Iceland: Reykjavik

Reykjavik is, to be very honest, a very charming city.  The buildings aren’t very tall, and they’re so colorful.  Some buildings even have the roofs with contrasting colors and unique street art to top it off.  One thing you’ll notice too is that people in Iceland have a cheeky sense of humor, and you’ll see it scattered everywhere.  It’s a feel good town, and it doesn’t hurt that they’re probably the nicest people we’ve ever encountered out of all of our travels.

The morning we planned to go into the city and see Reykjavik, we decided to hit the road one last time to check out a geothermal power plant.  If you don’t know yet, Iceland is run completely on renewable energy, and geothermal energy is big.  Here you can learn how they harvest the energy for use.  It’s only about 20 minutes away from the city, but you can also just add it to the beginning of your trip on the Golden Circle or even the Southern Coast if you choose to kick it off with it.

We didn’t spend a ton of time in the city, but it’s also a very small town so it won’t take much time for you to see everything you need. We did all of our local eating here, and I’ll be sharing where we ate at a later post. That’s probably the only thing you might not having enough time for here – all the eating.

To walk off some food, we walked over to Reykjavik Harbor (where we saw a train!) and checked out the music hall. Oddly enough, there was a car meet just beginning when we got there. We thought it was pretty funny considering my husband is a huge car guy, so it was almost like destiny (or fate ha).

We checked out a few other landmarks, and when we were ready to leave for the airport, we saw a dome in the distance on a hill. Since we were still early for our flight, we decided to fill our curiosity and take a quick detour. Turns out the dome is Perlan which is evolving into a type of museum. There was an ice exhibit ready, but we decided to just head to the observatory (it’s free!).  I really wanted to get an aerial view of the city and since we decided not to go up Hallgrimskirkja for the view, this was a pretty nice replacement. There’s a little tip for ya 🙂

Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Station – 2nd largest geothermal power plant in the world.

I loved all of the colors!

Hallgrimskirkja, a Lutheran church in Iceland and one of the tallest buildings on the island.

On the walk on the harbor, Dom spent time with this train which he named Thomas (go figure!)


The landmarks we visited were the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Station (tours included with ticket), Hallgrimskrikja, and Perlan. Everything else we decided to just see by chance.
If you want to save some money on an aerial view of the city, check out Perlan instead of going to the top of Hallgrimskirkja.  It’s free!

Check out my posts on The Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, the Southern Coast, or head straight to the travel guide.

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