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What I wore in Iceland

What I wore in Iceland

With a name like Iceland, you’d expect a bit of cool weather on a trip there. We went in October, which is considered the off-season. The temperature usually ranges around 2 and 7 degrees Celsius. It’s cool, verging on cold, especially in the evenings. With […]

A Taste of Iceland

A Taste of Iceland

Iceland isn’t necessarily known for being a food destination. Because it’s an island, and there’s not much arable land, they have to ship a lot of food in. That’s reflected in the prices. It’s not super cheap to eat dinner out, that’s for sure. Here’s […]

Iceland – Between the Continents

Iceland – Between the Continents

Iceland is one of the most geologically interesting places on earth. Because of it’s location on the mid-Atlantic range, the geothermal activity is rampant. This is why there are so many volcanoes, lava fields and hot springs throughout the country.

One place you can see the continental divide for yourself in the Reykjanes Peninsula. (It’s not too far from the Blue Lagoon!) There is even a bridge between the North American and Eurasian Tectonic plates.

This is a cool little spot as you’re driving throughout the island. It’s not too far from Reykjavik, so it makes a nice little stop. It wasn’t very busy while we were there either. There was maybe 5 or 6 other people. It’s worth it for the photo of your travel partner on a different continent than you!

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Iceland – Driving the Golden Circle

Iceland – Driving the Golden Circle

One of the ‘can’t miss’ things to do in Iceland is the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle consists of a few prominent sites, including Þingvellir National Park, the Gulfoss Waterfall, and Haukadalur Geothermal area. There are a few other stops you can make. One we […]

Iceland – Chasing the Northern Lights

Iceland – Chasing the Northern Lights

One of the reasons we chose to visit Iceland during the time of year we did was to see the Northern Lights. A couple weeks before we left, I saw this article from The Lonely Planet about a new Northern Lights viewing centre just outside […]

Iceland – Visiting Reykjavik

Iceland – Visiting Reykjavik

What inspired us to take a trip to the Northern-most capital in the world on the verge of winter? Not sure. I wanted to take an island vacation, and this is where we ended up.

In reality it was always a dream to visit Iceland. We had a great time, but both Ethan and I agreed that we were happy we went but we’re not dying to go back.

Anyway, here’s what we got up to in Reykjavik.

On the day of our arrival, we got to our AirBNB and immediately crash for a nap. We both loved the AirBNB we stayed at. It was pretty roomy, not too far from downtown or any of the major highways. We also rented a car, and the apartment had free parking. After our nap, we headed downtown.

Our first stop was the famous Hallgrímskirkja. If you’ve seen photos of Reykjavik, you’ve probably seen this church. It’s probably the most famous landmark in the city.

We also paid the 1000 ISK (about $10 CAD) to go up the elevator to see the view from the top of Hallgrímskirkja. We were happy we did that. It might not be worth it for everyone, but it was for us.

Over the 6 days we spent in Iceland, we visited Reykjavik a handful of times. We mostly wandered around the downtown core and along the water front.

We also couldn’t miss the shopping along the main street, Laugavegur.

Downtown Reykjavik was easy to get to from our apartment. We never took the bus in, but we didn’t have much trouble finding parking. After the first day when we parked in the P1 section (which has the most expensive parking), we learned to park a little farther for cheaper parking. We parked at Hallgrímskirkja one evening, because the parking is free, and it’s easier to find a spot later in the day.

We had a good time exploring the city, and we loved how easily walkable it is. You can probably carve out a day in your trip to see everything you want to see in the city.

For more on our trip to Iceland, check out my other posts.