Reykjavík, Iceland 2016


Iceland has become an increasingly popular place to visit and I can see why. As someone who has not grown up in Iceland, it is hard to understand the simple, minimalist lifestyle the traditional people have. They do have designer shops, restaurants and bars, but these are primarily located in the centre of Reykjavík, down and around the main street- Laugavegur. That said, the minimalist lifestyle is -in a strange way - very charming.

Our first day there was on a Sunday. Typically, this meant not much was open. Conveniently, this was when we were awake and ready to explore! Although we were slightly disappointed, we did deduce this to 'Sunday hours' and we gave Laugavegur and Austurstræti another chance on Tuesday- which was so much better.

On Day 1, we had dinner at Perlan (The 'Pearl') which is a 360 rotating restaurant, overlooking Reykjavík. If you go, you must go here. The food is perfect, albeit expensive. To give you an idea: 2 glasses of wine, 2 mains and 1 desert to share cost us just over 18,000 ISK (£50 each). However, you get all of the following included: bread basket, taster starter, taster platter desert chocolates and endless water.

Day 2 was dedicated to the Blue Lagoon and exploring the retail offerings of Iceland. The Lagoon was a fantastic experience. I felt so relaxed. With endless access to face masks, a glass of bubbly and hot spots everywhere - oh my.

On Day 3 we decided on the Golden Circle Tour: Þingvellir National Park; the Gullfoss Waterfall; Geysir Hot Springs and Skálholt Cathedral. Terrible weather- still great.

Unfortunately - no Northern Lights for us. We missed the last day of the tour by two days. If you had a car,  however, they were still visible. Just one reason to return!

P.S Go to Kaffibarinn for drinks. So cool and cosy.

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