And just like that, September is almost gone. September has always been my favorite month as fall begins and things start calming down, cozying up and heading into winter. Three of my favorite people in the world are also born this month…my son, my husband and one of my best girlfriends. 🙂

I was thinking we really needed to get out and do more before the cold sets in, and then I realized that over the last month we’ve managed to get in one five-year-old birthday party, one birthday lunch for the hubby, my first ever PTA meeting, and A also started kid’s Taekwondo.

On the tourist side we went on one CLO trip to a local greenhouse followed by a horse show, one trip to the Blue Lagoon, and one visit to the Grotta Lighthouse at low tide to look for beach glass. And a side note: the restaurants here are so good, I feel like I should get a map and start putting pins in it to make sure I hit them all!

Outside Grotta Lighthouse in the northwest corner of Reykjavik.

Outside Grotta Lighthouse in the northwest corner of Reykjavik.

The Friðheimar Greenhouse is about an hour drive east of Reykjavik, and it was absolutely pouring in town when we left. But we drove through the little storm hovering over town and out into beautiful sunny Icelandic countryside. Friðheimar is a hydroponic greenhouse that grows tomatoes and cucumbers and sets up a gorgeous fresh lunch in the very warm restaurant inside the greenhouse. They also breed Icelandic horses.

So after our fantastic lunch of chunky tomato soup, pasta with homemade sauce, and tomato ice cream for dessert, we cantered over to their personal track and watched the horses show off their skills. Apparently Icelandic horses can master five different kinds of walk while most horses only do three. And they were kind enough to let the two kids in our group each sit on a horse and take a guided walk around the track. Definitely a hit!

Outside of the greenhouse.

Outside of the greenhouse.

Rows of cucumber plants.

Rows of cucumber plants.

The tables nicely set in the restaurant area.

The tables nicely set in the restaurant area.

Tomato ice cream. It was actually quite good...must've used a ton of sugar.

Tomato ice cream. It was actually quite good…must’ve used a ton of sugar.

Icelandic horse show.

Icelandic horse show.

A getting ready to ride for the first time.

A getting ready to ride for the first time.

If you know anything at all about Iceland, I’m sure you’ve already heard of the Blue Lagoon. I can never fully get rid of the idea that I’m swimming in industrial waste, but if you can move past that, it really is a lovely geothermal spa. The spa is located about 20 minutes from the international airport out in the middle of a lava field and is basically a man-made lagoon that’s replenished by the runoff from the neighboring Svartsengi geothermal power plant. So not only is the water super warm, but it’s full of silica and sulfur and supposedly good for the skin.

I took a day off from work and treated my hubby to a trip to this famous Icelandic spa for his birthday. Together with a friend from London, we spent the better part of the day hanging out in the water, drinking strawberry sparkling wine cocktails at the lagoon-side bar and smearing white mud on our faces. We popped out at lunchtime to enjoy some fabulous food in their restaurant (probably the best rack of lamb I’ve ever had), appropriately named Lava. And bonus, visitors are allowed in the restaurant in bathing suits and bathrobes until 4:00. So obviously we dressed spa-style for the occasion. 🙂

The view from inside.

The view from inside.

A beautiful day at the lagoon.

A beautiful day at the lagoon.

Me enjoying pretty much everything.

Me enjoying pretty much everything.

More happy tourists. :)

More happy tourists. 🙂

My awesome lamb with roasted potatoes and red onions and Bernaise sauce. Yummy!

My awesome lamb with roasted potatoes, red onions and Bernaise sauce. Yummy!

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