Visiting Iceland was something that happened so randomly. My coworkers were talking about visiting the famous Blue Lagoon and I remember blurting "where the heck is that!" they showed me a picture of it and I was automatically excited and signed myself up to travel with them that weekend (which was two days away).
On this specific trip we had to first fly to LGA for a connection and then head towards JFK to take the flight to Iceland which was approximately a 6 hour flight. Connecting from one airport to another was definitely not a fun idea but it was my first time going to the city and actually leaving the airport so I was a tad bit excited for that... although I learned that from LGA to JFK theirs absolutely nothing to sight-see but traffic, so joke was on me!
That flight in particular went rather smoothly I sat next to one of my coworkers and we toasted to this adventure with a Heineken beer. The location of this particular airport makes you feel as if you're literally landing in the middle of nowhere because all that surrounds it is just rocks... kind of like pictures you see of astronauts arriving to the moon, haha okay maybe i'm exaggerating a little but those were my exact thoughts "where did I just land?!"
First thing we did upon arriving was rent a car and we proceeded to go to our hotel (I do not remember the name of it). Driving out of the airport towards the hotel was not a hard task because for one the car came with a GPS (thank God!) and well the streets were pretty darn simple, you either kept going straight forward or turn the car around LOL. However, our first stop prior to the hotel was for food! Like typical confused tourists we did what most people do and stopped to eat something that felt like home, in our case it was KFC, haha do not judge. The meal system however did work slightly different .. I ordered what I thought was a meal and literally just got a piece of chicken, so I was definitely still hungry!
The hotel we picked was particularly small but cozy we were not too far from the city and a 20 minute drive from the Blue Lagoon. Upon arriving we were pretty much all out of cell phone batteries and to our surprise ... Europe power outlets are NOT the same as the kind we use here in the U.S so that meant no hair-straightener for me! Thankfully, one of they guys had a portable charger so our phones were able to get some juice!
I'm not sure if it was just during the time we were there but I remember it being past 10PM and it was still not dark outside, we were all impressed. That same night me and the guys went out to check out the Iceland nightlife and I was amazed. It was a lot of fun going from one bar to another (drinking age in Iceland is 20). The people there were extremely good looking and incredibly friendly. Their was a variety of places for all types of people and all of the bars were insanely packed, after all it was Friday night!
The following day we proceeded with our plan to visit the Blue Lagoon and while we almost got lost we arrived to the breathtaking location! They offer a variety of packages and we all got the Comfort package which offered a towel, a face mask, and a first drink on the house. Their was a bar in the middle of the lagoon so that was convenient! It was actually very cold in Iceland in May but the beauty of this Lagoon is that it is heated so the hardest part was leaving your towel behind and walking into the lagoon for those quick seconds. However, once in the water it felt like heaven on earth! We all got our complimentary drinks from the bar and they were pretty great if I remember correctly. The water felt so perfect and the view was spectacular, it was like a dream, good thing I took pictures other than that I would have never believed myself that I was ever there. The only thing I remember not being fond of was the fact that you were only allowed to purchase three drinks from the bar... possibly for our own safety.
One of the other things I recall was the dressing/shower rooms... these girls don't care they were literally walking around naked. Talk about culture shock!!
Upon leaving the Blue Lagoon, we decided to try something more authentic food wise and we ended up at a very nice restaurant that had a beautiful view of the city. We all ordered different meals and we were all so pleased with the results. The remainder of the day consisted of sightseeing and touring the city. Considering that we were only there for two days our flight was set to depart the next day (Sunday morning).
Iceland had so much to offer I wish we could of stayed longer but unfortunately we all had work Monday morning. I would definitely go back to Iceland in the future and I'd definitely recommend this city for anyone looking for a peaceful beautiful destination! It's a city that is not so common for travelers but it's definitely underrated!
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