My husband and I spent our honeymoon traveling all over Iceland last summer, and we both absolutely fell in lurve with Reykjavik. We loved it so much that we've talked about doing another trip as soon as we can catch another deal with Icelandair (they fly direct from Minneapolis, y'all!).
Reykjavik, you guys. It's awesome.
I can't really put into words why I loved this Scandinavian city so very much. The design is beautiful, the houses are precious and the people are fearless when it comes to fashion. But there's also an energy here in the summer that's indescribable. It's the kind of energy that's familiar, coming from a place where it's also dark and/or winter for a good chunk of the year.
When we returned to the city at the end of our 10-day trip around the Ring Road, we rented an apartment
in a chill, central neighborhood near the Hallgrímskirkja church (which looks like it’s from The Future, by the way).
I wanted to renounce my American citizenship and stay forever.
It was a huge bonus that this apartment was almost across the street from Reykjavik Roasters
, the coffee shop where we spent most mornings just reading (outside in the stoop-park), drinking perfectly poured lattes and eating black and white Sarah Bernhardt cookies. It was also down the street from Kaldi Bar
, a brewpub that became our regular beer stop. And by "regular," I mean, we went there twice.
Those and other explorations below.
P.S. If you want to read more about Iceland, I posted a few tips
back in September.
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Snaps from KEX Hostel, Icelandic Fish & Chips, Reykjavik Roasters, Bergsson Mathús, Laugavegur (main street), The Einar Jónsson Museum (Sculpture Garden), Austurvöllur Square Park, Nora Magasin, Matarkistan, Hraðlestin Indian Restaurant, our sweeter-than-sweet Airbnb, Kaldi Bar (a fave!), Noodle Station, Grillmarkaðurinn and some street art and interesting buildings around Reykjavik.