Sunday, 8 October 2017

Travel | Things to do in Reykjavik

Things to do in Reykjavik

So I've just came back from 4 days in Reykjavik, 4 days may not seem all that long but you can fit a lot into 4 days! May be a tiring holiday but it is worth while. I've just came back from a short stay in Reykjavik and I loved it, although it was freezing cold compared to Turkey a week ago! There was things we missed out in our trip which I wish we had been able to squeeze in but we weren't there enough days to do everything! (next time)!

Things to do in Reykjavik

1. Visit the Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik 

The Hallgrimskirkja is still an active Parish church in Reykjavik, so getting in to visit can be temperamental if there is things already happening. We didn't make it to the top to view as it was closed for a funeral, but the views are meant to be beautiful. As I study buildings I find architecture really interesting and love seeing different types of buildings, this church is the tallest church in Iceland and is meant to resemble Iceland's landscape. In Winter this is only open until 5pm, whereas in Summer it is open until 9pm so get in early! 

Things to do in Reykjavik

2. Visit the Sun Voyager sculpture

Yes it's just a sculpture but I think it's so pretty to see! I has the mountains landscape in the background and is too pretty no to photograph. The statue was made in the 80s to represent 200 years of the city of Reykjavik!

Things to do in Reykjavik

3. The Harpa Concert Hall 

Unless you speak Icelandic you probably won't go to see any of the events that are on at Harpa, which is a bit of a shame as it's a beautiful building but it's definitely worth the trip regardless. We came across this whilst looking over the rocky beach area outside and taking pictures of the mountains. It's a beautiful building with views across a part of the harbour, mountains and the city. You can also catch a free shuttle bus from here (and from the Hallgrimskirkja Church) every half an hour which takes you to the Perlan Museum. 

Things to do in Reykjavik

4. View the city's graffiti

I love art work in cities, it really brightens up the areas and makes them a little bit more interesting. As it was quite cloudy most days in the city, seeing the random bits of graffiti really brightened up the town. Well, as well as the brightly painted buildings too! You'll see some on nearly every street, whether you're in the outskirts or within the city centre.

Things to do in Reykjavik

5. Grab some food from Braud&co bakery

You literally cannot walk passed Braud&co and not grab some pastries of some form, even just the ones in the window made me drool. But, be prepared for the queue! The queue does show how popular and amazing the food is too, as well as how amazing the building itself is!

Things to do in Reykjavik

6. Visit the Perlan museum

The Perlan Museum isn't a big museum, but it's really interesting and has amazing views from the observatory at the top. We we're a little sad that by the time we made it up here it was really overcast and dull but the views were so pretty that it made up for it. You could see across the whole city of Reykjavik. But it was unbelievably cold up there with the wind, so you need to wrap up. We used the free shuttle bus from the Hallgrimskirkja Church which saved us the long long walk!

Things to do in Reykjavik

If you're also interested in learning about the glaziers and ice caves it was really interesting going through the man-made cave inside the museum. Don't get me wrong, it is -10 inside so it is pretty damn cold but it was so interesting to learn about it all. 

Things to do in Reykjavik

7. Grab some food from the Mai Thai Bistro

I wouldn't usually ramble on about going for food somewhere, especially when it isn't even Icelandic food. But the food here was amazing, I even debated on ordering a second just cause I wanted to eat it again. It's super cheap, which is a miracle in Reykjavik, but it's also the best Pad Thai and Thai Green Curry I've ever had. Albeit it's a little small, but you can also grab a take away if needed!

I have soo much more I want to write about but I'm going to split it all up as I have some other posts I'm excited to write to squish between. Have you ever visited Reykjavik? What did you do when visiting the city?

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