|Hallgrimskirkja Church is the tallest building in Iceland|
As far as cost, Iceland is probably the most affordable Nordic vacation spot right now and I highly recommend it if you are arranging a stopover to Europe via Iceland Air. Our three night stay was arranged by the Great Canadian Travel Company. We stayed a the 4th Floor Hotel which is centrally located. It was a small hotel and worked out well for the kids. The rooms were spacious which was surprising having travelled through much of Europe.
I regret not having one more day. I would have loved to take the kids whale watching or see the Puffin Migration. If your children are older, a number of ranches offer family horseback riding adventures on Icelandic horses.
Anyway, here is the recap.
When I travel, I like to take a few photos of store windows.
|silk screened viking|
|girls' dress with a large bow|
|love the paisley on this jersery wrap|
|this one looks easy to make, very Japanese quality to it - love the scarf and pearls|
I also like to take photos of craft (no surprise)
|Pebbles painted with Icelandic sweaters|
Icelandic wool everywhere
|Handknitting Association of Iceland Shop Window|
|KJ at the Handknitting Association of Iceland|
|Wool neck warmer, safety pin and chain with Swarskoi crystals |
(note to self: improve my knitting skills so I can make one)
|Sweet felted wool gnomes (I picked up one in pink!)|
|Felted wool pin cushions on a little cut branch|
And now for the best part, Iceland's landscape. We took the Golden Circle Tour of southern Iceland.
Lots of volcanic rock and glaciers
The majestic Gulfoss waterfall
|Miss Lily & cousin Haakon|
Þingvellir National Park (this park is a sacred site for Icelanders and is the original site of what is believed to be the oldest existing parliament in the world. You can also see the Great Atlantic rift, a rift that is slowly pulling Iceland apart along tectonic plates).
|Miss Lily and auntie Becka|
Iceland is an energy-rich country. Geothermal energy everywhere. All the hot water has sort of a sulphuric smell about it.
|In the "hot pot" at the Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach|
and the world famous Blue Lagoon (we did this tour)
The anti-aging properties of my Blue Lagoon facial will not last as long as the memories,