Trip Start May 30, 2013
Trip End Jun 06, 2013

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Igdlo Guesthouse Reykjavík
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Iceland  , Capital Region,
Friday, May 31, 2013

We ate breakfast this morning in the hostel; Ingi prepared us our own little platter of meats, cheeses, bread and salad to start off our day, which was very kind of him. He also gave us tips on what to see on our visit to Reykjavik centre. It was raining as we headed out, the sky was grey and there was a definite chill in the air, but we were excited nevertheless. 

It was a five minute walk to the Hallgrimskirkja - the tallest Church in Iceland. It was named for a famous Icelandic poet, Hallgrimur Petursson, and it's distinctive style was meant to resemble the basaltic columns that are found along Iceland's coasts. 

We went inside and looked around; for a church it is very nice; quite modern in style and with an impressive organ - there were a couple of bus loads of tourists who did seem quite taken with it! We then paid a couple of kronur each to go to the top of the church tower, and enjoy the views of the city it offered. The views were awesome; you could really see how low and spread out the city is, and so colourful! Each roof was a different bright colour, and it was really striking. The rain was coming in and the wide from this height was biting - really not a good idea for me to have shaved my head 2 days before coming here! Whilst we were up in the bell tower, the bells tolled and I had the fright of my life!

Once we'd spent some time admiring the view, we headed down and out of the church, and walked along the main shopping street (smaller than Northumberland Street in Newcastle, and with only a handful of people even out) popping in to a couple of shops along the way. One was called Woolcano, and had some of the most amazing authentic Icelandic woolly jumpers made by local farmers. I really wanted one, but they were like £100...maybe not!

We walked along the harbour in the rain and saw Solfár - the viking ship sculpture. According to the photos we'd seen before coming, there's a huge mountain range across the harbour, but the day has been so misty that we haven't been able to see it at all today. Hopefully at some point it will clear up! After spending some time doing the tourist thing with Solfár, we then walked back along the harbour past the Kolaportid flea market, which we're planning to go visit on Sunday, when it's open. In the harbour, there were tonnes of signs showing how many ships had been lost in Icelandic waters between 1870-2009 - there are lots!

The weather was very changeable throughout the rest of the day; it's apparently a common joke that you will experience every season in a day in Reykjavik, and we definitely got to see this. It went from driving, freezing rain and wind to sunny and warm enough to shed our jackets, within the space of about 10 minutes - very weird! 

We carried on through the harbour to a pier filled with tourist boats proffering whale and puffin cruises, and deep sea fishing trips. Coming round the corner, we discovered a hot dog cart called Baejarins Betzu Pylsur - supposedly the best hotdogs in the world. Laura had heard of this before coming, and was telling me about all the famous people who had eaten there - including Bill Clinton - so naturally we went and got the one 'with everything'...and it was delicious! Really cheap too - we'd definitely recommend going if you get the chance :)

After we'd finished scoffing our hotdogs, we continued walking through the town. I'm not kidding when I say it was deserted - the entire population of Iceland is less than that of Tyne and Wear, so I was expecting it to be quiet, but just how quiet it was really surprised me. We passed a little supermarket called Bonus and decided to pop in there for some food for dinner. Bonus was really cool - they had lots of neat stuff - and we stocked up on our favourites; bread, meat and cheese.

We'd gotten a bit of a chill by now, so headed back to the hostel to have a little picnic of the stuff we bought, then put ourselves to bed; we have an action packed day of Icleandic Pony riding on a farm tomorrow, and we wanted to be fresh for it...excited!!

Deej x 

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gilmer on

Sounds like a fun and exciting trip...

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