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Iceland:Traveling to Snæfellsjökul (day 2)

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Good Morning Iceland! Everyone is up and ready for a great day. We decide to take a drive up to Snæfellsjökul Glacier about 3 hours hours away from Reyjavik. Everything in Iceland is spread out. With a population of only 323,002 people for the whole island, so are the people.

Decided to start our day our with hot showers and hot coffee. Pee-eww! The water smells and tastes like rotten eggs due to the geothermal heating. Everything has a little bit of sulfur in it, worse when you are close to a major city. The locals assured us that it was safe but we just couldn't get over the taste so decided on bottle water for the rest of the trip. Showers were stinky but we weren’t.

Driving in Iceland is pretty easy. Everyone drives on the right side, the speed limit is mostly 90 k/h.m The scenery everywhere is gorgeous, the sky and water are so blue! You will want to stop off every second. There are plenty of spots to pull over to take pics, relax, or have a picnic. Only problem bathrooms and gas stations are hard to come by, so go when you see one use it. Bring plenty of snacks or lunch.

Once we made it to Snæfellsjökul Glacier, we found the road was impassable. But we got out and explored. We didn’t see the glacier (they suggest doing a tour since they can be unpredictable) But the views were way worth it!

We will definitely need to come to Iceland again for much much longer to check out all it has to offer! Sine everything is far apart you need a few days to just see it all.

Icelandic Air is offering amazing deals, you can stopover for no extra charge on a trip to Europe for up to 5 days. They were so kid friendly each leg of the flights they received complimentary care packages with activities or food. There were free movies for kids and adults, the seats were roomy and cushy! So if you are thinking of going to Europe take advantage of Icelandic Air!

 

 

First stop Iceland! day 1

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After a full day of traveling we arrived in Iceland at 6 am on Tuesday. Tired but full of excitement to check out our first stop, we rolled out of the airport in our manual (yes manual, been at least 20 years since I drove one of those) Hyndaui I10. Freezing and hungry we drove around Reykjanesbær looking for some coffee and breakfast. It is one of the bigger towns in Iceland with about 13,000 people. We found a cute Bakari or bakery only a few minutes away. Ella and miles were a little skeptical at the options as they looked different than things back at home so they stuck to croissants. Sean and I tried a few of the local donuts, delicious! Fun Facts: We couldn't pronounce any town names in Iceland!

After breakfast we headed to our cottage. Only 40 minutes away in the town of Garðabær. It was right on the sea. It was perfect! Quaint, Quiet, not to close to the action but close enough to be there in just a few minutes. We were also told, it was near the Presidents House.

After checking out our new digs, we decide to check out Miles pick for Iceland, the Blue Lagoon. A pool sized hot tub heated with geo thermal heating. It was lots of fun!

After all that swimming everyone was a bit tired and hungry. 2 minutes into the ride the kids were out! We decided to check out some Icelandic hot dogs, which everyone had been talking about. Sean ran out to grab the takeaway(English for to go) I tried out the Icelandic mustard which was similar to a honey mustard. We ate in the parking lot just barely waking Miles up, but he still managed to devour half his dog.

Once we finally arrived back at our cottage Sean and Miles were out! The traveling and jet lag got to both of them. Ella and I checked out the beach at the end of the block. There were some great Icelandic horses there.  After a full day of traveling, sightseeing, it was time to hit the hay.. at 8pm local time the sun was still high in the sky, it eventually would set at 10pm just to rise again at.