On the first day of the New Year, we took the time to explore Reykjavik. While not much was open, there was still plenty to do and see! I highly recommend taking this same path to get to all of the major sights!
We started by heading over to Tjörnin to take pictures by The Sun Voyager. Walking along the water was freezing but quite beautiful!
Our next stop was to walk across the street and up the hill to Hallgrímskirkja, to get the iconic outdoor and indoor pictures. We were able to get the outdoor one however, the tower was closed on New Year’s Day. I highly suggest you get up the tower to see all of downtown Reykjavik.
We walked down the main street, to head to lunch and do some shopping (we made it to Hard Rock Cafe and The Viking) however, much was closed. Thus, we carried onto Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center. This is definitely a MUST SEE! Both the interior and exterior are exquisite and it’s worth checking out every level.
“Date Night” at Kaffibarinn and Apotek
After a long “winter’s nap”, we headed out for a “date night” of drinks and dinner! We started at Kaffibarinn – The most well-known bar in Iceland. It’s partly owned by a famous British singer and was also the setting for a well-known Icelandic movie. It’s a cozy and quaint hole-in-the-wall. From there, we walked back towards our hotel, to head to Grillmarkadurinn – an incredible restaurant we stumbled upon in a charming alleyway, and fell in love with. A new restaurant for Reykjavik, it features an amazing, mouth-watering menu. It’s another must-eat-at. I ordered the peanut steak (vegan dish) and corn on the cob with lava salt (both were unbelievable). My other half ordered the salmon and loved it. We shared the Icelandic ice cream assortment for dessert – a must-have! NOTE: Buy their lava salt – they do sell it!
My suggestion is to take one day of your choosing to relax and enjoy the wandering around the city. With it being highly walkable, there’s really no way to get lost and even if you do, you won’t mind it.
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