We also FINALLY tried the top rated burgers of Brighton. As self-proclaimed burger connoisseurs and foodies, Ben and I both agree that the BEST burgers live at Burger Brothers:
We then jetted off for a four-day weekend in Iceland, Ben's request and Christmas present! And holy crap was it amazing!! Let me explain via a picture montage!
We got in on Friday and headed straight to Blue Lagoon, a spa/ outdoor pool heated by the geothermal hot springs that are dotted around the country. It was SO WINDY outside. And really cold. But the spa was amazingggggg.
You can see my head in this picture, I'm right in the middle
The next day, we took a day-long tour of The Golden Circle. It was SO beautiful and now I need to go back in the summertime so we can drive The Golden Circle and spend more time at my favorite spots.
We started at Thingvellir National Park, the site of the first parliament:
The next stop was Gulfloss waterfall:
The final main stop was Geyser, which all other geysers are named after. Ben got too close to Geyser and got absolutely soaked. It was HILARIOUS. I've added a time lapse photo stream for you all to enjoy the magical moment.
Now starts the amazing time-lapse of Ben getting doused by Geyser:
For those who are looking for tips for Icelandic travel, I'll fill you in quickly on getting out of the city. First, if you go in winter (which we did), public transportation (buses) don't run. So you will either have to be gutsy with your driving, or take coach tours. There are two main tour companies: Reykjavik Excursions and Grayline. There are other, smaller adventure based companies too. But I'd like to say- the two companies are very similar. I would personally give the edge to Reykjavik Excursions, only because the tour guides didn't ask for tips at the end (and that garbage gets old really fast). I'd also like to recommend- the highlights of The Golden Circle are Thingvellir, Gulfloss, and Geyser. You will have A LOT of tour options and I'd recommend a half day tour to see those three as opposed to a day long one where they try to fit in other, non-important things. Ben and I both agreed that we would've rather done a half day Gold Circle and half day to see Reykjavik.
This is similar to an original Icelandic home, built partially into the ground (I can't remember what they're called now).
Cocktails and sushi for Ben's birthday! Thanks Mom and Dad!
We also had Reindeer and Whale :)
Beautiful Reykjavik, which we didn't have enough time to properly explore
The next day, we took another day long tour. This time to the South Coast.
We started at a glacier and there were people going glacier hiking!
Fat little Icelandic pony!
Ben walked behind this waterfall. And got soaked again.
Ticked a big bucket list item with this one!
On the final day, we headed back to Thingvellir for some snorkelling between the tectonic plates.
(no food on this post, I don't want to tarnish the Iceland pictures)