I’d been modest on my instagram posting about my trip to Iceland considering how epic the whole journey was. At the time I felt utterly in awe of the power and that effortless amazing-ness of nature, that I didn’t feel the action of posting on social media would do justice to what Iceland was giving to me. And when I came back to London, I carefully edited every photo with respect, making sure they look not much less breathtaking than the real thing(which proved to be almost impossible). It’s taken me long, but at least now I can write about Iceland, and showing you the imagery without feeling that I’ve wasted any of those great sights and out-of-this-world moments.
Reykjavik is only a short flight away from London, and the north-est capital on earth was almost too warm, welcoming and civilized than what I’ve imagined.
Everything from Scandinavian inspired apartment to those 24/7 convenience stores, buzzy bar and restaurants, grand architecture, stylish boutiques… experiencing Reykjavik gives you no idea of what’s beyond the realm of the capital. Arriving at Reykjavik from London, there’s not much cultural shock at all, which is exactly what has shocked me in the beginning. But gradually you get used it. Because there’s really nothing difficult about getting used to warmth and comfort.
I planned my daily city exploring outfit, visited different restaurants, went to the must-see places like the Harpa, Hallgrímskirkja, Sólfar…etc., just like any other city break. You don’t really want to dress like a ice cave hiker in the capital, because the place is way to stylish for that kind of attire. While a thick weatherproof outerlayer is always a good idea, inside it’s better to wear something a little more fashionable than a bright fleece hiking top.
Sólfar by the bank side.
The concert hall Harpa is a breathtaking architecture wonder. You can spend hours in it going through every floor and corners while listening to the distant rehearsing sound from the theater rooms.
Hallgrímskirkja church is the highest point in Reykjavik. I think it’s rather difficult to miss it when visiting the place, so I’ll spare my words on this one. Is it really worth going on the rooftop? Well… maybe on a sunny day, or at a beautiful dusk, otherwise you don’t miss much skipping that queue in front of the little elevator.
Our cosy, simple but stylish apartment was the perfect place for a few friends to stay together. Tastefully decorated, great location, the only down side maybe is that the three bedrooms only share one toilet. If interested, here’s the booking link from, well, Booking.com
We had a few great meals in Reykjavik. I especially would like to talk about Mokka Kaffi and the Fish Market. Mokka Kaffi is famous for its…mocha coffee, SURPRISE! Which is so lovely, creamy and lush even for someone like me who doesn’t usually take mocha. Alongside of your coffee, they also offer crispy, thick, freshly made waffles the size of your face(it doesn’t vary with the precise size of your face, but just for the reference…). If by any chance you’re suddenly hit by the cold and feeling hungry and in need of a energy boost, this is the place I suggest you go.
And the Fish Market, one of the expensive/”fine-dining”-ish restaurants in Reykjavik, serves a great seafood+lamb/steak tasting menu. The interior doesn’t do justice to the service and food. But what you find inside, are happy customers with big smiles on their faces. All the seafood tasted as fresh as they could be. A few Japanese inspired cooked dishes have been seasoned slightly on the heavy side. But the overall performance of the menu has ensured a wonderful dinner, suitable for any special date night or celebration.
The star dish of the whole evening was the mussels booked in lobster soup. The mussels and the flavour in the soup complemented each other perfectly. The presentation was on point. And we did not leave behind a single drop of that soup.