Iceland in February!

This past winter, Suzie and I went to Iceland to see the Northern lights. We stayed in the Northern Light Inn on a lava field in Southwestern Iceland, very close to the Blue Lagoon. We toured around our corner of the country and spent a few days in Reykjavik as well.

The Blue Lagoon near our hotel

The Blue Lagoon near our hotel

The Blue Lagoon was formed by the runoff from a geo-thermal electricity plant set in a lava field. The runoff contained so much white silica mud that it clogged the pores of the lava and created a shallow warm lagoon. Now it’s a spa and heaven to soak in. As you can see, it’s baby blue set in a landscape of black lava – very dramatic.

The Spa at the Blue Lagoon

The Spa at the Blue Lagoon

The weather at the Blue Lagoon changed every fifteen minutes or so. The sky would be bright blue, then huge hail would fall for a few minutes. Then the sky would be blue again, the rain. Then blue, then snow. All within a couple of hours.

We hired a car and driver who took us on a tour around the Reykyanes peninsula, that is Southwestern Iceland. We visited Gulfoss – a huge waterfall about a third the size of Niagara.

Gulfoss Waterfall

Gulfoss Waterfall

Elan in a Goony Hat near Gulfoss

Elan in a Goony Hat near Gulfoss

Iceland also has the oldest parliament in the world, running for a thousand years. This is the site of the original parliament – the Althing – where Vikings came together to vote.

Site of the Althing

Site of the Althing

Strokkur geyser

Strokkur geyser

Geyser is one of the few words in English that comes from Icelandic. The original Geyser is dormant now, but only a few yards away is Strokkur, which erupts every few minutes.

Reykjavik is the country’s only city, and its historic district resembles a more urban version of Cape May. It’s all Victorian with very similar buildings and gingerbread, only in Iceland the traditional siding is not clapboard by corrugated iron.

Victorian House in Reykyavik

Victorian House in Reykjavic

Amazingly and bizarrely Cape May-ish

Amazingly and bizarrely Cape May-ish

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About Elan and Susan

Elan and Susan try to travel for at least one month a year, and are interested in city life, neighborhoods, local food, architecture and art. They love to linger in exotic places and get to know the place like locals. Elan and Susan have run a bed and breakfast in Cape May New Jersey for over twenty years. Susan's background is in art history. Elan's is in architecture and history . They both love to eat and Elan loves to cook. Together, they have written two books - about Victorian social history and creating period interiors.

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