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A long weekend in Iceland geothermically active island nation, where astronauts trained for their moon walk, is stimulating, interesting, surprising -- exciting and fun! Below are our visit highlights. View each day's photos -- enjoy as we did. Interesting Iceland info here.

day 1 — Thursday = travel
Left JFK 2:05 PM, flew Icelandair
arriving 11:40 PM, viewing in twilight, the flat, black lava landscape around Keflavik airport. Factoid: Icelandair, privately owned and 70 years old, has a route network of 21 international destinations, transporting 1.5 million travelers annually - 5 times the population of its home country. photos

Picked up Sixt car rental -- drove to hotel in Reykjavík. Accommodations: Radisson SAS Hotel - go

day 2 — Friday = touring
Fjalar Sigurdarson led us through countryside enroute to Borgarnes: remote village, far from industrial pollution, where clean air, pure water and natural lava needed to create Reyka Vodka are found.
Tour: countryside - big vistas photos
Tour: Reyka Vodka - hand crafted, small batches, using water drawn from 4,000 year old lava field results in vodka which is fresh, with delicate hint of creamy vanilla and underlying natural sweetness. Master distiller, Kristmar Olafsson, showed off his Carter Head Still and explained process he uses to create Reyka Vodka. photos
Tour: water and energy- geothermically heated and naturally cooled water from deep underground is piped to every home in Reykjavik! photos
Dinner: Sjávarkjallarinn - Seafood Cellar Restaurant - go1 go2 Top range fusion, friendly atmosphere, cheeky cuisine presentation, dishes with exacting spece combinations, good wine list and good company photos
day 3 — Saturday = Reykjavik exploration
Perfect day, city's location created beautiful setting for stunning Nordically inspired architecture. Permanent structures were not built prior to World War II so Reykjavik is relatively "new" - with oldest buildings dating to the 50's.

Easy walking in compact downtown - shops, port, fish shack (run by retired fisherman) for lunch, and world's northernmost flea market.

Tried SKYR (curd) and town's best PYLSA (hot dog) - loved them both, but did not go for whale, horsemeat or puffin. Sea bird's eggs tempting. Medicinal benefits of thermal pools enjoyed by Viking decendants and visitors alike. photos

day 4 — Sunday = tour and travel
Following leisurely breakfast at Radisson SAS hotel started back toward Keflavik airport.
What appeared black in twilight by light of day is varied colored lava, with low vegetation. The area has an "outpost" feel to it.
Stopped at famous Blue Lagoon thermal pool -
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Left Keflavik for Copenhagen on Icelandair

Lots of adventures possible here, needed MUCH more time. Next time: ride Icelandic horse, climb a glacier, drive RING ROAD (830 mi) around this island nation, see high plateaus, wild desert, volcanic craters, waterfalls and dramatic fjords, or follow the Saga Trail learning the nation's early history and take in the arts and music scene.

pictures:
Mary Buttaro
Photo Editor

Kodak EasyShare V705 digital camera

Olympus SP-550 UZ digital camera

Credits and acknowledgements

Einar Gustavsson, Director Icelandic Tourist Board for the Americas

Icelandair

Sixt car rental - go

Radisson SAS Hotel - go

Fjalar Sigurdarson - go

Reyka Vodka - go

Sjávarkjallarinn - Seafood Cellar Restaurant - go1 go2

magellans.com - go

Telestial wireless - go

Kodak EasyShare V705 digital camera - go

Olympus SP-550 UZ digital camera - go

ECCO shoes - go

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