Iceland was short and sweet--which was probably for the best given that it was our last stop and we were ready to head home. :) We walked through town on the way to our hostel after our 45 minute bus ride from the airport. (Note: Reykjavik is not close to KEF!) I was already so excited to be in Iceland and the area was so gorgeous.
Our hostel was actually in a renovated biscuit factory (and made Buzzfeed's 19 Incredible Hostels!) and was right on the water. Iceland is fairly expensive considering how small it is, so we hit up the grocery store for dinner after wandering around downtown a little bit.
The next morning, we went on the Golden Circle tour. Since it was the end of our trip, we decided it was easier to just book tours for both days so we didn't have to worry about transportation or figuring things out on our own. Totally. Worth. It.
Our tour took us more inland than Reykjavik. We visited Thingvellir National Park, which is where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet--and are slowly drifting apart! We started on the North American plate and crossed over the Eurasian. It was so cool!
After this, we visited Gullfoss (Golden Falls). It's part of the Hvítá River and comes from the lake of the Langjökull glacier. It was really cool. We also ate traditional Icelandic food at the falls--lamb and vegetable stew. I'm not usually a big fan of lamb, but the soup was excellent.
We then visited a geyser park. It was chilly outside, so we had a good time warming up in geyser steam. Only in Iceland?
Since the next day was the last of our trip, we spent it relaxing in the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal hot spring, heated by one of the many volcanoes in the region. The water is so warm and it was the perfect way to end such an amazing trip.
We woke up at 2am the night before we left to see the never-setting sun and it did. not. disappoint.
Fortunately, our flights home a few hours later were fairly uneventful, but there was a short period where Alyssa and I thought we didn't have tickets from Toronto to Charlotte. We did and my first American food in nearly two months was Bojangles. Happy birthday, America.
This was truly an incredible trip and I am so thankful to have had the chance to see so much of our world. It's crazy to think how much closer I am now with all of these girls and I can't wait to see what we get up to next.
Thanks for following along on my travels!
All the love.