Exploring Reykjavic – Iceland

Hey everyone. Back with another travel blog and this one is all about my awesome little adventure to Iceland! I’ve already uploaded a short YouTube video compiling the highlights of my trip so be sure to check that out!

I already see myself going back to Iceland one day however I’m even more motivated to do so now as I want to catch a glimpse of the northern lights which didn’t make an appearance! Missing the lights didn’t put a dampener on my trip; I did tonnes of exploring and had a great time doing so.

After a nice early start and some straight forward travel I arrived at the 4th Floor Hotel, a conveniently located budget hotel which was perfectly suitable for my weekend stay. I literally just dumped my bags, grabbed a quick bite to eat from the store opposite and headed straight down to the shore in order to get a closer look at the snow topped mountains. I didn’t have long, I really just needed to stretch my legs after being sat down travelling for so long. I headed back to my hotel and wrapped up warm; cue northern lights cancellation number 1. This was my plan for the evening and once that fell through due to too much cloud cover I went straight to Laugavegur Street to check out the shopping and all of the various places to eat. This street also eventually leads on to the Hallgrimskirkja church but I checked this out at a different time. I had an early start the following day so I went back to my room with tired feet and dropped off instantly; great first day!

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The Golden Circle filled my second day. It was an early start but we headed straight to Thingvellir National Park. It was such a nice day as you can see pictured which made experiencing this place even better. After a quick stop here and several photos later we departed again and next up was the Geysir geothermal area. The steamy atmosphere here was how I pictured Iceland in my mind as this was this place where its raw natural power shined. The main attraction was the geyser named Strokkur; this one shot water upto 30m in the air every few minutes. I managed to get this one in action on my YouTube video and I caught a few good shots of it firing away. After a quick bit of exploration here and several close encounters with the water it was time to head to the last location which was Gulfoss waterfall. This waterfall was another power creation by mother nature. The icy cold water was just plunging into a crevice approximately 32m deep. After taking in the views around the falls it was time to head home and grab a bite to eat, cue northern lights cancellation number 2.

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My last day started with a nice long cold walk to the gym. World Class Iceland to be more precise. This facility was insanely equipped and the staff were more than accommodating so if you head to Iceland check this place out and get at least one session in to make space for all the lovely Icelandic food you’ll consume! With my session done I retuned to my room, warmed up and got appropriately dressed for an afternoon wander. I started by heading towards the shore again but taking the opposite direction to that which I had previously walked. The first thing I encountered was the Sun Voyager as you can see pictured. Good photo opp and a nice chance to have a sit down and just take in the view out across the water. Further along the shore there were tonnes of little rock piles that people had formed so naturally I made one myself before proceeding on to take in the vibrant colours in the old Reykjavik harbour.  I strolled away from the shore and ascended a long road to the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church. The church could be seen from almost anywhere and it’s one of Reykjavik’s main landmarks; I had a quick peak inside before heading outside to the waffle van. Happy with my waffle I headed back to my room; cue northern lights cancellation number 3. Not getting to see the lights on my final night, all that was left to do was get some sleep before what turned out to be a very lengthy journey home in the early hours. An amazing weekend but reason to return!

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Thanks for reading, I’ll see you in the next one!

 

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