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Capture the Colors

Capture the Colors

We were nominated to take part in Travel Supermarket‘s Capture the Colors Contest by Caroline and Josh at Traveling 9 to 5. Since we’ve been on our Round the World trip starting in early May 2012, we’ve taken over 7500 pictures, many of which are on Flickr. It took some time to go through and select the best of the best, but it was great going back to relive our memories. Enjoy!

White

The Greek Islands are a photographer’s dream. The mountains, the Agean Sea, and the traditional white buildings are a recipe for great shots. The most photographed village in Santorini is Oia, which, coincidently, also has the most beautiful sunsets.

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Couch Surfing Host in Reykjavik

Couch Surfing Host in Reykjavik

Óskar was our first host on our round-the-world trip. He is very intelligent, friendly, and fun. We enjoyed conversations over drinks and he shared great tips for our stay in Reykjavik. He was kind enough to let us stay in his spare bedroom on a comfy bed. If you’re planning on visiting Reykjavik, you’d be lucky to stay with Óskar – find him on Couch Surfing under screen name SKARINN.

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Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa

During our last day in Iceland, we visited the Blue Lagoon. It is a geothermal spa near Keflavik.

Most energy in Iceland is renewable due to its tectonic activity. The Blue Lagoon is actually filled by water from a neighboring geothermal power plant after powering electricity-producing turbines. The water is around 98-102 degrees Fahrenheit and has a blue tint from the strong presence of minerals such as silica and sulfur. These minerals are good for the skin and are believed to help skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.

The spa is surrounded by the same, beautiful and rugged landscape that we saw through a good portion of southwest Iceland. The building is also beautiful and well-designed – it has a lounge, restaurant, cafe, shop, and skin care clinic. If you’re just there for the spa, as we were, you’ll be very pleased with friendly staff and the very nice showers/changing rooms.

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Eating in Reykjavik on a Budget

Eating in Reykjavik on a Budget

Everyone will tell you how expensive Iceland can be. However, it is possible to eat here relatively cheaply. Here are a few great options we found.

Stop in at the grocery – even if you aren’t able to cook where you are staying. The city is fairly small and there are an abundance of grocers. One that we found to be a great deal is Bonus. For around $25 we were able to grab a few sandwiches, drinks, and snacks for the day. For breakfast, check out skyr or kleinur. Dried fish makes a great, carry-along snack. Their pre-packaged sandwiches were a tasty, cheap lunch. If the weather is a bit dreary, take your food inside at the local hostel.

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Golden Circle

Golden Circle

We arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland from the airport around 8 in the morning (our first destination), which turned out to be just a bit too late to meet up with our host. We were running on little sleep and worried about what to do with our bags. As we were deciding what to do, we encountered our first experience with the kindness of travelers. A man came up to us as we were discussing our gameplan. He had just surfed with the same host. He offered to give us a ride to city center – what a nice gesture! We learned that he and his travel buddy were from Philadelphia and exploring Iceland for three days. They sent us off with some recommendations. We chose to do a bus tour of the Golden Circle. As it turns out, we were able to leave our bags in the excursion company’s luggage room and spend a few hours touring the city. At the end of the tour, we were dropped off at a hotel directly across the street from our host. If you ever get the chance to come visit Iceland you should take the time to make the ~270km trek… What a beautiful place! Check out more photos of the tour on our Flickr page. The rift between the North American & Eurasian tectonic plates near Thingvellir National Park: 20120511-182428.jpg

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