WE’RE HERE! Hello Iceland!!
After a short flight from Oslo to Reykjavík (Keflavík Airport), we hopped off the plane and onto a chartered bus to the city center. We had to stop at the bus terminal to transfer to the public buses to find our way to our AirBnb.
It was still early in the morning but our host invited us to sit while she prepared the room for us. We were welcomed with open arms and a kind kitty cat. Agnes, our host, served us coffee and we spoke for a while. We were so happy to be in a home after several nights at a hostel.
Sometimes hosts go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and comfortable – this was definitely one of these times.
Before settling into the room, Agnes gave us a piece of this traditional Icelandic snack:
Flatbrauð, also known as flatkaka, is a type of traditional, Icelandic bread. The soft, pan-fried rye bread is eaten with butter and thin slices of hangikjöt (smoked leg of lamb).She told us that it’s common to eat this when going on hikes. It was so tasty! I took a mental note to make some for myself along this trip.
We were so thankful to have a friend show us around the city! What a difference it makes to be able to share the lens of a place with someone who is local. We strolled around the small town and heard many stories about the country.
Sun Voyager Sólfar is modern sculpture built in 1986, it symbolizes an ode to the sun, light and hope. To me it looks like reindeer on a canoe!
We tried to sneak to the roof but it was locked out. The views from inside the building are neat, overlooking the habour.
We kept strolling while Ingvar shares unique Icelandic myths, creatures, and Norse mythology. Iceland is a place filled with legends, but the legend lay in the land as well. For example, the stones in the mountains, which look like faces are trolls who were turned into stone by the sunlight (so we’re told).
We had dinner at Bæjarins Bezstu Hot Dogs for… a hot dog! It became famous when Bill Clinton ate here. The pylsa (commonly known) associated with Pylsusinnep, aka Icelandic mustard. Typically with everything on it includes: sweet brown mustard, raw onions, fried onions, and remoulade, which is a sauce made with mayonnaise and relish.
In the evening we went to ‘The Pearl’, which is an old water tank that converted into a city look out point. You can get great views of Reykjavík (for free).
We grabbed a drink and did more road trip planning at the university pub. It was a long day but I was ready to hit the road and see more of the country!