Sooo since I’ve been home, I’ve had multiple people tell me their next trip is going to be to Iceland which makes me SO happy because it’s amazing. Usually the next thing they say to me is asking about where we went and what my favorite parts were. Instead of explaining it to 20 different people I just decided it’d be easier to put it all on a blog.
DAY 1 (Sunday):
We landed at Keflavík International Airport around 6:30 am. We went through the typical customs and baggage claim and then proceeded to get our rental car – I talked more about this in my last blog post if you want more info. But since our check in at the Air Bnb wasn’t until 2 pm, we drove to the Bridge between Two Continents which is about a 22 minute drive from the airport.
Pretty much you get to blow a Walk to Remember away and stand on two continents at once instead of two states. This bridge connects the Eurasian and North American plate and if you went as early as we did, you’ll also get an amazing sunrise.
What to put into maps: Skógarbraut 945, 235 Reykjanesbær, Iceland
After, we went into Reykjavík which is about a little less than an hour from the bridge. The city’s main section is small and very walkable if you can handle the hills. The view from some of the streets is gorgeous with the hills, colorful buildings, and mountains in the background scenery.
Iceland’s biggest industry is tourism. There are so many souvenirs stores along their main strip. What many people know about Iceland is that they are known for their nightlife, but after some research you’d also find that there are A LOT of coffee places. Our personal favorite was Braud & Co (16, Frakkastígur, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland). You can’t miss it when walking by – it’s a tie-dye building. I didn’t try their coffee but my mom and Devin said it was their favorite. Every baked good we tried here was DELICIOUS. Try it, trust me. My favorite was hands down the cinnamon croissant.
The most surprising thing we stumbled upon was the amount of graffiti in the city. Almost every building had a graffiti tag on it and some building were even covered in it as you can see below.
In the middle of the main part of the city, there’s a large Lutheran Church called Hallgrimskirkja. You literally can’t miss it, if you pay $9 inside you can take a trip to the top of the tower where you can get a birds eye 360 degree view of the city. I personally thought it was worth the money and if you go into the church you can see the huge organ they have in there – it’s unreal.
If you’re looking for an Airbnb in the city, I’d recommend searching around Hallgrimskirkja. You can see where our place was in the picture above from the top of the church. It was SO easy to walk around from there and we were in a quiet yet central location in the city. It slept 3 people comfortable and you get to experience more culture than just staying in a hotel – plus it was a lot cheaper.
Spending the first day in the city was the way to go because we were all exhausted, jet lagged, and slightly delusional. There are so many cool shops and places to see, it’s totally worth a whole day!