things to do in Reykjavik

CNV00013 (2)Its about the time of the year that we plan a head for the winter holiday. And I thought I would share a little of my Iceland trip so that you guys can get planning and roughly know what to expect in a long weekend in Iceland…

Apartment K
Thingholtsstraeti 2-4, Bergstadastraeti 3 and Ingolfsstraeti 1A.
*Check in for all locations is at Thingholtstræti 2-4
Reykjavik, 101, Iceland, +354 864 5719
The amazing apartment that we stayed at during our stay and is nearby a few supermarkets, very easy to make your food purchases and cook it to save cost. Beside the restaurant closes super early… if you go on tour, you might not be able to come back in time to each.
The only downside of this place is they deduct your cost before your arrival; cancellation is 7 days before your booking.. !

Golden Circle tour (whole day); highlights –
Þingvellir National Park
Gullfoss waterfall
Geysir hot spring area
Skálholt church
Geothermal Powerplant, Hellisheidavirkjun
We decided to  use Grayline for this tour, just because our friend recommended this tour vs Reykjavik Excursions, it covers a slight more sights… smart yea? smart traveller compares… ^^
*Note; this finishes really late and if you go to Northern light tour after this, you don’t have much time for dinner…

IMG_7809Gullfoss waterfall; a must a must…

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Geysir hot spring area; make sure you wait for it to erupt.

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Þingvellir National Park, it was snowing at the time we went, this just gives another amazing photography scene.

South Shore Adventure (Whole day); highlights –
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Skógarfoss waterfall
Reynisdrangar Cliffs

CNV00104Reynisdrangar Cliffs; i wish i drive in Iceland…  will be amazing if my photos have no human in it!

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Skógarfoss waterfall; pity when we went there the in winter, day light was short….

DSCF4051Blue Lagoon
You can book a Blue Lagoon tour, we went for tour that take us to Blue Lagoon and then also take us to airport straight after it. Its only 20 minutes away from airport… make it easier by either first or last sight of your Iceland trip.

Whale watching tour
Unfortunately, this got cancelled on us but I have read up some amazing reviews, worth a go if you have the time.

Northern light tour
Again, we went with Reykjavik Excursions for this tour. We had the most amazing tour guide… they come and pick you up from the hotel and drop you to the reception, once you pick up your ticket, you can go to any Northern light coach and wait for it to drive off…

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Kaffitar (or any other coffee shops, got a full list below)
Bankastraeti 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Only had time for one coffee shop… even though i find the shop a little dark, not my style!,  but the coffee was great!

Perlan & Saga Museum
This place was recommended by the tourist office nearby, we took the taxi across as we had a free day when our whale watching tour has cancelled on us. Not the most spectacular sight in Reykjavik but it was great to see and understand a bit more of the Viking history.

CNV00024Hallgrímskirkja
Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavik, 101, Iceland
No doubt, this is the landmark of Reykjavik, an absolutely must that no one will miss this! The amazing shot above is taken at this church’s observary level, make sure you go up!!!
Note, the street leading to this church has sme amazing fashion collections and not to missed the Photography shop, I brought a nice Iceland photography book.

IMG_7614Harpa
is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. Harpa was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.
A little walk inside was pretty amazing, the architects inside and there was a small photography exhibition worth to see.

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Few useful information…

Reykjavik tourist infrmation centre
Aðalstræti 2, Reykjavík, Iceland, +354 590 1550

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur – best hot dog in town
Austurströnd 3 -170 Seltjarnarnes, +354 511 1566

Be aware that a lot of the restaurant closes early, we often finish like 7-8pm from our full day tour and once we even finished at 9pm which leave us not enough time to dine at restaurant. I would highly recommend anyone to go for apartment and cook at night.

As much as you can get away with trainers, hiking shoes etc.. the best piece of item that i brought with me was North face Amore II snow boot. This saved my legs from getting frozen.

Oh yeah! if you decide to rent an apartment and cook. Make sure you start collecting your sugar/salt sachet from your usual eat out. Save you money from buying the big bag salt/sugar in Iceland.

Buy a PUFFIN!

Coffee shop list
Te og Kafi, Laugaveger 27, Lækjartorgi
Bergsson, Templararsund 3, http://bergsson.is/
Mokka Kaffi, Skólavörðustíg 3A, 101 Reykjavik, +354 552 1174 http://www.mokka.is
Kex, Skúlagata 28, 101 Reykjavik, +354 561 6060, http://www.kexhostel.is
Kaffismiðja, Kárastíg 1, 101 Reykjavík, +354 517 5535 http://kaffismidja.is

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