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Iceland… the cold paradise!

Iceland 11-12-13 January 2017

It has been a long time since I dreamed of coming to Iceland and get to know this land so wild. When I booked my trip, even though it was only for three days, I had a clear idea of the route I wanted to take when I departed London at dawn.

And three hours after I arrived in Iceland (about 11:00 am local time) I was able to see the sunrise again!

Yes, because in Iceland in January, the sun rises at about 11:00 am. Still, the surrounding landscape is definitely one of a kind…

At the airport we had already booked a transfer to the Blue Lagoon.  This is the best advice I can give you, the first thing to do when you set foot in Iceland is to go to the Blue Lagoon. There is not much to explain, it’s just to try the water which is between 35° to 40°C (86° to 113° F) when the external temperature was about -5° to -7 °C (-41° to -47°F). It is just an amazing experience…

We were in the water all day and did not leave even for lunch. If we had not had the tour to the northern lights would have stayed all night…

Unfortunately, despite a clear sky (it is normally cloudy in January), and a full moon, we were able to see only a slight light for a few seconds, failing to immortalize with the camera.
For the next day however, we had already booked a tour for the whole day; we left when it was still dark and we saw the sunrise on the way to Selfoss…

The next destination was the Geyser, one of the most characteristic places of this island. The day was absolutely beautiful, not a cloud, but the temperature was still -15 °C. (-59°F)…

Then it was time to go to Gullfoss waterfalls, something absolutely fabulous, if it was not for the wind chill to -17°C. (-62°F)

And finally we were in one place, where the European fault meets the North American. It is something surreal if you do not see it with your own eyes…

In the evening we treated ourselves to dinner and tried local food which is normally my habit. Yes, if you’re wondering, I tried the fermented shark (typical food of Icelandic tradition), but certainly do not remember it as a of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten…

Our last day in Iceland was spent visiting the city of Reykjavickr which is really very special and charming…

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