Hope you are all well.
Myself and my friend Dan decided to take a small trip to Reykjavik Iceland for 4 nights and we had a great time. On the Tuesday we traveled from Manchester to Reykjavik which took just over 2 hours and was a great flight and probably one of the smoothest flights I have ever been on. We arrived and we had booked onto the coach service Greyline which is known to be the premier coach service for Reykjavik. The bus then transferred us to another small coach. We had arrived in the darkness so seeing any sites in the distance was quite hard. But we found the bus service was brilliant and comfortable service. We arrived to the Hallgrimskrkja Church that looked absolutely magnificent and can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. We arrived to the Guesthouse Andrea which where we were staying. It was pretty basic but comfortable considering we were going to be out for most of the time and it included a fridge and hobs for cooking. We went straight out and had a walk around and seemed quiet and pleasant and not as cold as I would have expected. We had a walk to the Harpa building which the architecture was amazing and looking up in the hexagon glass texture looked amazing as well. We stopped of for food at the Hard Rock Cafe and then called it a night after a long day of travelling.
The next day we had a walk around the local sculpture park which had some strange but amazing sculptures next to the Hallgrimskrkja Church, we then visited the church which was very full of tourists but was to be expected and looked just as amazing inside but was more modern than other churches I had visited before. We had a walk to the beach and got some amazing views of the surrounding mountainous areas. As well we got some pictures of the famous Sun Voyager steel boat sculpture next to the sea. We then went for the Lunch at the restaurant called Rustik which we had fish and chips which tasted amazing but was very different to the British fish and chips. The one thing I noticed going through was how quiet, calm the areas were and how people were so lovely to talk to. After lunch we had a walk to The National Museum of Iceland which was a great and interactive museum which held many great artifacts such as a section on going through the ages of living in Iceland to a big fishing boat as well as explaining when Christianity came to Iceland. We then went to the Harpa Building which is a massive concert and conference hall and we took in a 15 minute 4D Experience video of different locations in Iceland which was a really cool experience. We then took a trip to the Perlan Museum. Now this huge dome is like one huge water tank, We were hoping to go to the Ice Caves but unfortunately it was oversold so we went up to the observation deck where we got an amazing view of the whole of Reykjavik it was great and we saw for miles. We then went to a local Pizzeria which the Pizza there was very tasty and reasonably priced and then we called it a night after a long day of adventure.
On the Thursday our plan was to take a hike somewhere adventurous in Reykjavik, thankfully the weather was beautiful and we planned it well. So to get to the one we decided on we needed to take two buses one from Reykjavik to Artun, we stopped of here to get some Crampons and then to Esjuraetur Hiking Center where we would begin our hike to Stein which was apart of the Gonguleid a Pverfellshorn hike. Dan’s Crampons didnt suit his boots so it was worrying to begin with. Throughout the walk we came up against allot of snow, ice and slippery soil. We made as well a couple of mis-turns but we rectified it quickly. The walk was getting more challenging as there were some points which going up hill took more time and going over snow and ice made it worse. As well having a strong cold wind to battle with didn’t help. However the views throughout the whole journey were spectacular and just felt beautiful and amazing beeing out there. The decent got worse and we got to the most dangerous and challenging part and probably you can call stupid as well but there was a slope that was full of snow and ice and one slip you could have had it but we needed to go from right to left and had no choice but to go across it. We spotted some walkers ahead and they managed it across but they looked like they struggled so we decided to go further up as the distance to get to the other side narrowed. Dan decided to go across with a rock and by digging his feet into it and I went across crouching across. We did make it but was very worrying to the point i thought how we going to get across. I descended down to the walk path where Dan decided to go across the hill and he told me he fell over a few times. We finally got to the touch point of Stein and looked amazing the views. To go to points 6 and 7 we would have needed an ice axe and a walking stick and would have been idiotic to go the way we were prepared. We then descended down the mountain and was easier then we expected and got down in about 1 hour. It was quite surprising considering it was challenging going up. But still was beautiful going down. Overall the walk took us about 4 hours and wasn’t that far but the challenge did tire us out. We then had to take two buses back to Reykjavik and we went back to the Rustik Restaurant where the meal and drink felt fitting and well deserved after the hiking challenge.
On the Friday our day trip was to the Blue Lagoon. It was an early start and a very cold morning to begin with. We took the coach we had booked to the Blue Lagoon and was great to see another part of Iceland on the journey. We arrived to the Blue Lagoon and we felt even more colder been here but was looking forward to been warm when we get inside. As we were early we spent some time in the shop as well as the cafe as we had a designated time to check in. We then got checked in and was given a waterproof wristband. We got changed and was looking forward to spending time in the spa as it looked so alluring. We felt the cold as soon as we exited the door to the outdoor spa and was looking forward to getting inside and once we did it was so relaxing and so soothing it was between 37-40 °C. If you spent any time out you felt the cold straight away so been neck deep most of the time was most ideal. We got a few drinks at the bar as you could drink while been in the spa. We also got a free mud mask while been there and we also spent a few minutes in the sauna, overall we spent a few hours here and felt great after the hike the day before. The last time bathing felt so soothing and relaxing was being in Peru but this felt like another level and this time I didn’t get sunburn. It was very relaxing and the recognition this place gets is well deserved. We then got the coach back to the city and got some food at Cafe Paris which was happy hour, and I ended up eating a chicken burger, the cafe was lovely with very nice staff. We ended the night by taking a walk to the Perlan Museum in which we researched that you can view some of the Northern lights from here. Only issue is that the Northern Lights have a 6pm-6am window so it can come anytime but we thought to go at 10am to midnight. Unfortunately it wasn’t dark enough really in the area to see them. However we did get one final view of the city at night and looked beautiful. We did manage to see some of the Northern Lights walking back to the hotel and it did look so beautiful of it dancing in the night. Overall it was a good relaxing day and was a fitting end to an amazing holiday to Iceland.
In conclusion it was a great relaxing adventurous trip to Iceland and my friend Dan also agreed. I would highly recommend going to anyone, it is a bit expensive (not as expensive as I initially thought) but i would certainly return again as there are so many places to go to and just amazed me how relaxed, patient, friendly and polite the city felt to me.
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