We had our first Icelandic summer day at the beach on Monday! This is the last week of the 2015-2016 year at A’s school, so the International Department planned a lovely BBQ at Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach in Reykjavik.

Memorial Day was a US holiday, so the embassy was closed, which was convenient since I had volunteered to be a chaperone and otherwise would’ve had to ask for time off. And the day was absolutely gorgeous! The weather in April and May had been beautiful, but the weekend had been rainy and windy. Monday however was bright and sunny with hardly any wind. And the air and water temperatures were about the same…46F. 😉 So it couldn’t have been planned better.

And, yes, the kids actually did go in the sea! But the man-made beach also has two hot pools: one long rectangular one up by the concession stand and one round one right at the water’s edge. So instead of kids running across the hot sand to the cold water…they ran across the cold sand to the hot water!

I had brought my swimsuit just in case. But in the end decided that it would be easier to keep an eye on A if I were fully clothed and mobile, which came in handy when it was time to sort out the food or run back and grab things from the car. All in all it was a lovely summer day, and I even managed to have an ice cream and get a tiny bit of sunburn. 🙂

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Flowery entrance to the beach.

Overview of the beach and hot pools.

Overview of the beach and hot pools.

Kids soaking in the hot pool with ice creams.

Kids soaking in the hot pool with ice creams.

Running across the cold sand to the other hot pool.

Running across the cold sand to the other hot pool.

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