Ok, let me start off by saying that I feel like a a new person. I feel like I can do anything and everything now.
When we arrived in Iceland I kept saying to myself that this is a dream. I couldn’t believe that I was actually in Iceland! But I had the stamp on my passport to prove it. I was like WOW, and WOW is right! Iceland is beautiful and wonderful and brilliant. Iceland isn’t what Iceland sounds like at all, it isn’t icy, it’s cooler then lets say Portugal or Spain it’s about 50 degrees fahrenheit, and also it’s again beautiful. The lava fields and the grass and the mountains that you can see from every surrounding. Ok, enough of that.
Instead of renting a hotel room or a hostel we rented an apartment on AirBnB which is a site where you can rent apartments, houses, etc, all over the world. So we rented an apartment but we rented one with the person that owned it there, the person (named Halla) was very nice. She is a healer and a tour guide, she offers tours to people that stay with her for some money. So when we got there she had breakfast waiting for us and after that she gave me a healing and sent us both to bed, for we were very tired, as Iceland is four hours ahead then NYC. When we woke up we went to a swimming pool near by with hot tubs a saltwater pool and a sauna. It was very nice then we walked along the water back to her house (did I mention that her place is right next to the water?) When we got back Halla gave my mom a healing and we talked about what we wanted to do the next day, I would tell you but your about to read that part! After the talk we went to bed.
When we woke up the next morning we went to a small piece of land attached to Iceland with a big line of rocks and on the piece of land (Grotta) there is a light house. But Grotta is closed because it is matting season for the birds and they are a little aggressive, which was a bummer. We figured that out we kept walking till we came to a golf course and it was beautiful all the birds and it was right next to the water. When we were walking around the golf course all the birds were squawking at us because they had there nest there and one bird came soooooo close to us I thought it was going to poop on our heads! When we finished the walk around the golf course we walked to the city center of Reykjavik and saw the beautiful church.
I think the church is beautiful and unique because the way the sides of the church look like stairs.
After that we ate at this tiny seafood resturant and had lobster bisque, and we learned that Icelanders eat a certain kind of whale called minke whale, their side of the story is that there are 250,000 minke whales surrounding Iceland and that we are underusing the resource. I think that killing any beautiful animal isn’t right. I think that eating chicken isn’t right or eating lamb any kind of animal but whatever.
Then we walked home and got ready to go caving, hiking up a mountain, and going into hot springs. So we got ready dressed well brought bathing suits did everything we needed to do and left (did I mention that Halla is going to be our tour guide for this?). Then we got into Halla’s car and drove to the middle of nowhere in a sea of a huge lava field, then we got out and walked a while till Halla said “Here we are!” We looked down and saw an opening to a cave we put on helmets with lights on the front and climbed down into the dark cave.
The cave was amazing! It was dark and low ceilings and it was completely quiet (we couldn’t talk because if we did there was a risk that rocks could drop from the ceilings) except for the sounds of water dripping from the ceilings. We walked and we climbed down things then we were at the end.
Then Halla said “Now for the second cave!”
This cave had three levels we walked through the first level and then we came to a rope to the second level and Halla said “You can use this or you can use a ladder.”
We all decided to use the ladder because the rope looked hard, we walked a little bit more and came to the wooden ladder that was missing a step and situated in a mountain of ice. Halla went up and I started to go up next, it was going fine until I got to the missing step. See, I am only 10, so I don’t have long legs as my mom or a grown up, I tried to get up but I couldn’t then my mom said I could put my foot on her hand so I did and put my knee on the next step but then I had no way to get up to the next step so I decided to go down because I started to freak out and it was beyond my comfort level but then I couldn’t get down so my mom brought me down. So anyway I didn’t get to the second and third level but it was fun and I tried my best. Then we went back to the entrance of the cave and walked back to the car.
We drove to the mountain Reykjadular and stopped on the way to go into a gas station to put on our bathing suits (because we were going to a hot spring) and then drove a little bit more till we got to the parking lot, put backpacks on our backs and then started climbing Reykjadular.
We went up and up and up it was sort of tiring but as most people know I don’t get tired easily.
After a while of walking and sort of climbing we got to a part of the mountain were the path was a foot long it was slanted down and it was gravel and after the path it went straight down. So we went single file holding each other’s hands and slipping, if you read my moms blog post called Reykjadular, smoke valley, Iceland then you know that my mom thought we were about to die. I was fine, I just couldn’t look down. When we over that part we started seeing hot springs (again you can see more info about it on my moms post about Iceland) but the hot springs were over 2,000 degrees and mist that smelled like sulfur was floating over it so we could NOT take a bath in that. We even saw a hot spring (if you can even call it that) that was so hot that it was clay and it was bubbling! SO COOL! Then we got to hot springs that were safe enough to take a bath in so we got to one that seemed warm enough and to our liking and took a bath. Let me tell you only one thing it was AMAZING! The water was warm and clean and we had a beautiful view of the mountains surrounding us, it was one of the most amazing things ever! When my mom looked at the time it was 12:00 AM Icelandic time! And we had to leave at 4:00AM for the airport! So we had to leave the hot spring 😦 and head back. We got to the car went to a gas station and got a hot dog. Now the Icelandic hotdog is a specialty and it is very good, I have no idea what was on it but it was amazing! If you go to Iceland you have to try the Icelandic hotdog! We got back into the car (in the car Halla told us that Icelanders don’t go on the hike that we just went on, and she also told us that no kids my age ever go into the cave, so I felt very proud) and went back to the house I slept for an hour and we packed and then we left.
So anyway, Iceland is amazing. You have to go there… You HAVE to go there! And let’s say you’re going to Paris and you want to first go to Iceland. Icelandair has a great deal where it’s cheaper if you go to Iceland and then go to Paris. Awesome, right?! That’s why we went in the first place and I’m glad we did!