Iceland part 2 – Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon & the (shy) Northern Lights

I’ve not done a proper post in ages and as the big trip is officially booked it’s about time I got back into the swing of it, it’s been over a year since uni finished too – I could definitely do with the practice! So it’s time to revisit good old Iceland, this time concentrating on Reykjavik.

To see Iceland’s capital we joined a walking tour, it’s always a good idea to have a local guide tell you about their city. We met outside Iceland’s parliament building which compared to most I’ve seen is very modest. It was also lacking in the security you’d see in bigger countries too – peaceful, trustworthy little Iceland.

How can this be a country’s parliament building?!

We wandered around Reykjavik for a while hearing stories about the city and the country, the most interesting one being about a boulder that couldn’t be moved and people believed it was guarded by fairies – some kind of fairy specialist was called in to analyse the rock… crazy Icelandic people.

We finished the tour at the lake, or maybe it’s a pond, either way it’s very picturesque. The buildings around Reykjavik all seem to be painted in nice pastel colours, perhaps this is an attempt to lift spirits during those dark winter months.SONY DSC
Afterwards we headed towards the unique Hallgrimskirkja (yes! I got the spelling right). The church is an interesting piece of architecture, my mum likened it to a spaceship when I showed her our pictures. We went up the tower to see Reykjavik from above, once again the colourful buildings really brighten up the city.

Reykjavik’s a pleasant little city but there aren’t endless things to see, as I said in ‘Iceland part 1’ most of the main attractions are outside of the city itself. Such as the Blue Lagoon…
The Blue Lagoon is another must-do activity whilst in Iceland, we were just about the first ones to arrive and it didn’t disappoint. Being in an outside pool whilst you’re in Iceland in February is quite surreal. A hailstorm hit us, you literally couldn’t see more than a few feet in front of you and your skin was being stung the whole time but the nice warm water was there to save you. It’s expensive but a great experience, we stayed in there for hours. I don’t think you can go to Iceland and not do the Blue Lagoon.
Before we even arrived we had booked to join a Northern Lights tour, sadly the weather wasn’t suitable on the first night due to the cloudy weather. This happened on night number 2, 3 and so on… However! On our final night we were in luck, the tour was ON. We were picked up from our hostel and off we went in search of those beautiful majestic lights. Sadly they never really appeared. We stopped a couple of times, a green tinge flickered in the sky at one point and we all got our hopes up but nothing really came of it. The guides have perfected the art of capturing the lights on their cameras so their images made them out to be impressive, sadly our eyes didn’t see them this way. Oh well, it just means another trip to Scandinavia has to happen – maybe Norway next time!

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