When you travel, you will inevitably find out areas that you fall in adore with and by the exact same token, you will also locate areas that you do not ever really feel the urge to return to.
For me, Iceland is a single of these areas that I will constantly want to go back to.
When I began organizing the 4 month extended adventure that I at the moment locate myself on, I had anticipated that I would commit the entirety of these 4 months exploring quite a few nations in Africa.
Having said that, when a single of my very best gal pals Chelsea (who you could keep in mind from the Myanmar blogs) recommended going on a girls road trip by means of Iceland, there was no way I was going to turn her down.
Yes, it meant going absolutely out of my way and spending a substantial additional chunk of modify by adding in additional extended haul flights, but Iceland is a single of these areas that is just basically worth the additional time, dollars and work.
This would be my fourth time travelling to Iceland, but there was nonetheless so a great deal that I hadn’t noticed, and this trip would be the great chance to cross far more points off of my Iceland bucket list. It would also permit me to return to some of my favourite areas in this magical nation, and I definitely could not wait.
I arrived into Reykjavik a couple of days ahead of Chelsea and her pal Mel, which gave me a lot of time to do a small ‘Elle’s Greatest Hits of Reykjavik’ tour of the charming Icelandic capital.
So let me take you on a small virtual trip about my favourite areas in Reykjavik!
The absolute very first factor I did was get a coffee from the institution that is Reykjavik Roasters. They have gotten a lot far more well-liked because I final visited (the line out of the door was rather new) but the coffee was just as great as I remembered, and they also served me the very best damn chocolate croissant that I’ve had outdoors France. It is my favourite way to begin a rainy Reykjavik day.
Then, just down the road from Reykjavik Roasters is the fabulously one of a kind Hallgrímskirkja church. I had initially planned on ascending to the leading of the tower, but I had performed it twice ahead of and my brain kept reminding me I was on a tight-ish price range while in Iceland, so I ended up deciding that my moolah would be far better spent on some scrumptious Icelandic meals, so that is what I did subsequent!
Saegreifinn (also referred to as the ‘Sea Baron’) serves what is, in my humble opinion, the very best and most very affordable lobster soup in Reykjavik. The lobster soup and bread unique charges about $15 AUD which could sound high priced, but think me, is definitely a bargain by Icelandic requirements! As an added bonus, it is definitely fricking tasty, and a great way to warm up on a chilly day.
Right after my mainly liquid lunch I necessary to go back to my hostel to modify my socks (blister prevention) and on the way, I remembered that my hostel was fairly a great deal straight adjacent to the starting of skólavörðastígur, which is also in some cases referred to as ‘the rainbow road’.
This colourful road leads correct up to Hallgrímskirkja and is fairly bloody great hunting!
I spent a small when taking photographs ahead of really continuing onwards on my quest for far better socks, but of course I got distracted at the final second. This smiley guy was hanging out just subsequent door to my hostel and as I speedily found, quite a great deal enjoyed becoming played with!
Right after altering into my deliciously thick and comfy merino socks, I headed off to the concert hall of Reykjavik, the seriously beautiful Harpa. This creating is surely a single of Iceland’s most very easily recognisable pieces of architecture, and as an added bonus, it is absolutely cost-free to go and stroll about inside the creating. Iceland is notoriously exxy, so something that will not expense a fairly penny is surely worth carrying out!
By the time I had completed exploring Harpa, I had worked up a definitely huge appetite. Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur is the most nicely identified hotdog stand in the nation and for great cause! A hotdog charges about $five AUD (bargain!) and for $five you get a thing definitely freaking scrumptious. I return to this stand each time I come back to Iceland, and I crave these hotdogs when I leave – which is a testament to just how a great deal I adore them.
My Iceland travel buddy gal pals arrived that evening, and we met up the following day to see a small bit far more of Iceland. The Iceland Phallological Museum is a single of the sillier and far more kitschy points to do in Reykjavik, which is specifically why I adore it.
If you have ever wanted to see hundreds of animals penises then you can’t miss this museum. Alternatively, if you are far more like me and just love a damn great giggle, then I would nonetheless surely advise you go!
This sperm whale penis is practically as extended as I am tall, which tends to make me quite conscious that I would by no means, ever, ever want to be reincarnated as a female sperm whale! I know that males assume size is all that matters, but think me, this is proof that there is such a factor as WAY Also Huge!
Also, yeah, I’ll pass on coming back as a female narwhale too…
The final time I had visited this museum had been 5 years earlier, and I was really glad to find out that I hadn’t matured as well a great deal, and that I could nonetheless quite a great deal have a giggle!
All in all, my time hanging about Reykjavik had been the great way to begin a new adventure in Iceland. Be certain to remain tuned for a entire bunch far more Icelandic posts!
Receiving to Reykjavik: The capital of Iceland is nicely connected to Europe and North America by means of Keflavik airport
Loft Hostel: Nonetheless my favourite hostel in Reykjavik, dorm beds begin at about $70 AUD per evening, click right here to understand far more
Camera: Photos captured with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 in conjunction with the M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/two.eight and M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/two.eight lenses
Bear in mind: Iceland is not a inexpensive spot to consume in restaurants! Either brings some additional dollarydoos or strategy to cook most of your meals