from Japan to Iceland was fairly smooth & easy. An early wake up in Fukuoka was followed by taxi-ride, subway and a short flight to Tokyo where we connected to a Finnair flight to Helsinki. One night in an Airbnb in Helsinki and we were on our way to Iceland the next morning.

DAY ONE: The Blue Lagoon & Reykjavik
We were greeted at the airport by our driver: a very kind and informative, although sometimes hard to understand, Icelandic fellow who took us to the Blue Lagoon and waited for two hours while Kam and I ticked a huge "to do" off our list.

Seeing photographs online of the Blue Lagoon many years ago was what initially prompted my interest in Iceland. Out-of-this world blue water, naturally warmed and ready to swim in. No matter how packed with tourists this place was, I felt a deep sense of fulfilment to finally see it with my own eyes. We stopped here on our way into Reykjavik after landing at the airport and it was the perfect start to an unforgettable trip.

After being dropped off at our guest house in Reykjavik, we checked in and immediately hit the streets for a stroll through town. Although low on energy we managed to fit in some people watching, ate our first Icelandic hotdog, and got our bearings in the city.

At the famous church Hallgrímskirkja we were treated to a free organ demonstration before making our way up to the church's observation deck for a perfect view of the storybook houses of Iceland's capital.

Next we walked to Harpa to check out the famous concert hall, where we shared a cup of tea and walked around the Old Harbour before heading home (finding a life-saving lamb soup on our way home!)

Even struggling with jet lag and extreme tiredness, we had a perfect first day in Iceland and I fell hard 'n fast for Reykjavik.

To be continued

1 comment:

  1. Each of your blog pos amazes me ! I wish I can go to Iceland since I am 15 so I really enjoyed looking at all the photos you made.