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Monday, August 29, 2016

Iceland 2016: Vidgelmir Cave and Grundarfjordur

The day threatened rain. My original plan was to head directly to Grundarfjordur, but on looking at the map (and getting lost), we decided that it was better to try to do a cave tour. I'd been in a cave tour before, but this one promised ice! Indeed, it was icy (and cold!), but the people running it were very flexible, so we got into the 2:30pm tour despite arriving at 3:00pm!

The cave had newly built boardwalks, and so was a much more user-friendly experience than previous cave tours I'd done. That's a good thing, since the age limit was also fairly low (4 years old). What's disappointing is that apparently the ice has been melting and we'd missed the peak ice time, but then Bowen got so cold that he said he was done with ice cave tours.

After the cave tour, the tour guides recommended that we visited the a nearby waterfall that was built on a lava flow. It was well worth the trip.

We arrived at our AirBnB too late in the evening to do much except buy groceries for dinner, though Bowen and I managed to visit the local swimming pool to swim. Unfortunately we did not bring his wet suit and I didn't take into account that he'd gotten used to the extra buoyancy of the wet suit for swimming, so he quickly looked like he was in trouble and the life guard jumped in to "rescue" him. She didn't quite believe he could swim so after that he was stuck in the hot tub for a bit.

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