Reykjavik, Iceland

We had two full days to explore Reykjavik. We left our hostel early because we had to drive to Reykjavik and we had booked a whale watching tour that departed the harbour at 9 AM.

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Reykjavik’s Old Harbour is very picturesque and colourful. Full of restaurants and cafes, there is bound to be place to satisfy your seafood cravings. We couldn’t have asked for a better weather. The first day in the city was warm and sunny and I even got a bit sunburned on the boat.

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The whale watching tour was super expensive in my opinion and we had no luck in seeing whales. Well, some managed to see the back and tail fin of a minke whale. Whales are wild animals and it depends on your luck whether you see one or not. I just think that the whale watching tour was better organized and the vessel was better suited for the job in New Zealand. Also there were more people on the tour than in NZ which made it difficult to see as people crowded some areas.

We actually decided to eat at the Old Harbour on the first day. It was almost 7 pm and the sun was shining so we decided to enjoy local fish and chips. So good! The fish was mouth-watering.

Reykjavik is a lovely tiny city. The main street is full of souvenir shops one after another. But the street art was mind-blowing! It is worth walking around the city centre just so see it.

We went to two museums in Reykjavik. On the first day we went to Saga Museum, because we thought it might be the place to learn more about vikings and Iceland’s early years. The museum was quite small and because of some effects the air was stuffy. The museum was quite old-fashioned and we browsed through it in thirty minutes.

It was raining the next day so we decided to go to the Whale museum that we had gotten a discount voucher. I love whales so I enjoyed the museum. You download the app on your smart phone and you get headphones at the entrance. The museum is pretty expensive so if you are not interested in whales or walking around big halls with giant plastic replicas, you might want to skip this one. The coolest detail in the museum was that they had whale’s tail hooks in the bathroom. I wish you could have bought them from the shop.

Hmm.. What else? Well in Reykjavik make sure you try you try a couple of tha local delicacies. Pylsur, the local hot dog, is quite cheap for a snack, but prepare yourself for a bit of queuing. I bought pylsur mustard from the supermarket to give my mom and dad, and they liked it a lot.

The Icelandic donut, kleinur, is also worth a try even though I would take a cinnamon bun over it any day of the week. Just go inside a bakery and see what they have to offer.

Reykjavik is a small city and I’m so glad we decided to spend most of our journey outside the city. Iceland has so much to offer and the scenery is breathtaking. I have to admit though that it was nice to enjoy the city and see some people.

Reykjavik is a very colourful city with the street art and the different coloured houses. My two favourite buildings were the grey Hallgrímskirkja and Harpa (that reminds me of the Black Diamond library in Copenhagen).

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The second day in Reykjavik it pretty much rained non-stop. The perfect way to and a holiday before sleeping one night in a hostel close to the airport was to go to the Blue Lagoon.

Blue Lagoon is really expensive in my opinion. It wasn’t as crowded as I had feared. We tried to get our moneys worth and managed to stay there for 2,5 hours before turning into a complete prunes. Thank you Iceland, you were amazing! Can’t wait to visit you again (and maybe see some whales!)

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