Iceland, part 1

The most reasonable tickets I could find were with Icelandair, which I didn’t even know existed until the special showed up on an e-mail I got listing the best sales of the week. The airline allowed guests to extend their stopover in Iceland for up to 7 days at no additional charge, so we decided, “Why not?”. What an incredible experience! We only extended our stopover by 24 hours, but we definitely could have stayed much longer!

We flew into Keflavik, rented a car, & drove to Reykjavik. The landscape is spectacular!

Beautiful mountains on our way to Reykjavik

Rolling hills & more mountains off in the distance

The lodging we found was a tiny studio apartment, which was a perfect fit for us! While Micah was checking in he was told that our apartment was located right next to the local prison! The town was pretty small, though, so our guess is that the prison is not terribly full & those in there are probably in trouble for too much partying!

We walked down to the Harbor

For dinner we ate at Iceland’s most popular restaurant, Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur – a hotdog stand! I’m not joking – they even had a picture of Bill Clinton eating here!

They were pretty good! If you ordered the works it came with something similar to French’s fried onions, fresh onions, sweet mustard, & a mayonnaise-based sauce.

We walked around a bit after dinner & it was COLD!!! It was right around 10 degrees celsius (50 degrees fahrenheit) & I had packed for summer weather in Kandern! We bundled up as best we could, but we spent a lot of the time we were outside feeling cold!

The main church, Hallgrímskirkja, looked impressive that night as we walked around town!

Micah got to accomplish one of the items on his bucket list: Midnight golf! You can make a tee time for as late as 9 p.m. so you are still playing at midnight. 

Micah said that the sun did end up dipping below the horizon around 11:30 p.m.  & from then on until it just looked like dusk.  (Although, not for long as the internet says that sunrise happened close to 3 a.m.!)


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