Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Iceland - Day 16

May 27, 2015

On our last morning in Iceland, we headed out to Hengill to see the Hellisheiði Geothermal Powerstation. Most of Iceland's power and hot water is geothermally heated, which is awesome. Also, I married a super nerd. I do highly reccomend visiting this power station. You do have to pay admittance, but the guides are super knowledgeable and the museum area is excellent.

The power station also had an art installation combining volcanic rocks and glass-- which we thought Zeke would love!

The drive from the power station back to the airport in Keflavik took a while, especially since we had to stop for food. We were very sad to leave.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Iceland - Day 15

May 26, 2015

Day 15 was our last full day in Iceland and we had to make it from the Snæfellsnes Peninsula down to Reykjavík.

We stopped for a while to enjoy Barnafoss and Hraunfossar.

Then we tried to hike to the waterfall Glymur. It was a really cool and beautiful hike, but unfortunatnly, we didn't make it all the way to Glymur because the trail crossed a river and it was impossible to cross without getting really, really wet feet.

When we got to Reykjavík, we immediately check into our hotel and parked the car! We walked over to the famous church, Hallgrímskirkja. Its a fairly young Lutheran church that opened in 1986. Its design was meant to mimic the basalt columns Iceland is famous for. I, however, think it looks like a spaceship.

There is a statue of Leif Eriksson out front.

And a weird (small), reflective, silver bean.

The pipe organ was magnificent.

The pews can face either way!

We headed up the tower and got amazing views of the "city".

They also let us sneak up the the second floor to check out the beautiful stained glass.

After the church, we headed to Mikkeller & Friends, a brewery-ish type place. Mikkeller guest brews small batches at breweries all around Europe and sells their beer in their bars. They also sell the beer of similar guest-brewing breweries.

We had dinner at a restaurant called Einar Ben. This creepy dude stared at me the whole time.

We should take a minute to appreciate the butter in Iceland. So good!

This guy was also staring at me when we went to Skuli Bar. We also went to a place called Micro Bar with good beers.
 The Harpa Concert Hall all lit up.