Finally a last stop off in Reykjavik on Thursday for two days before heading back home on Saturday to pick up Gary. Sites to see include Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa (even bigger outdoor hot tub), Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss (Golden Falls), Geysir, Samba Sushi, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, Solfar (The Sun Voyager) Sculpture (shown above), Home of the president of Iceland, Perlan (The Pearl), Hallgrimskirkja (Church of Iceland), Valhalla (just kidding).
We said farewell to Mark, boarded our plane and three hours later landed safely in Iceland late Thursday night. A little wandering around and a short 45 minute bus ride later we were at our hotel in Reykjavik by 2 am.
After a relaxing morning at the spa we made our way via another bus to Thingvellir National Park. The wind and cold was pretty extreme at times and the sun never rose much above the horizon all day. It was pure Iceland and it was amazing.
We then proceeded to Geysir aka The Great Geysir. Similar to Old Faithful, Geysir was erupting every four minutes just like clockwork. Although not as tall and massive as Old Faithful, the extreme conditions made it seem even more powerful.
We decided it would only be fitting for our final dinner in Europe to be sushi. The trendy and upscale Samba Sushi proved to be a great choice. Not only did we get to enjoy unbelievable sushi but we had a chance to mingle with some of the hippest young professionals of Reykjavik. Apparently Reykjavik is the northern most nation’s capital in the world. Iceland is also the newest European country and one of the five Northern European countries that include Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Iceland.
We then continued along the shores of the Greenland Sea to the Solfar Sculpture commonly referred to as The Sun Voyager. This sculpture by Jon Gunnar Arnanson was erected in 1990 and is one of the most artistic and iconic displays within the city of Reykjavik (Kevin’s personal favorite).
Our first stop was at the home of the president of Iceland. This is one of the oldest homes in Reykjavik and was built by the Danish. Iceland was first settled by Vikings in 871 A.D. and until recently was part of the Danish kingdom.
Our next stop of the tour was Perlan. Perlan, referred to as The Pearl, is a large glass dome structure built on top of five large water tanks that sit on top of a large hill. Perlan contains a shop, cafeteria and five star restaurant inside the multistory dome.
Our last stop of the tour was Hallgrimskirkja. It is the Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church of Reykjavik and the largest church in Iceland. Apparently it is not technically a cathedral but it sure looks like one.
So concludes our two week holiday…oops…vacation to Europe. We had an absolutely amazing time filled with so many wonderful memories that we will certainly cherish for the rest of our lives. We are already looking forward to the next great adventure abroad. Check back soon! Love Kevin, Tina & GARY