Iceland has been on my bucket list for many years…I am so excited to finally be here! (You can see some of my favourite things about Reykjavík here). I landed late last night, took the Flybus to my hostel – Oddsson Ho(s)tel and called it a night. I’m so glad I decided to stay at the Oddsson; it’s clean, it’s in a perfect location (10 minute walk from the city centre) and the staff is helpful and accommodating.
I was up fairly early today and decided to roam around the city for a few hours. I walked along the harbour and stopped at the Harpa building; Reykjavík’s concert hall. You are free to walk around the inside of the building; they even have a cafe on the ground floor.
I also stopped to see the famous Sólfar (“Sun Voyager”) sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason. I can now understand why this unique sculpture is one of the most photographed attractions in Reykjavík – it really is something to see in person.
Hallgrímskirkja church was next up. I am a huge fan of Brutalist architecture (similar to Gothic) and I found this church to be absolutely stunning. Inside, there is a beautiful pipe organ and an observation tower where you can look out onto the city and the surrounding mountains.
I stopped in at The Noodle House for a noodle soup with chicken – delicious! A hot chocolate was calling my name, so I stopped by Mokka Kaffi (touted by many as the “best café in Reykjavík”) and it did not disappoint. Even though I didn’t have coffee, the hot chocolate was amazing. I will definitely be back to try their delicious looking waffles.
I walked around Laugavegur, Reykjavík’s downtown shopping street. There are many great restaurants, shops and unique buildings to be seen – I am in love with all the colourful houses in this city! After a long day of strolling through the streets, I stopped at the Burger Joint on the harbour front for a well deserved meal. The burgers were really good and the atmosphere was even better – old school hip-hop playing in the background, fairy lights and a myriad of posters & portraits covering the walls…what more can you ask for?
Great first day in Iceland…off to the Blue Lagoon tomorrow 🙂