What’s the first thing that comes to mind when u think about Iceland? Perhaps some might say cold, remote or even never heard of it. After experiencing Iceland for the second time, what comes to mind for me is a serene, beautiful land. While somewhat small in size and inhabitants (approximately on 320,00), it is big on ambience and adventure.
Reykjavik is quite diverse in that it has a great deal to offer visitors. It has everything from history, museums, fine dining, shopping, culture, nightlife, adventure, and health and wellness.
The settlement museum as depicted in this sign is an interesting way to start your visit. Archaeologists dug up remains from the first settlers of the land. This exhibit not only explains in detail the beginning, it also visually displays the first house that was found in this site. In the end, one leaves knowing and feeling what it was like to have been an early settler.
Another great vantage point from which to see the entire city of Reykjavik is from the tower at the top of Hallgrimskirkja. On a clear day you can see the entire city from the top of this church tower. While the church itself is architecturally unique , there is nothing ornate about it.
There is an abundance of eateries, cafes, and coffee shops to try. One of my favorite fine dining establishments is the Grill Market. On the lower level, my table was positioned such that I felt as if I had walked through a forest. My favorite dish is the fish sampler which comes with Icelandic cod, salmon, and snapper. It was served with fresh bread, roasted vegetables and potatoes.
In downtown, the main shopping street is Laugarvegur. Wool sweaters, hats, gloves and scarves are abundant. A variety of souvenir and jewelry shops as well as a variety of other goods can be found here.
For the adventure seekers there are plenty of activities. The other night I went on a northern lights tour. One can walk on a glacier, take the golden circle tour, see the Icelandic horses, or even go whale watching.
The icelandic people are warm, and quite friendly towards visitors. The weather changes rapidly. It is often said, if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes, it will change! Last year when I visited it was quite snowy. This year quite rainy, with brief periods of sunshine.
Reykjavik has so much to offer that one can return several times and not have the same experienc twice!!
Safe journeys, Debbie