One of the cool things about Cade and I’s location is that we have a great view of not only the Reykjavik Airport but of Perlan (Icelandic for Pearl). It’s this giant dome that we immediately noticed after moving in and constantly discuss when we’re going to go check it out.
Well, after a couple months of getting settled, we finally had some free time and a pretty good day weather-wise, so we started the trek over.
It doesn’t seem like it’s that far, but walking it took us a good 20-30 minutes just to make it to the trail that was at the base. We started our way up one of the trails and took in the scenery. As we neared the top, we got some pretty awesome views of our new city…but the really good views were yet to come.
We had set an agenda for our time at Perlan – see the ice cave museum, walk the observation platform, and get some coffee in the restaurant. Because weather in Iceland is a fickle being, we decided to start with the observation deck while the sun was still shining and there was no precipitation. The views did not disappoint.
I don’t know what it is, but it seems like both Cade and I have a thing for seeing places from up high, especially if we’re living there. We have quite the track record of being in tall buildings and observation decks – Seattle, Berlin, Boston, an observation car on a train through Montana, and now Reykjavik. There’s something about seeing a place from up high that just gives you perspective and it has even more meaning if you’re living there.
Once we started to feel a bit frozen, we made our way back inside to the restaurant for some warm coffee and a snack. The food was very yummy, the coffee toasty warm, and the views from inside were just as good as out on the deck.
With full bellies and newly warmed hands, we made our way down to the ice cave museum. Luckily, we timed it well, and the next English speaking tour was only about 10 minutes away. We spent the waiting time checking out the photo exhibit they had out. It was pretty incredible photography and continued to grow my amazement with this land we now call home. I wish I would have taken pictures of some of them, but I was too distracted enjoying their beauty. So, I guess if you really want to see them you’ll have to come visit us and I’ll take ya.
Soon enough, we were bundling up and making our way into the ice cave. To be completely honest, our tour guide seemed nice, but I didn’t listen to hardly anything he said because I was far too distracted looking at all the ice formations. So, while Cade probably got a very informative lesson on ice caves, I instead explored and took pictures. Let me show you..
Seeing a man-made one really makes me want to book a tour to go see a real one, like, right now! Hopefully we’ll do that before going back home to the US.
After our ice cave adventure, we made our way back out to journey home. But, we kinda got distracted, as seems to be typical for us, and found a couple old WWII bunkers on the hill by the trail. While it might have been cool to go down in them, they had tons of boulders thrown down the entrance, probably to keep people out. And, I of course, assumed that if we trekked over them there would be someone down in the bunker ready to attack us…oh, the lovely anxiety I inherited from my mother. (Love ya, Momma!)
Once we finished our little side trip, we actually made our way home and proceeded to chill for the majority of the day. Days like this, where I get to just chill and explore with my favorite person, are just awesome. Sometimes, our adventures aren’t anything crazy, but the people you explore with and what you make out of it, makes all the difference.
This post if from our adventure on October 22, 2017.