Strolling It All

And taking my sweet time to do it.


Looking out for wayward travelersReykjavik (this is the third post in an ongoing series about Iceland)

We arrived in Reykjavik by air, as most people do. It’s an odd little airport, sluggishly chaotic, but it serves its purpose. It’s a simple affair to catch a bus to the city center. You purchase a ticket from the ticket booth and they point you to a big bus in the parking lot. They’ll ask where your hotel or final destination is when they take your ticket. Then they’ll drive the bus to a transfer station, where you board a smaller bus to get to your destination. They’re very service-minded, speak great English, and will get you where you need to go.  If you’re confused, they’ll help, and they seem to make an effort to ensure that no one is on the wrong bus. I mostly say that because I was on the wrong bus and they got me on the right one.

Our driver mentioned that sometimes if you tell them your street address they’ll take you
Street LIferight to your front door (instead of the nearest official stop).

Reykjavik is a small manageable city by foot; we stayed in the old part, which was perfect.  A short walk in any direction led to many fun adventures.Guys Walking

There are numerous hip restaurants, markets, music venues, and cool things to see.  There’s a working shipyard area, a port, Viking museums, several art galleries, a world-class opera house, a spectacular church, a thriving live music scene, great shopping, and endless scenic spots and gathering areas to enjoy your time in Reykjavik.


8ee6-6776-e600-8582The Icelandic sense of style and design incorporates both traditional and modern motifs in unique ways. Simple, clean lines are an ongoing theme, from fashion to interior design to architecture. Arty graffiti and a keen sense of bold patterns and color spices up the scenery.



Image-1And to top if off, the streets are full of friendly cats (who need pets) and a buzzing youthful7aa2-7b5e-6975-6e5b Gatheringenergy.






Above  is a picture of youngsters buying a hot dog (national favored treat) at 1am under the midnight sun. And here is a shot of Icelandic kids having some coffee.  In general the population is fit, engaged and “arty”


The Boat Yard offers a unique perspective. 1c7d-bc5d-7bee-1e4d


07e3-9026-ba6f-df47Boat excursions, bike rentals, and longer hikes are fun and plentiful.  You can also ferry to nearby islands and see Puffins.

Everyone likes Puffins!



We visited in July, when days are 20 hours long and night never fully falls.  Daytime weather ranged between 60 – 70 degrees, with sunny, clear skies, and nights were in the low 50’s. We rented an apartment through Airbnb, which had a kitchen, and we had great fun exploring and cooking with local 7007-37d3-244f-a5c4ingredients and baked goods.  Smoked Salmon was a great deal, as were many other types of fish and seafood.  The dairies there produce great cheeses, and some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had can be found at a
place near the water called Valdis

We also enjoyed several meals out.  One super-fun, casual place was called the Laundromat Café, and it actually did have a Laundromat in the basement.

Image-1-7One of my friends is vegan, and we had no trouble finding her a variety of tasty selections.  Reykjavik is extremely safe for walking or biking.  The whole country is in fact, almost entirely crime free, clean and socially benevolent.



Here is a picture of their world class performing arts center.


Even little houses like to spring a little art on ya.House Art







Small and large parks are plentiful.

Small ParkPark

And they like em Acrobatic Yoga

The epic Church, part of one of the many organs and a picture of the stained glass.





The ever mesmerising midnight sun (2AM)




We stayed for four days, but you could b67f-732d-17ed-8027easily stay longer – especially if you pick up a car for excursions to the Golden Circle, Vik or Skogafoss waterfall.




Reykjavik could easily serve as a nice home base for those who want a big taste of Iceland without having to re-pack their bags.  I’d even consider stopping
2026-4721-209e-0634there for a few days on the way somewhere else just to eat the incredible fish, drink the local beer, maybe catch some music, and chill out.


Iceland – how we got there and what we know about it.


The Golden Circle


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