Before I went to Iceland, I didn’t really know what it was all about or what the capital was like. One of my friends who’d already been told me the center was quite small, so I basically expected something along the sorts of one of those chalet towns in mountain areas. Turns out, Reykjavik really is a cool capital (I’m sorry, that word pun is just unavoidable) where all the hipsters and concept stores gather. While it’s true that it’s certainly not the biggest city, I find it really has a charm to have such a lively area and everything pretty much within walking distance. The main street where you can find most of the shops is filled with beautiful boutiques, concept stores and plenty of bars and restaurants. Street art is to be found on pretty much every corner, and I also think it’s safe to say that this is also the place to be if you’re looking for a (really) nice parka. Quite a shame that I couldn’t fit one more piece of clothing in my suitcase during this trip.
Walk a little further to get to the old town area, where you can find tons of colorful houses – it’s unbelievably pretty and Pinterest-worthy! I’m a bit sad I didn’t have a chance to shoot here (on that topic: for some unknown reasons my pictures from our days in Reykjavik got erased on my memory card – very bummed about that). You’ll also come across the impressive Hallgrimskirkja church, which is definitely a sight to see.
Even though our stay was pretty short and I would have loved to have a little more time to discover it all, I can definitely recommend staying at the lovely Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina when your budget allows it. The eye for detail and the way the different lounges were decorated really stood out – not to mention the delicious food they serve here. Their bar, called Slippbarinn is known as one of the hotspots of the city, and I can definitely see why. During our stay the music festival Iceland Airwaves took place, which meant that there were a lot of off-site performances in bars as well – including at Slippbarinn. Quite fun to catch a glimpse of some artists and the lively atmosphere that came with it. Oh, and did I mention there’s a famous burger joint just outside this hotel called Hamborgara Bullan? You know that always counts as a plus in my book. But if you’re not really into that, I can assure you there’s plenty more in the surroundings to treat your belly with. Iceland – I hope we meet again soon!