Iceland is an amazing island filled with bubbling volcanoes and icy glaciers. One actually erupted just two years ago leaving many towns under ashes.
As we were getting ready for London my cousin was chosen to play on a professional soccer (or, as they say, “futball”) team in Iceland so we did what any good family would do and took a slight detour to The Land of Fire and Ice.
While we were in the beautiful city of Reykjavik we wandered the cobblestone streets and went on an incredible whale watching trip. We saw a pod of over 60 long finned pilot whales and 30 striped dolphins. It was awesome! We were so close we could even hear them breathing.
The next morning we hopped on a ferry to Videy Island and saw the Imagine Peace Tower that Yoko Ono built in memory of John Lennon, her husband, dreamer of world peace, and member of the world famous band The Beatles.
Iceland is a bit chilly but it is really, really pretty. After a few days in the city we picked up our Happy Camper sleeper van and started our adventure around the rest of Iceland. Our first stop was Sauoarkrokur (or, as we said, “Soda Cracker”) to watch Colin’s game. He didn’t win but he didn’t lose either. It was a tie 0 to 0.
The next day we visited a gorgeous geothermal pool right on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Iceland is full of geothermals. A geothermal is heated water coming from the earth. Actually, 73% of Iceland’s energy comes from geothermal heat. Our world would be a cleaner, healthier place if everyone used geothermal energy. The pools are super warm and are perfect for the cold days in Iceland.
The next day we took a boat over to Drangey Island and climbed to an amazing peak overlooking the fjords with Colin and his friend Max. We had an awesome time and learned about the history of the Icelandic people. They tell stories, or Sagas, about the people that roamed the island many years ago.
After a few days we left Colin and drove south to the Godafoss Waterfall. The sunset and the waterfall were so beautiful we decided to sleep right on the edge of the park. We left Godafoss for Lake Myvat and went on an epic horse ride. We galloped along the lake on the back of beautiful Iceland horses.
In the afternoon we visited the bubbling mud thermals. It is the same concept as the geothermals but with mud oozing out of the earth. It is really cool but there is an awful smell of rotten eggs. A few days later we cheered on Colin and his team Tindastoll at another exciting soccer game.
After the game we hopped back in the Happy Camper and went to see the Continental Divide, the gap between the two continents of Europe and North America, an amazing geyser, which goes off once every five minutes, another incredible waterfall and unbelievable glaciers.
We took an adventure tour in an amphibious vehicle from the shores into a glacial lagoon. There were enormous pieces of blue glacial ice floating all around us. It was like something out of a movie. Actually they filmed a James Bond movie here. It was crazy! Our last stop was the Blue Lagoon, a huge natural geothermal swimming pool. It is one of the National Geographic’s 25 Wonders of the World! Iceland exceeded all of our expectations and we had an awesome time!