This year, I spent my summer holidays in Iceland. I first had the idea about a year ago when I did an internship in a travel agency. So on August 4, after a 10 hour bus journey to Berlin, a 6 hour stopover in our capital, and a 4 hour flight to Keflavik, I finally arrived in Iceland around midnight, tired but happy. I hopped onto the airport shuttle to the bus terminal in Reykjavik, and walked to our hostel where my friend was already waiting for me.
A day in Reykjavik
The best thing to do is really just walking around town. Along the main shopping street Laugavegur and the side streets, there are numerous cafés, second-hand stores, gift shops, outdoor stores, galleries… there is so much to discover. You can even send letters to the Icelandic Santa – there’s a special post box for your wishes!
Walk towards the water, where you’ll see Harpa, the new, stylish concert hall that reopened in 2011 and is now an architectural attraction. Along the water, you’ll find art and sculptures everywhere, like a skeleton of a Viking boat. In the cute restaurants at the harbour, you have to try one of the famous fish soups! You can also try whale meat and loads of other fish dishes.
On a hill in the centre of Reykjavik, there is Hallgrimskirkja, the famous church and icon of Reykjavik, which was named after poet Hallgrímur Pétursson. It actually reminded me of Asgard. Plus, there was a “Café Loki” just on the other side of the street, how cool is that? In front of the church, there is a statue of Leif Eriksson, who is said to have discovered America around 100 AD.
If you want to get a good view over the city, you either pay to get up into the church, or you go a bit further and visit Perlan, a complex built around hot water tanks on a hill, where you can access the 360° viewing platform for free.There is also the Saga Museum, artificial geysers and a café that offers delicious cakes and ice cream.