Iceland Trip Part II

The next morning we were woken up by the phone ringing. It was the front desk calling to let us know our shuttle for the blue lagoon tour is waiting.  It was 1030AM and we had slept in.  We asked the front desk if the driver would wait 15 mins and then frantically began to jump out of the bed.  We were still half asleep and barely managed to pack our bathing suits and toiletries somehow.  I can’t tell you how grateful I am that they have a full shower and spa service because we honestly hadn’t showered since New York! I know. So gross! So we got on the shuttle and past each row of death stares one seat at a time and quietly sat in the back row.  I was so thirsty and hungry… I dug into my backpack and all of a sudden my half mushed granola bar from the airport 2 days ago looked really good…

Once we got to the Blue Lagoon, we each went into our locker rooms and right away showered and cleaned up. Then put on bathing suits and the robes they offer at the spa.  We met at the communal lounge and afraid to step outside into the cold… it actually wasn’t so bad though… I think because of all the steam coming off the Lagoon… of course you don’t want to spend too much time naked in the cold there…


A little bit about the Blue Lagoon:

It is one of the 25 Wonders of the World.  The spa is located on a lava field near the Keflavik airport.  The warm water is rich in minerals like sulfer and silica.  Some say bathing in it has help with skin different diseases.  We were so lucky to be able to experience it. 
Even though we had a bit of a rough start in the morning, this was still probably my  favorite part of the trip.  I felt so relaxed and I loved the masks they offer as well.  I wore the Algae Mask and my husband tried the Silica Mud Mask.  Our skins felt amazing afterwards.   
There was a restaurant in the spa and there was a bar right in the middle of the lagoon.  We got the Icelandic popular beer called Gull.  I’m not much of a beer drinker but I liked it 🙂

 


After a few hours we went back to the lockers and showered and got dressed.  As I was getting dressed I was even more grateful that I hadn’t dipped my hair in the spa.  First of all, my head didn’t get cold but also I noticed all the women in the locker room freaking out after shower.  They couldn’t comb through their hair.  I felt so bad! The facility offers hair conditioners but apparently it wasn’t enough.  I did some research later and found out that the minerals really dry out your hair and make them stick together! For some, it took over 5 weeks to get their hair back to normal again! That’s crazy!  Ladies, please keep that in mind if you plan to visit the Lagoon in the future.  I don’t think it’s worth it….

We got on the shuttle and headed back to the hotel.  My husband had a surprise birthday dinner reservation at 830pm but it was not even 5pm and we were starving.  We couldn’t help ourselves and went to the hotel lounge and bar where they offered hotdogs for happy hour… the lounge is called Bjor Gardurinn (beer garden) and it had such a cute set up.

After the most satisfying hotdog, we went up to rest a bit.  Then got ready for dinner.  We went to downtown Reykjavik and the restaurant was called Matarkjallarinn (which I believe translates to “The Food Cellar”).  The staff were so friendly and they had a man playing on the piano.  That alone sold me before even trying the food… I was so happy!


The food.  Oh. My. God the food. I don’t have the words to even describe how delicious it was.  They offer every table a basket of what they call “fruit bread” with an herbed butter.  I think the bread had nuts, orange peel and raisins in it. So good!


We started with mussels, prepared in white wine, herbs and lemon.   It was excellent.  They provided grilled bread as well to dip in that delicious white wine sauce.


Then we got the baked brie cheese topped with honey and hazelnuts.  BAKED BRIE. Need I say more?
Then we shared a beef and lamb steak along with herbed Langoustine.  All the meats were cooked to perfection and just melted in your mouth.  So so so good!


I think my husband had told them that we were there celebrating my birthday so the waiter brought out a surprise dessert with a candle as the piano man played the happy birthday song! It was so sweet! Everything was just perfect!

 


As my husband was recording me, singing happy birthday to me, and told me to make a wish , I really couldn’t think of anything to wish for ? I mean what more could I wish for? I have the best husband ever. I have an amazing family and friends. I love my job and love where I live. I am healthy. I am so happy. What more does one want? As all these thoughts were going through my head, I thanked God for everything that I have and I just wished for him to continue to protect our marriage and keep my husband by my side for many life times to come.  And then I blew the candle…


As we finished that delicious chocolate caramel & sea salt dessert, the waiter came to me with a gift bag of all popular Icelandic candy and told me this was my birthday gift from them.  I was very touched! Icelandic people are incredibly kind and friendly. I was so grateful!

After dinner we went for a walk through downtown and then decided to give the northern lights a 2nd try.  I really wanted to capture them in a photo.  We went out around midnight to the areas that are pitch black dark near the airport.  We saw them and this time they were PINK! They were super pretty but they did not want to show up in my pictures…. oh well, you can’t win them all right?

We went back to the hotel at around 2AM.  I was in utter bliss. The day was just lovely. And I couldn’t imagine experiencing with anyone other thank my amazing man.

Thank You hubby!

XO,
The Girl With The Eyebrows

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