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!