ICELAND IN FEBRUARY?

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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 Iceland in February

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.

February in Iceland

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 in Iceland in February

Gulfoss or Golden Waterfall

Elan in a goony hat near Gulfoss in Iceland in February

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.

Althing in Iceland in February

Site of the Althing

Strokkur in Iceland in February

Strokkur geyser in Iceland

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.

Reykyavik Iceland

Victorian house in Reykjavik

Reykjavik Iceland

Amazingly and bizarrely Cape May

Reykjavik iceland

Is it Cape May Stage? Is it Reykjavic?

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