Last month I went on an adventure to Iceland, and I loved it. Really, really loved it! I stayed in Reykjavik, the world’s most northern capital city.
I’m splitting my posts about Iceland into two separate posts, this one is all about Reykjavik, and the next one will be about things outside of the city like the geysirs and the Blue Lagoon!
The houses and buildings in the city are charming as they are very dinky and brightly coloured. They make the city feel like its a living and breathing Legoland.
The Harpa Concert Hall is stunning – each of the honeycomb glass windows refracts light in different colours onto the area around the building.
The view from Hallgrímskirkja Church stretches for miles – out to sea and across the landscape of the city and beyond. The statue in front of the Church is of Leif Ericson, the Icelandic Viking who is thought to have discovered America.
This is me in the Handknitting Association of Iceland’s shop. I was in knitting heaven!
Reykjavik has a lot of cats (who the tourists admire as much as some of the main tourist attractions!).
The Sun Voyager sculpture is small but striking in person. It looks out on to the harbour area of Reykjavik.
Me, posing with a large Viking.
Tjörnin lake is in the city center. It would be even more beautiful in summer. I’d love to live in one of the houses along the edge – what a view!
I was sooo cold in this photo! Serves me right for not wearing a coat when it was -3!
These whaling boats were in the harbour. I found it interesting to learn that its mainly tourists that keep the boats running – if tourists didn’t eat whale then the Icelandic whalers would loose their customers as Icelanders don’t eat it (the national dish is shark not whale). If you do visit Iceland, don’t eat whale.
Hamborgarbúllan hamburger restaurant. A really sweet little hamburger joint with excellent food that was good value and served fast.
- Höfnin is a gorgeous little restaurant on the harbour-side which cooks beautiful Icelandic and Nordic food. I had a lovely meal of a traditional grains and vegetables to start, reindeer meatballs for a main, and skyr and berries for dessert. I would go back in a shot.
- The Icelandic Phallological Museum is not for the faint-hearted and after visiting, I felt sick for hours (no, I’m not joking). Seeing so many pickled penises in one room was not amusing like I’d thought it would be!
- Talk to locals: they’re really friendly and keen to share information, and they have a great sense of humour!
- Wear layers. Its cold outside but very warm inside all the restaurants and shops.
- Buy a real Icelandic jumper – they are beautiful. I put aside some money for such a purchase, and I’m so pleased with my gray real-wool-hand-knitted number. It cost somewhere between £80 and £100… which brings me on to my next point…
- Take a calculator or a currency converting app on your phone. The exchange rate of Icelandic Kronas to pounds is way too weird to do in your head!
- Take a good camera. My photos (above) were taken with my Canon 60D and a super-wide angle Sigma lens which enabled me to get more of the city into each shot.
I’m going to post my photos from my excursions outside of Reykjavik soon, and yes, they will include the Northern Lights
Have you been to Iceland? Did you like it as much as me?