We made it! Yes, we completed the entire 2,800 kilometer (1,740 miles) journey in 12 days, leaving today to finish off our adventure at the world famous Blue Lagoon.
After eating a dismal breakfast at our hotel, we checked out early and headed straight for Reykjavik through some beautiful farm country.
We had a few hours before our dip in the lagoon, so we ate an early lunch at C is for Cookie and then headed to Hallgrímskirkja church, an inspiring structure that towers over Reykjavik and can be seen for many miles away. It was designed by the late Guðjón Samuel in 1937, who used the image of cooling lava into basalt rock as his inspiration. The impressive church took decades to build, and was completed in 1986.
We spent the few kroner to ride the elevator to the top observation deck for unobstructed views of the entire city, but my camera was acting up so I took no shots. This one was actually taken on our first day in Reykjavik when I was out shooting late and no tourists were around.
Before heading to the lagoon, we checked-in to our second Airbnb accommodation located in the lovely town of Hafnarfjordur, about ten minutes outside the city. It was a spacious and well equipped apartment that was a wonderful place to stay on our last night.
No question one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations, The Blue Lagoon is a luxurious geothermal pool located out in the middle of a lava field in the town of Grindavik. Unlike the smaller and more intimate pool we enjoyed at the Myvatin Nature Baths on Day 7, this place felt far more like it was designed for tourists. The lagoon is actually man-made, and fed from the warm underground water rich in minerals including silica and sulfur from a large plant nearby.
The pool’s temperature averages 98 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit and feels quite warm. Hanging out for a couple of hours in the mineral-infused water was a fitting conclusion to a wonderful family trip. We then ate dinner at Glo, the same restaurant that started our journey 12 days ago. The world renown vegan chef happened to have a second eatery within walking distance of our apartment. It was then time to pack our bags and prepare for the trip back home in the morning.