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Location: Reykjavík

What a day! Our first glimpse of Iceland came from the sky this morning, with the sun reflecting in the sparkling coastal water, and the bright green and black expanses of the Reykjanes peninsula spread out below us, peeking through persistent clouds. Most of us spent last night on the plane and greeted the day with this spectacular first view of this sparsely populated and beautiful island. Once we sank below the clouds, we met up with Keeley at the Keflavik International Airport arrival gate. She has been here in Iceland ahead of time, getting things prepped and ready for the trip. We started getting to know each other over breakfast and then headed straight to the famed Blue Lagoon, a stunning geothermal pool or ‘hot pot’ as the locals call them. We were grateful for the chance to wash away the jet lag in the warm, soothing, silica-rich waters of the lagoon. After a relaxing swim and some shockingly sour Icelandic skyr smoothies, we smeared our faces with some exfoliating clay masks and ate a quick lunch before making our way to Reykjavik proper. We settled into our apartment downtown and spent the afternoon exploring the surrounding neighborhood and shopping district. The day finished off with a welcome dinner and group orientation. We are all eager to get some sleep despite the fact that it won’t really get dark tonight! We’re very excited to explore the Golden Circle tomorrow, and see more of this beautiful country!