Rrrrrake-ya-vik. I absolutely love the way the Icelandic people say the name of their capital city.
So far, we’ve been here for 3 days, flying in late on Wednesday, August 14. We are staying in this sweet hostel called Kex Hostel, which was originally a biscuit factory. Very cool vibe and not too shabby living quarters. To my delight and maybe George’s chagrin, there are a TON of French tourists, which is making me giddy since I get to practiquer mon Français un peu.
On our first day, we wound up sleeping until 12:30pm due to a very loud snorer in our room. We took the opportunity to just walk around the town, check out Hallgrímskirkja, which is the largest Lutheran church in Iceland. They were playing some hauntingly sweet organ music, which we stayed and listened to for a bit to get out of the rain. We walked along the streets of the main shopping area in town and tried to figure out what we were going to eat for dinner. We ended up going to Noodle Station, a pho place that was actually pretty good since we were cold and it was nice, warm soup. You imagine going from 108* to 50* in the matter of days. Yeah, it’s worse than an OC or Phoenix winter LOW. We wound up spending 2 380 ISK for our dinner which is equivalent to about $20. For pho. Which we can get for like $5 each in the States. Just crazy!
Anyways, we decided to call it a night due to a rain out and we needed to catch up on some sleep.
Day 2, we had to wake up a bit early to check out of our room in order to check into a new room since the room was completely booked for the night. Yeah, poor planning on our part. Well, it rained a bit more, but we braved the rain and decided to check out the old town area with Parliament, a cute lake called Tjörnin and adorable houses, which are all made out of the corrugated metal sheeting. Strange, but probably really effective for the weather? We also checked out one of the oldest cemeteries in Reykjavik. After our stroll, it was time for some food. We decided on the famous Icelandic hot dog from Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur (yeah, try pronouncing that). We have learned that Iceland is NOT as cheap as everyone (the travel recommendations and whatnot) keeps claiming and went to their discount grocery store, Bonus, for some sustenance. We wound up getting a ton of food for 2 272 ISK or about $18. George has almost eaten half of it already…he is way more hungry than I recall.
Today we went on a Golden Circle tour, but that is worthy of its own post.
So far, we are loving Iceland. It is absolutely gorgeous. I definitely recommend that everyone visit this place at least once in their lifetime.
When we are done with this leg of our trip, I will give the complete breakdown of costs for Iceland and how much it cost in USD, so you can get an idea of how much 5 days in Iceland will cost you for moderate spending.