On my way back to the U.S. from my stay in England, I decided to make a pit stop in Iceland. What do you mean its the thing to do or it's so pretty on social media because that's totally not why I went for three days - it totally is - and honestly, I was a bit underwhelmed with my time there. That's not to say I didn't enjoy my trip there because I definitely did! Although from my experience I do know what I would do differently next time around.
Let me explain a little.
- I had a really terrible experience checking into my Airbnb (mostly since there wasn't anyone to check me in, no service, and I had to wander around to find wifi to contact my host).
- After coming off of 10 days spent with really amazing people that I was sharing the experience of travel with, being by myself felt a little off.
- The entire country is a haven for tourists and it seems like so much is being catered to them (me) that it felt somewhat inauthentic.
- If I had the ability to go back I would definitely want to rent a car to see more of the island, and also have a couple of people to share it with. So, if any of my readers decide to visit, that's what I recommend.
But I digress! The brief time I spent in Reykjavik was amazing. I was able to wander around since the city is rather small and enjoy all of the little things along the way. Starting my morning with a fresh cup of pour-over coffee from Reykjavik Roasters was definitely a highlight! The downtown area has a lot to offer in terms of its architecture, with color on so many buildings and a handful of very strange landmarks including Hallgrímskirkja (the church in the last image) and the Harpa concert hall on the water (the third to last image, with a facade that looks like bubbles.) The majority of my pictures here were taken with a film camera -mostly because I managed to fill up my SD card in England- but for some reason, the grittiness captures the feeling of the city well.
Stay tuned for two more posts about my time in Iceland!