We had a direct flight on Icelandair from Chicago to Reykjavik, a journey that took about five and a half hours. The first day was challenging, since the weather was in the low 40s and upper 30s, and there was a fierce cold and damp wind. I was so tired and shocked by the abrupt change in temperature that I was pretty sure we'd made a bad mistake in going on the trip, but then the wind died down and things got much better. As I said, we were all tired, but we had a good bus tour of Reykjavik, got checked into our hotel room, and had a good first night group dinner. That night some of the group, including my husband, went out at about 10 p.m. on a bus trip to search for the northern lights. I stayed in the hotel room, too chilled and tired from travel to go out again, and it turned out the lights were nowhere to be found that night.
The third day included another bus excursion to the Reyjanes Peninsula, Lake Kleifarvatn, and the Blue Lagoon. We went again by bus, looking at the snow covered mountains, and seeing the plumes of steam from thermal pools and hot springs. The highlight of the day was a stop at the Blue Lagoon, a large natural warm mineral pool surrounded by black lava rocks and a hotel, spa and restaurant. We all brought our swim suits, showered first inside, then got quickly into the warm water, since the air was chilly. It was beautiful and very relaxing, and interesting to hear so many languages spoken everywhere around us. I had been nervous about going in with my head covered, but lots of people wore caps just to be warm.