Notes from the Field: 28 September 2015


I had been debating about what to do on my last day in Iceland: more exploration in Reykjavik, a final visit to Reykjanes Geopark (where I began this trip), or some hours at the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa..? I’d seen most of what I wanted to see in the city already, outside of visiting some museums and I simply wasn’t in a museum mood this morning. The weather was, once again, cloudy, foggy and rainy and I didn’t want to board the plane for 10 hours of flying in soggy, mud-spattered clothing. So, off to the Blue Lagoon. A couple hours in the baths, some mud masks, lunch of Arctic Char and local lamb… Who cares if it’s pissing down rain?

KEF is a madhouse at the international end of the terminal. Every international flight must leave at 1700 +/- 30 minutes. I tried boarding the wrong flight to SEA (in my defense it was the only Seattle flight listed on the board, is the same airline with the same flight number -2, and leaves at the same time) and was redirected along with another dozen or so others to my proper flight, at which time we spent an interminable amount of time in line waiting to get on a bus to take us to our plane. It did seem to take forever but we actually left on time and I had my window seat and I got to see Greenland, icebergs included, en route. All in all I would say it was a successful end to a wet and wonderful three weeks in Iceland.

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