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Reykjavik, Capital Region, Iceland
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After three days hiking and camping along the southern coast of Iceland, and two days living the budget lifestyle by cooking our own meals and drinking the alcohol we brought from home (everyone can, and should with the way prices are, bring your allotted 3 kg of food and drink), we decided to relax our pursestrings for the final day of our vacation.

We started with a jaunt to the Blue Lagoon, which is a geothermal hot spring pool about a 45 minute drive from Reykjavik. A round trip bus ticket and entry pass was about $100 per person. Upon entering, you received a bracelet that kept track of your other purchases, like towels (save money and bring your own!) and food and drink. The pool itself was enormous and lived up to its reputation as a "must-do". Though there were a ton of people in the water, if you ventured away far enough you could find a little bit of privacy. There were also steam rooms, both hot and dry, a hot waterfall that felt like a massage when you stood under it, and an in-pool bar. We had a great time and considered the whole thing money well spent. Very relaxing. If you're able to go to and fro straight from the main bus station I would recommend it. If you get pick up service you could get stuck on another 30-40 minute bus ride riding around collecting people from their hotels...

After taking the bus back to Reykjavik, we found a restaurant a few blocks off the main shopping area called Trir Frakkar. As far as prices went, entrees were a shade under the standard 5000-6000 krona ($50-$60 USD) we were accustomed to seeing. For couples, we couldn't have asked for anything more. It was cozy, romantic, and the menu had a ton of foods that we had never seen stateside. We tried puffin, whale, and horse. I don't think I'll ever have whale again, given all the stigma surrounding it, but as an exploratory eater I decided to try it once in my life. It was served sashimi style and had a very rich, strong flavor. The puffin was smoked, and quite gamey. It's not something I would order again, but did so only because where else but Iceland would I ever get a chance to try one? Trir Frakkar also had the best gravlax I'd ever had, and we get some pretty good gravlax in New York so they are certainly doing something right. Including appetizers and a bottle of wine, the total was around $200 USD, which I think was pretty good for fine dining considering Iceland's normal price points. All in all, it was the perfect way for a couple to end our time in Iceland, and I can't more highly recommend the restaurant.
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