Geysir, Gullfoss, and the Blue Lagoon

Our first adventure for the day was a visit to Geysir, a huge geyser that all other geysers are named after. Another geyser that we saw erupt 3 times while we were there was Strokkur. We got some incredible slow motion shots thanks to some IPhone 5s and some amazing pictures. The Geysir gift shop was pretty amazing and Morgan tried to take home a 6ft puffin while Sophie tried to buy it a seat on the plane! Next we piled in our vans for out next visit to Gullfoss, another incredible waterfall. Next up was a stop at the volcanic black sand beaches of the lake where, supposively, a giant worm monster lives! We also stopped at Seltun, a haunted geothermal area. We hiked up and around the area of Saltun. There is a local legend concerning a witch who casted a spell on a land lord and was thrown into a hot spring. Our final stop was at the world famous Blue Lagoon! We all covered our faces in volcanic silica mud and enjoyed smoothies at the geothermal pool side. To top off the day we had an amazing Icelandic tasting dinner at Reykjavik’s 2nd highest rated restaurant, Grillmarkadurinn which translates to “Grill Market” in English! We tried many new Icelandic foods and had an overall superb experience!

By Morgan, Sarah, Sydnie, Alex, and Anna

Addendum by Ms. Peterson: Jack has written a fantastic summary of last night’s dinner, which we arranged so that students could try Icelandic specialties and be encouraged to step outside their comfort zones, which they did very well. However, it’s so detailed–a dish-by-dish description complete with “fork” ratings–that I’ll send it to the Iceland travelers directly so that they can replay their meals later!

Waiting for Strokkur to erupt

Waiting for Strokkur to erupt

Gullfoss

Gullfoss

At Gullfoss

At Gullfoss

Working the shot

Working the shot

Looking for the Icelandic version of the Loch Ness Monster--a giant wyrm that lives in the lake

Looking for the Icelandic version of the Loch Ness Monster–a giant wyrm that lives in the lake

Geothermal area on the Reykjanes Peninsula that is also haunted!

Geothermal area on the Reykjanes Peninsula that is also haunted!

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