Iceland: Downtown Reykjavik
Updated: Apr 9, 2019
Downtown Reykjavik is Santa’s workshop. Even when I went in the summer, it seemed like magic of Christmas Eve was upon me.
Downtown Reykjavik is around 40 minutes from the airport KEF. We found parking pretty accessible, and parked in the parking lot of the church Hallgrimskirkja (say THAT three times fast). You can go up to the top of the church for a small fee to see all of Downtown, but we were on the search for hot dogs.
The hot dog stand we were looking for is called Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, and I will say that it’s worth it. It’s famous because Bill Clinton ate there when he was in Iceland. The main street in downtown is called Laugavegur Street, which has cute shops and coffee shops coffee shops to get warm and to eat some Icelandic food. We even passed a “Letters to Santa” box. The one thing about Iceland is that it’s cheap to get there but very expensive, so spend wisely while you are shopping around!
Of course, the most famous Iceland staple is the Blue Lagoon. It is about 30 minutes away from downtown and smells like sulfur. It’s hard to get to but worth the price and the wait. We booked ahead for one of the last spots, but Iceland only gets dark for one hour of the day, so if you are worried about pictures that won’t be a problem. I would suggest to bring either a waterproof phone case or a plastic bag if you want to get photos in the lagoon. There is a photographer that comes around and can email you a photo but we all know that we want multiple selfies and won’t waste that photographers time.
On our last night in Reykjavik, we did a “sunset” (once again, the sun doesn’t really set) whale watching tour. If you are like me, I spent most of the time laying down on a bench at the top of the boat because I was very sea sick. But if you are like my friends, they enjoyed getting photos in their crazy-orange-get ups and saw at least one whale. Most whaling tours give you a free time to come back if you don’t see a whale (but who is planning another trip to Iceland within the same year).
Overall, Iceland is a beautiful place inside and out with amazing people and fantastic views. I highly recommend!