Iceland Day 1 2018

After narrowing down the destinations from 4 (Paris, Spain, Belize) to Iceland – we embarked on our first visit here with hopes to stay warm, see the northern lights, and get to know Iceland better. We took a direct flight from Denver to Reykjavik and left at 3:35pm Denver time and arrived at 5:55am Reykjavik time. Because of the 7 time zone difference between Denver and Reykjavik – we landed at 10:55pm Denver time on the same day – but it was the next day in Iceland.

Boarding

After clearing customs we found our driver who drove us to the hotel Kron in Reykjavik where we checked in, unpacked, got a quick breakfast at the hotel and then walked to the “H” church for the start of our walking tour.

church

We joined a very international group of people for our 3 hour walking tour around Reykjavik. We learned about the history, (the tour guide was a history major at the U of R), the architecture, weather, geology, and how to stay warm. For anyone who visits we recommend it!

Typical street

TypicalStreet

Some architecture

Building

Shoreline

inside

This was a lake near some of the government buildings:

lake

The Iceland Coat of Arms with a Dragon, Eagle, Giant, and Bull protecting the Island

CoatOfArms

And my favorite – the statue representing all politicians:
The BlockHead

blockhead

After the tour we went to a nearby restaurant and had some delicious local food – seafood and lamb predominate;

Afterwards on our way back to our hotel we stopped by a cinnamon roll place that we spotted/smelled on our way to the start of the walk and made sure they were “ok”.

Tomorrow we head north to Borgarnes and will have a relaxing bath at the Krauma and see a hot spring and some waterfalls.

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