I prefer dividing the Iceland trip in different chapters, in that way the posts are not too long and more easily overviewed. I hope you guys agree 😀
So, the day after our glacier tour we were really excited about finally going into Reykjavik centre and feel the vibe of the city. It felt kind of strange just to have had being dropped of when it was still dark, and then going outside the city to the glacier for the whole upcoming day.
It was really cold and windy but amazingly sunny as we strolled up the Laugavegur street, which is the main street with many boutiques, shops, cafés and restaurants. A lot of cute houses and small alleys branches out from the main street, and I highly recommend deviate up these. You’ll find really personal and cool edgy shops and some art-galleries that is worth a visit.
Doesn’t matter what kinds of food you’re into, you’ll find something that appeals you for sure. But if you’re more into vegan/vegetarian and raw food like me, a stop at Gló restaurant at Laugavegur 20b is a must! They have the tastiest lunch buffet ever, with the possibility to compose your own plate choosing from many different salads, sauces and cooked savory veggies. I had a lovely soup with hummus and a raw vegetable salad. The dessert I didn’t take a picture of, but it was heavenly good too. Some raw food cake with chocolate and blueberries. We had to come back the next day for lunch too because of how good it was 🙂
It’s impossible NOT to visit the Hallgrímskirkja church, the landmark of Reykjavik. It is 74,5 meters high and the second highest building on Iceland. According to me, this is one of the reasons that Reykjavik is such a special city and gives it it’s vibes. All the buildings are low and there’s no skyscrapers or really modern houses in the centre, except the Harpa opera house down by the warf. You can pay something around 10€ and take the elevator up to the top where you’ll have a spectacular view of Reykjavik. Do this! It’s absolutely amazing, especially on a sunny day! (see the main picture above, with the snowy mountains in the background, the sea and all the pretty houses)
The cold weather requires a lot of coffee stops…INSIDE…a warm café. Bring a book with you! Read, drink cappuccino, eat a huge carrot cake that makes you high on sugar for like 5 hours after – it’ll make you forgive the minus degrees and appreciate them even more. Trust me, “exploring-the-city” is more energy consuming than one might think? I always get surprised on how tired I become after a day of going in and out of stores. Even more tired than our day on the glacier. Nature is somehow always giving more energy than it takes.
Before going back to the hotel and taking a nap we visited the Bowie exhibition on Harpa. To be honest, it was a little bit disappointing haha. A wall consisting of maybe 15 (nice, but still…) pictures of David Bowie, but that’s it. So we didn’t stay there too long. But the view from the opera house is really cool so that was a plus!