Sunday, April 16, 2017

March 15th: One Last Stop, Then Off to the US

The alarm went off fairly early the next morning. More sleep would have been nice, but we only had a few hours left in Iceland and we wanted to make the most of it. We had breakfast in the hotel, packed up our bags, checked out, and hit the road.

I always love the pastel winter colors here; I took this as we drove west.

A little less than an hour later, we pulled up to the Blue Lagoon. We had timed entry passes for 9am, right when they opened, and there was already a long line of people when we got there. Luckily, the line moved quickly, and before long...

...we were relaxing in the Blue Lagoon.   :)

I was a little worried that it might be too crowded, since most of the times after us had sold out, but they had recently expanded the lagoon and there was plenty of room for everyone.

We spent a few hours trying out the saunas and steam rooms, drinking Icelandic beer and cider, and searching for all the steamy hot spots in the water. It was a really nice way to spend our last few hours in Iceland.

We hung out as long as we could at the Blue Lagoon, then eventually got cleaned up and made the twenty minute drive to the airport. We turned in the rental car, checked in for the flight, zipped through customs and security, and had plenty of time to grab a couple lamb hot dogs before it was time to leave.

We lucked out this time and wound up on a Boeing 767 for the flight home. It was nice to have a little extra space.

We got one last cloudy look at Iceland right before disappearing into the clouds after takeoff. Goodbye, Iceland...we'll be back again soon!

I spent most of the flight watching random movies on the entertainment system (because really, when else would I take the time to watch Deepwater Horizon?). I took a break to have a sandwich for lunch, and happened to look out the window... we were passing over Greenland. This was easily one of the best views I've ever had of the scenery.

It was really cool to see the glaciers emptying out into the water.

After a while, though, the clouds filled back in and we lost sight of the scenery. I watched a few more random things on the entertainment system to pass the time.

 We finally started to get a bit closer to home. This was somewhere over Pennsylvania; they had gotten some snow a few days earlier.

We flew past Frederick, MD (FDK)...

...then past Dulles. Almost home!

We wound up flying a really long downwind, and it took a while to get back to the airport. At least there was a nice sunset to look at while we waited.

We eventually landed (on Runway 30, which was really interesting!), cleared customs, grabbed our stuff, and got a shuttle back to the car. It was colder in Virginia than it had been in Iceland.

Luckily, though, the car wasn't as buried as we feared it might be from the recent snow. We cleaned up the car and headed home. It had been a really neat trip with some great scenery!

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