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Sep
23
2010
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Iceland!

Recently spent 6 nights in Iceland with my girlfriend. Here are some pictures with some info about what's happening in the photo. I'm going to be doing a poker update soon, so there won't be any poker content in this post.

The trip was broken down into roughly 3 parts: Rejkavik, Snafellesnes region and the blue lagoon.

Rejkavik






Famous Rejkavik hotdog stand. I got it with everything on it, but I could only identify 1 of the toppings. Not bad, but the brown sauce was too sweet.



Coffee was really good in Iceland



Caving







Went snorkeling in 4 degree celsius water with dry suits on. Got to wear this big snowsuit like lining underneath the suit. My neck got a bit of water in the seam so it was cold, but it did an impressive job keeping me warm. Water was super clear and really blue. Really fun and definitely a highlight.


Snafellesnes region


We rented a car and drove here from Rejkavik. Really recommend the drive. Scenery is beautiful and the trip includes a super long tunnel through a mountain (~10km!) We stayed at the hotel Budir, which was an amazing hotel built in the middle of nowhere, on a protected nature reserve. The food at the hotel was really well reviewed and was good, but could use more variety for the price.



Amazing view from our private hotel balcony





Sheep wandering around outside the hotel. Iceland has sheep everywhere.



View of Hotel Budir and a church from the road





Hiking in Snafellsnes





Bottomless pit




Blue Lagoon

The blue lagoon is a natural geothermal hot spring and a popular tourist attraction. The water is nice and hot and looks really white because it contains a lot of silica mud. Stayed overnight at the blue lagoon clinic, which had a cool walk-out patio area and a private mini-lagoon. Downside to all of it is that there is a strong sulphur smell everywhere.

Got massages in the waters (no pics of the actual hotspring) which was nice.



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