Climb to the top of Hallgrímskirkja
Hallgrimskirkja is a Luthern Church in the city centre of Reykjavik and one of the most well-known sites in the Icelandic capital. It took 41 years to build this imposing edifice which stands as high as 73 meters. You can climb all the way to the top for a small fee where a 360 view over Reykjavik reveals before your very own eyes. Appreciating the city from above is worth it!
Take a walk on Laugavegur Street
Laugavegur is the main and perhaps most expensive shopping street in Reykjavik. In addition to the shops there is a variety of choice when it comes to food, cafes and bars. Walking through the street you will find it difficult to not notice some of the beautiful graffiti that cover a number of buildings. Also, I would advise that you avoid driving through the street as traffic jams can occur.
Sólfarið or the Sun Voyager is a sculpture and a sort of a dreamboat or an ode to the sun. Intrinsically, it contains within itself the promise of undiscovered land, a dream of hope, advancement and liberty.
Indulge your taste buds
The Icelandic cuisine is delicious. My favourite item may well be the special bread I had near the Strokkur geysir, which as far as I remember takes 7 hours to make and strangely tastes like Irish whiskey or to be more precise- Bushmills Black Bush. Nevertheless all meals I had were delicious and felt like a real treat.
Enjoy a pint at Lebowski Bar
The bar is a tribute to “The Big Lebowski” movie and is located on Laugavegur Street. The bar is really cool and a perfect spot to enjoy a pint of Gullfoss. This pleasure will set you back around £9.00 ($11.21), but by now you probably know that Iceland is not exactly a budget destination. It is likely that pain which may occur after you have parted with your hard earned cash will be eased after the second pint only to surface again when you receive your card statement at the end of the month.
Listen to some modern Icelandic music
The songs that really got me going were Friðrik Dór - Fröken Reykjavík and Emmsjé Gauti - Reykjavík. Both melodies have been stuck in my brain for quite a while now and unfortunately there are no signs of them going away. Judging by the YouTube view counts, both songs should can be considered great hits as the first one’s view count almost equals the population of the country, whereas the second is 1.5x the population of the country.
Surprise your friends and family with a postcard
Call me old-fashioned but I do like receiving post cards. In fact, I have a collection that I keep in what I call a “happiness box” which always brings a smile on my face once I open it. Life as we know is not only about receiving, but about giving and sharing too. Sending a post card to your friends and family is a great way to share your experience. One would think that is also a great opportunity to stick a badass Viking stamp on it, but in fact most stamps depict natural scenes and puffins. I am almost certain that Viking stamps are available somewhere or if there aren’t any this great injustice should be dealt with accordingly. What are your thoughts? Would like to receive a postcard with a Viking stamp? Let us know!