Reykjavík Day 2 & 3

Trip Start Jul 04, 2011
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Trip End Aug 04, 2011


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Where I stayed
Alex Guesthouse Keflavík
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Salvation Army Guesthouse Reykjavík
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What I did
National Museum of Iceland Reykjavík
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Iceland - Day 2 & 3
We went on a trip with Arctic Adventures - Whitewater rafting followed by the "Golden Circle Tour". A big van picked us up - our guide had a very friendly black lab dog with him. The rafting was very fun! (not too scary!) We accidently ended up sitting at the front of the boat. Our boat missed a turn we were supposed to take and had to wait inside a little canyon for the other boats. Also pretty cool.
After lunch, we drove to Gulfoss, a beautiful big waterfall. I don't really think it's bigger than Niagara Falls, but the Icelanders do! Then we went to Geysir - the original Geysir (the one all the others were named after) doesn't erupt as often anymore, but some of the others are pretty spectactular. (We learned that the water coming out of the geysirs is boiling hot!) We also went to pingvellir, the fields that were home of the original Icelandic parliment starting over 1000 years ago. As the Icelanders say, it's a magical place - really beautiful! Then we went back to the hostel for spaghetti and for a walk around downtown Reykjavik. As we saw, it doesn't really get dark here at all this time of year - it was still perfectly light out at midnight.
Our last day in Reykjavik was more relaxing. We went to see the National Museum of Iceland and learned a lot about Icelandic history. Andrew ate a "hot jalpeno chilli weiner". (Apparently they are a very popular Icelandic thing!) We spent our last night here near the airport at Alex Hostel, Keflavik. It seems to be a pretty quiet place! (The grocery store was closed at 6:30 PM and although the hostel is really nice, the outside looks pretty random with a field and a car rental stuck to the other side of the building...)

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