On a High Note

Time to get out of the city! Rent a car, take a bus tour, anything! Iceland is so much more than Reykjavik. 

Check out the Golden Circle. It’s a 300km loop that gives you a taste of Iceland’s natural wonders. Still not convinced? Check this out:

Our first stop was in Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park to see the North American and Eurasian tectonic rift.

North American side

The water here comes from the nearby glacier and is extremely clear. If you’re up for a more extreme adventure, you can snorkel or scuba dive between the tectonic plates. 

Too cold for me

Next up was Haukadalur (falcon valley) which is an active geothermal area. 

Strokkur geyser erupts every 10-20 minutes

Boiling hot spring

Locals used to wash their clothes in The hot springs, though that practice has disappeared due to preservation efforts. Although, most homes and businesses in Iceland use geothermal energy for heat and power. 

From there, we took a longer drive out to Gullfoss waterfall, the tallest in Europe. Bundle up, it’s windy and the spray from the falls is enough to soak you all the way through if you get too close. 

Top of the viewing area

Make sure you don’t skip this one. It’s a seriously impressive sight. 

Our last stop, and possibly my favorite, was Fontana Wellness geothermal baths. 

Scandanavian bathing culture is similar to what we’ve discussed previously when I went to Japan, with a few key differences.

Men and women have separate locker rooms where you shower (get fully clean, don’t just rinse) naked. 

Afterwards, you put on your bathing suit and make your way to the co-ed areas. Steam rooms, saunas, pools of varying temperatures, and in this case, a lake to cool off in. 

There’s even the option to have lunch or grab a drink if you want to make a whole day out of it! 

We were also able to see how people used the steam from the ground to bake bread. 

Bury the dough for 24 hours

And enjoy

Is there a way to feel both exhausted and completely refreshed? Because I think we’re there. 


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