Adventures in Reykjavik

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Let the adventures begin.

My favorite aspect of traveling is the chance to do crazy, amazing stuff that you didn't know was an option, often with little to no idea of what to expect. This type of adventure can be a little scary when you first start traveling, but I find that the things I do in this context end up being my most treasured memories. Our time in Reykjavik gave us a great start to these adventures. On our bus tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula when we landed in Iceland, we looked for new lambs among the volcanic boulders along the way. We sang our band hymn in a tiny church (complete with hanging boats) built when stone masonry first started in Iceland. At a huge geothermal power plant, we ran in the rain as we wove through white-out conditions from the hot spring steam. We bathed in the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spring with water so rich with minerals that you couldn't see more than 3 inches down.

In Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, we had lots of free time to explore the city. The sun set (incompletely) around 11pm and came back up around 3:30am, so our energy and drive to explore kept up for long hours each day. We split into groups and struck out through the small but diversely packed city. On the first night, my group roamed around and found a hipster/electronica neighborhood bar recommended by someone's Icelandic friend at home. It was cozy and fun, but gave us an abrupt introduction to prices in Iceland. After a short stop, we couldn't picture turning in with so much beautiful light left. Iceland's biggest church was just up the hill, so we trekked up to look at it and its accompanying Leif Erikson statue lit up in the dusky yellow light of Reykjavik's evenings. It's an odd feeling to see a nearly full moon high in the sky before sunset. We went up the bell tower the next day for a 360 degree view of the city, when light hit the church from the opposite direction. That day, another group ate at Reykjavik's most famous restaurant: a hotdog stand where Bill Clinton ate. Reykjavik has lots of eclectic attractions like this. The city area is home to about 200,000 of Iceland's 320,000 inhabitants, so it has all of the amenities and diversity of a capital city, but its small size gives it the character and feel of a small town.

We've had at lot of fun exploring Iceland, and we can't wait to see Norway. Stay tuned for adventures from Bergen!