Iceland: What to See in Reykjavik for 2 Days
With a week off in February and a dream of seeing the Northern Lights I joined my sister on an adventure to Iceland.
We met Saturday afternoon at JFK airport in New York and had a bite to eat in the newly renovated terminal 4. Our flight left on time at 9:00 pm and we hoped to catch some shut eye on the 5 hour flight. Our pilot was great and got us to Iceland in only 4 hours. With the time change it was now morning and we had one hour before our bus reservation to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal hot spring landmark.
The short drive to the site resembled photos of the moon. As the sun rose on dark lava rocks sprinkled with snow on a treeless landscape we knew we were no longer in the States.
We upgraded to the package that included a robe, flip flops, a fancy mask and a drink. We were guided into a changing room and given a special bracelet. You could spend the day in the lagoon drinking cocktails and when you leave your bracelet will let them know your balance.
Four face masks are available as you swim in the Lagoon. The white silica one is complimentary and the other 3, lava, algae and mineral are offered at additional costs. Not sure how effective they are but fun to try.
Can anyone identify our Viking photo bomber? Lol
After about 2 hours we were pruny and ready to move onto the next adventure. We showered and considered going into the restaurant for lunch. 6600 Icelandic krona is $55 so that seemed a bit steep for lunch even considering we were a tad delirious on no sleep. We had a snack and caught the bus that leaves every hour for Reykjavík. The bus driver asked for the name of our hotel, and although we did have to change buses at one point, it was relatively easy to get to our hotel.
We checked in and wanted to make the most of the daylight hours so we took a walk down to the waterfront. We were awestruck by the white landscape across the harbor and just about everything on our walk around town.
From all over we could see the peak of the tall church, Hallgrimskirkja. This beautiful structure was only completed in 1986 and dedicated to the most renowned religious Poet from Iceland.
Across from the church is a great little restaurant called Cafe Loki. I tried the Icelandic Plate -Loki. This included rye bread, fish mash, trout, dried fish with butter and a small sample of smelly fermented shark. I tasted it all and was impressed with the texture and flavors. I really liked the bread, butter and trout. The trout is pink like salmon. Rye bread ice cream is a specialty here but I’ll save that for my next trip to Iceland.
Exhausted, we walked back to our hotel and fell fast asleep but woke up around 10 pm excited to look out on the roof for the Aurora Borealis. We think we saw some green in the sky but the lights from the city were too bright.
Staying at the centrally located Kea Storm hotel we awoke to a nice breakfast of oatmeal and fruit, bread, hard boiled eggs with cold ham, cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers. Did I mention the bread and butter is so good here?
With no plan for the day we left to check out some stores on the main road. Around noon we stopped into a tourist office. I thought maybe the on/off double decker bus might be nice for sightseeing. We were advised that we could walk the whole city in 20 minutes so the bus was not really necessary.
We had seen lots of pictures of horses so we thought horse back riding may be fun. Too late. She suggested whale watching. So we grabbed a to go sandwich at a shop called Sandholt on the Main Street and then headed toward the harbor.
Surprisingly the boat headed along the harbor first to look for humpbacks. Apparently they come into this area to feed. When we didn’t see any the captain took us into the sea where the waves were bigger and the cold winds were strong. The bright sun made for some great photos but the whales took the day off. We were promised a free trip anytime from tomorrow to 5 years from now to watch again. Just have to tell our names to the office. Ok. Maybe we will.
After the boat trip we stopped for lobster soup and bread at Seabaron, one of the small establishments in one of the turquoise buildings near the harbor. They also offer fish kabobs which looked interesting.
We walked back to the hotel in time to meet up with our guide and tour group for the G Adventures tour the next 4 days. I used G Adventures on my solo trip Solo Day to Thailand in 2016 and had such a great time.
We will be heading out to the country tomorrow morning to hike lava caves, see waterfalls and hopefully the Northern Lights!!! Keep your fingers crossed.
Your trip looks amazing!!!!
It is! Most beautiful place ever!
So fun!!! Keep us posted…
Thanks Liz. This trip is amazing!
Looks amazing and what stunning photos!
Thanks. I upgraded my iPhone. Big difference.
Never would have thought to visit Iceland. I have a bucket list, but mine is comprised of Spain, Italy, Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, Israel and Western Canada (train ride).
Looks beautiful though….
Apparently it is beautiful here in summer as well. Amazing waterfalls!
Great list. Add Iceland to your list. You won’t be disappointed!!
Thanks it really is!
Thank-you 4 girlfriends going In Oct…
This is great! I didn’t spend much time in Reykjavik as I was traveling around the island but looks like a wonderful city to explore.
Thanks for reading. We really enjoyed the city.
Your pictures look awesome. Hope you had good time. How was your experience with fermented shark? Lot of people have been talking about it. Nice post.
I wasn’t as offended as the others were. It tasted like a salty small scallop and I chased it down with beer so that was good. thanks for visiting my site.
I really see that you are a very positive person. Very good way of appreciating…things. I got to learn something.
Ohhhh feeling coolly , nice post
It was cold but so awesome too!
This looks so so pretty. 😍
Thanks. It was amazing!
Fantastic post and great photos . Iceland is surely not to be missed , check out my posts on Iceland here https://sunniesmybunnies.wordpress.com/2019/05/27/south-coasticeland/
Thank you so much. I can’t wait to go back!!