When I booked our tickets to the US a few months ago, I realized we would have a quick stopover in Iceland and so we decided to make the most of it and to spend a few days there before continuing on to the US. It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Reykjavík was beyond description. Rugged and beautiful, natural and clean. And just, I don’t know . . . cool. And so we woke up bright and early on Tuesday morning, and after a quick whip round our flat in England, we loaded up our 6 massive suitcases and headed for Heathrow.
We arrived in Reykjavík around 5 pm, got a taxi to the apartments we were staying at ( which we would completely recommend ), and after ditching all of our worldly possessions ( seriously ) we went in search of the grocery store, had a bit of dinner, and then we all crashed and had an early night.
We woke up on Wednesday morning slightly disoriented as it was still dark at 9 am, and after a bit of googling, we decided to watch the sunrise ( at 10:30! ) from the observation tower of Hallgrímskirkja – the largest church in Iceland. The church is said to have been designed to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland’s landscape, and it’s really rather striking. The views from the top were breathtaking, although it was incredibly windy!
The beautiful view over downtown Reykjavík
We spent our first full day exploring downtown Reykjavík and we started on the main shopping street, Laugavegur. Our favorite shop was the Handknitting Association of Iceland where we all picked up some lovely wooly mittens.
Mittens for all
Looking down a random side street along Laugavegur
We then stopped for lunch at one of Reykjavík’s most famous places to eat, Bæjarins beztu pylsur, and Milo had his very first hot dog. Which he promptly spit out.
Day three dawned and we hopped a bus for a tour of the Golden Circle. The first stop was Geysir hot springs.
The rugged terrain
Watching the water bubble
The best picture I got of the big one blowing
The next stop was Gullfoss waterfall, and it was out of this world beautiful.
The boys at the top of the windy viewing platform
Next up was the UNESCO World Heritage site, Þingvellir ( Thingvellir ) National Park.
On our last day of the trip, we decided to spend the morning before our flight at The Blue Lagoon. It was simply magical.
The milky blue water
Watching the sunrise over the mountains while relaxing in the warm water
p.s. If you’re after more pictures, I took quite a few and posted them to my instagram feed – enjoy!