Almost three months of travel were coming to an end and before returning to Vancouver, Canada, we spent a couple of nights at an Airbnb, located about a 15 drive from central Reykjavik. A convenient spot between the airport and the city. It also made for an easy drive to the Blue Lagoon, which we were fortunate to visit on or last night. Wrapping up this leg of 5050 Travelog, we will have a post from Iceland coming up in a few days.
Reykjavik was an interesting city to visit and has an unmistakable Scandinavian flair. The city feels remote and yet modern at the same time. We did not come to Iceland to visit Reykjavik but it was an enjoyable experience. To keep our cost in check we shopped at the local grocery store and cooked our meals in the common kitchen in the Airbnb. I think we may have discussed the challenges of getting coffee while on the road in the blog from time to time. Although promised, there was no coffee to be found in the Airbnb. There was however a sign promising free coffee at the neighbourhood coffee shop. At the coffee shop, which didn’t open till 9 am, they had never heard of it but served us a much needed cup all the same. Great service, and we decided to go back the following day and this time, paid for our coffees.
We spent a morning in the city centre. Parked by Hallgrímskirkja, the iconic 74.5 metre tall church. We toured the clock tower and snapped a view pic or two and then ventured into the quaint and cozy streets. After a short while the sun came out and the photographer was happy as the bright colours of the city really stood out. The centre is quite touristy with dozens of gift shop featuring countless Icelandic wool sweaters. Very tempting but we resisted. We warmed ourselves in a nice coffee shop but did not spend more than a couple of hours in the city. We had to get back for our 3 pm time slot at the Blue Lagoon.