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    • Day 293

      Blue Lagoon + Geothermal Heat (by Lewis)

      June 6, 2023 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 48 °F

      While in Iceland, we went to the Blue Lagoon for the second time. The Blue Lagoon is heated by geothermal heat. The geothermal heat boils the Blue Lagoon up to 100.4 F*. Iceland's geothermal heat can also bake bread by burying the bread in burning dirt. We tasted some of the rye bread, and it was delicious with local smoked trout. Did you know that the water in Iceland has to be cooled? Before it's cooled, the water is boiling! This is my last blog post, so I hope you liked the blogs!Read more

    • Day 1

      Garður Old Lighthouse

      June 20, 2023 in Iceland ⋅ 🌬 9 °C

      One of the options I had considered for today was to hire a car and go exploring but it seemed an awfully expensive option. However, I couldn't get into my accommodation until this afternoon and it was still early morning .. I was in Arrivals in no time so it was still only 8.30am.

      Having done my check-in for tomorrow's flight with Icelandair, I decided to get a coffee and a snackette and have a think. I then had this amazing revelation, an inspiring event of blinding light - given one only lives once, just rent the car. 🙄

      This turned out quite tricky because none of the car hire companies in the terminal had a car available for just a day, though I got the feeling they just didn't want to hire out a car for such a short period. I then got the invite to join the West Greenland 23 WhatsApp group, which I joined, and I then messaged Jeroen (one of the two leaders) for some ideas of how to get a car. Direct messaging, he suggested getting a bus to Reykjavik and getting a car from there and he even sent me a Google Maps route to follow. The route was great but I'd lose a lot of time travelling by bus to the city as I think it's 30 miles away, with many stops.

      In the end, I found a rental company a short walk from the terminal, so with my suitcase in the boot, my camera gear in the car and Google Maps to guide me, I left the airport to go exploring and my first stop was a suggestion given to me by the rental company on a Post It note with a list of places to visit.

      My goodness was it windy, I could hardly stand up, but the weather was lovely other than that, though from these photos you would never guess it was Iceland. That would soon change.
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    • Day 1

      Exploring the Coast Road

      June 20, 2023 in Iceland ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

      As I drove away from the old lighthouse I didn't really have too much idea about what to expect. I'd never explored this peninsula before and assumed it would be just a pleasant drive until I discovered there is so much to see in this area.

      It wasn't too long before the views became very Icelandic as I drove through old lava fields consisting of all sorts of shapes, with flat slabs of granite and volcanic vents. I was in my element here, stopping at various parking stops to take-in the views.

      My first proper stop was at the Bridge Between Continents, which is exactly that - the place where the North American and Eurasian continental plates are joined. I photographed the diagram for you to see.

      The wind was still very strong here and I was constantly sand blasted as I explored the site so I decided to give up trying to use my 'big' camera. Using the phone was much easier given the conditions.

      Footnote: please be patient as I know I am many days behind in writing the footprints for this adventure. My time in Greenland is very much full-on with no time to even catch my breath ... there's so much to show you so I'll try and catch-up as soon as I can.
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    • Day 1

      Gunnuhver Hot Springs

      June 20, 2023 in Iceland ⋅ 🌬 10 °C

      Just a short three minute drive away things are very different. Here the air is filled with the smell of sulphur and as you move along the boardwalks the smell gets much stronger. You know the one ... rotten eggs. Yummy.

      You can get really close on the boardwalk but there are many signs warning not to stray from it. The ground is very hot here, though at one time it wasn't so bad and there was a house here where an artist lived, making pottery from the clay and painting.

      It was quite warm standing by the vent, watching the boiling water and steam, then every now and then you'd get surrounded by the drifting cloud. If you stayed too long in it, you would quite wet but I avoided that to be honest. I loved it here though.

      I then noticed the time and decided to head back to find my accommodation for the night. I was really glad I'd hired the car and never realised how much there was to see within 30 miles of the airport ... and I hadnt seen all there was to see either. Amazing.
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    • Day 2

      Day 2- Attendees Arrive & Blue Lagoon

      July 16, 2023 in Iceland ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

      Once again, writing to you past midnight but it still feels like 7pm because the sun is still setting! Attempting to wind down as I have to be up at 7am for breakfast and prepping for our first education session for the participants!

      Today was a wonderful day!! The participants arrived and I finally got to meet them all in person :) I had only known 1 prior to arriving here besides Ellie. But we all quickly moved from strangers to friends, international travel really has that effect!

      Ellie and I woke up at 8am and reviewed all our content and logistics for the week before meeting up with everyone. I am thrilled to be co-teaching 2 of the workshops! One of the relationship between planners and photographers and another on multi-cultural weddings. We see completely eye to eye on all things weddings so comparing notes and merging our ideas was quite enjoyable! We then packed up from our hotel close to the airport and headed to our home for the week, the Silica hotel! It is connected to the Blue Lagoon, one of the 25 Wonders of the world… just insane!! It was absolutely breathtaking and our rooms are unreal, overlooking the lava fields. The hotel even has a private portion of the Blue Lagoon for guests to enjoy! When we arrived, I helped to coordinate checkin (assigning room numbers, overseeing paperwork signing, placing gifts for the attendees in each room, reviewing our itinerary with the hotel manager, etc.). I am absolutely loving my role as it feels like the perfect mix of seminar logistics (that feel oh so familiar from my days of coordinating the Baha’i inspired educational seminars and camps), wedding planning, and teaching - 3 of my passions! PLUS being in a luxury setting in a new country?! What a dream. I would definitely love to serve in this same role for future seminars of Ellie’s and others!

      After check-in was complete, we headed to the main area of the Blue Lagoon to kick the workshop off with a bang! It was a really fun way to get to bond with one another. There was an engaging “story teller” who educated us on the beautiful history of the Blue Lagoon, Iceland facts and even a hysterical story about their strong belief in elves! I honestly wish I could have taken notes the entire time so I don’t forget but here are a few highlights to the best of my memory:
      - Over 800 years ago, this area used to be all trees and a community. Due to volcanos and magma pits, it was destroyed and is now a massive lava field.
      - The community referred to the area as the evil lava. I can’t remember the details of the middle part but the water is geothermal and they were puzzled to why it wasn’t breaking the lava rocks down but just staying afloat. They discovered that the silica (a mineral) is the water was creating a sealant that blocked the water from draining and created the Blue Lagoon. The color comes from a mixture of the algae and silica and how it reflects light!
      - As they started to use the water for bathing (as is a huge part of Icelandic culture) a man with psoriasis discovered the water was healing it! When he told his doctor they came to take samples and indeed discovered that the mixture of minerals treated psoriasis and other skin diseases. The doctor purchased it in 1992 and in 2012 it was named one of the 25 World Wonders!
      - My very favorite fact is that still today any Icelandic person with psoriasis can use the facilities free of charge 😭
      - When I see you in person if you want to learn more, I can share what I learned about how it stays clean (drains every 40 hours and algae eats the bacteria!), the full elves story and how they use geothermal energy (the country generates 99% of its electricity from renewable sources 🤯)!

      We ended our time at the Blue Lagoon with face masks and some refreshing drinks! I had a delicious green smoothie with mango :) We headed back to the hotel to get ready to head downtown for dinner (where I got to learn how to operate a Super 8 camera!!) and then back to our hotel for the Meet and Greet (I enjoyed a yummy sparkling tea 🥂) as our final participants arrived! After that was done, Ellie and I went to the classroom space and reviewed all the logistics with the staff. It’s insane that even at 10pm everyone is still in full swing due to the sunlight! The final photo is what it looks like outside now. We came back and reviewed our sessions one last time and had a really good conversation reflecting on our own opportunities for growth, personally and in business. Now I am ended the night with my new roomie Jen watching the volcano live feed 🤣
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    • Day 106

      Eldgos!!! Eldgos Fagradalsfjall!!!

      July 27, 2023 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      …es war die Mühe wert! Einzig der stärker werdende Rauch liess auf dem Weg einen aktiven Vulkan vermuten. Der Krater war erst mit dem letzten Schritt auf den Litli-Hrútur zu erblicken. Was für ein Anblick! Es ist schon ein skurriles Gefühl so nah an einem ausbrechenden Vulkan stehen zu können und sogar von oben in den brodelnden Krater hinein blicken zu können. Faszination Island! 🤍Read more

    • Day 3

      Day 2 - Fagradalsfjall

      July 30, 2023 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Endlich ging es zum heiß ersehnten aktiven Vulkan. Wir wurden nicht enttäuscht, wie man ganz gut an Gabriels Gesicht erkennen kann 😁💛 bereits der Weg dorthin war sehr sehenswert, mit einigen Kratern und riesigen Lavafeldern. Wir haben den ganzen Tag mit unserem Ausflug gefüllt und sind abends dann relativ schnell und erledigt auf einem Campingplatz in der Nähe von Selfoss eingekehrt 🙌🌋 gut war’s 😉Read more

    • Day 9

      Blue Lagune

      August 17, 2023 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      Die Blaue Lagune ist ein berühmtes geothermales Spa in Island. Sie befindet sich in der Nähe des internationalen Flughafens Keflavik und ist bekannt für ihre mineralreiche, hellblaue Milchfarbe. Das Wasser in der Lagune stammt aus einer nahegelegenen geothermalen Anlage und wird als entspannendes Badeerlebnis geschätzt. Die mineralhaltige Zusammensetzung des Wassers soll verschiedene gesundheitliche Vorteile haben. Die Lagune bietet auch Massagen, Gesichtsbehandlungen und andere Wellnessdienstleistungen an. Es ist eine beliebte Touristenattraktion in Island.

      Die Blaue Lagune wird oft für ihre potenziellen Heilwirkungen geschätzt, die auf die mineralreiche Zusammensetzung des geothermalen Wassers zurückgeführt werden. Das Wasser enthält Silikate, Algen und Mineralien wie Schwefel und Kieselsäure. Viele Menschen glauben, dass diese Inhaltsstoffe bei verschiedenen Hauterkrankungen wie Psoriasis (Schuppenflechte) sowie bei Gelenk- und Muskelschmerzen lindernd wirken könnten.

      Jedoch ist es wichtig zu beachten, dass die wissenschaftliche Unterstützung für diese Heilwirkungen begrenzt ist und individuelle Ergebnisse variieren können. Menschen mit bestimmten medizinischen Bedingungen sollten vor einem Besuch der Blauen Lagune ihren Arzt konsultieren, um sicherzustellen, dass es für sie sicher ist.
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    • Day 1

      Gardur

      August 28, 2023 in Iceland ⋅ 🌬 12 °C

      Sind gut in unserer ersten Unterkunft angekommen💪
      Bei der Autovermietung mussten wir bereits das erste Mal improvisieren, da unser Kofferraum für zwei Koffer zu klein ist 🚙💨
      Das Wetter ist gut, aber auch Yannick bekam mit seinen kurzen Hosen ein wenig frisch um die Beine (12° mit kaltem Wind) 🥶
      Nach unserem z'Nacht im Subway geht es nun zurück ins Zimmer um die morgige Tour zu planen 🗺️

      Gute Nacht ⭐
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    • Day 9

      Kleifarvatn

      April 1, 2022 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

      Ultima giornata di macchina, prima di indossare il costume e goderci un po’ di relax, facciamo una breve sosta al Kleifarvatn!
      Il lago, all’interno di una zona vulcanica, ci accoglie nella sua versione ancora invernale e in parte congelato - la versione è confermata dalla zampa di Luca finita bellamente nell’acqua causa cedimento del ghiaccio.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Suðurnes, Sudurnes, Southern Peninsula, Suroccidental, Péninsule méridionale, Penisola meridionale, Península Austral ou Sudoeste, Södra halvön

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