After an early morning, shuffling through customs, our first stop was the Blue Lagoon. It may be expensive and touristy but since I’m a tourist, I thought this place was totally worth it! Nothing could’ve eased us into ‘vacation mode’ quite like sinking into warm, sapphire water with a cold drink in hand. I’d describe my first whiff of Iceland as a mix of firecrackers, egg farts, and fresh rain. It grows on you!
We got to Reykjavik and saw:
Kolaportið, a small but nice flea market, with stalls of meme t-shirts, lopapeysa (Icelandic wool sweaters), records, movies, old postcards…
The Harpa. I read that the Harpa was controversial in its creation. I can only comment on its unique beauty- colorful honeycomb glass walls looking out toward the harbor. It was a really lovely spot to look out at the harbor in the rain.
The sun came out as we walked to the Sun Voyager (Sólfar)!
Lunch was hot dogs w/ everything at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. Supposedly, each hot dog you eat takes 36 minutes off your life, but Icelandic hot dogs are DELICIOUS and I am OK shaving off a year or two.
It was empty when we arrived at the Kvika footbath to soak our sore feet but we were happy to be joined by a cool couple from Germany!
We all watched the sun go down over the ocean then Jason and I walked to the Grotta lighthouse in an eerie dusk.
•Iceland closes early- we were glad to get a late night dinner at Mandi. Hahaaa, the memory of the employee yelling, “Mandi lamb! Mandi lamb!” keeps cracking me up.
•Our hotel TV had a horror channel! So we went to bed watching Child’s Play 2. Perfect end to the day!
Iceland is awesome! So beautiful, quirky, wild, and easy going.
Yes!!! Do you have posts from Iceland? If so, I’d love to see them!
Public art! How refreshing!! LITERALLY!