I’m way behind on the blogging but wanted to make sure I included the fantastic visit we had with friends from the north of England last month! We’d met in France in college on our respective study abroad programs, and I was so happy we got the chance to reconnect in London last year.

Happily, they came out to Iceland for about five days and brought their nine-year-old daughter, so needless to say, our son had a blast. The kids bonded over Minecraft, the dads also bonded over video games, and the moms sat in the solarium and drank wine. 🙂

But we tried to actually get out and do some tourist stuff too. We had lots of lovely snow that week, so we started out with some puppy play time in the park, making snow angels and building forts. For a bit of culture we visited the Saga Museum, which is more like a small Viking wax museum. It was interesting and informative. But the best part was putting on the Viking gear and taking goofy photos afterward.

Puppy playtime in the park.

Puppy playtime in the park.

:eft: Enjoying sunset and wine in the solarium. Right: Getting into character at the Saga Museum.

Left: Enjoying sunset and wine in the solarium. Right: Getting into character at the Saga Museum.

The next day we ventured slightly further afield and went hunting for a hidden hot spring that my hubby had been to once before. It took us about two hours to get there, but it was well worth it. And our British friends enjoyed the quirkiness of being in a hot spring surrounded by snow in the middle of the Icelandic countryside…and we did as well!

A short hike to the hot spring.

A short hike to the hot spring.

The changing hut at Hrunilaug hot spring.

The changing hut at Hrunilaug hot spring.

We spent the next two days checking out the usual suspects on the Golden Circle…Thingvellir National Park and the Strokkur Geysir. We didn’t make it to the Gullfoss Waterfall, but we did make it to three new places for me…the Fontana spa in Laugarvatn, the nearby Efstidalur dairy for fresh ice cream, and Café Mika in Reykholt, which had a fantastic “lobster” (aka langoustine) salad.

The Golden Circle winter landscape.

The Golden Circle winter landscape.

The kids at Laugarvatn Fontana.

The kids at Laugarvatn Fontana.

Cows lined up at the dairy.

Cows lined up at the dairy.

Yummy lobster salad at Cafe Mika.

Yummy lobster salad at Cafe Mika.

We had such a lovely time and were so sorry to see them go. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that they’ll come back this summer. It’s funny that we didn’t get as many visitors when we lived in London as I thought we would’ve…but most of our visitors to Iceland so far have come from the UK! 🙂

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