Exploring Reykjavik 

On our last day in Iceland, we took a day with no particular plans to just explore and wander about the city of Reykjavik. We started the day off at a cafe called Bábalu which was very cute and had lots of eccentric decorations and great, cheap food. 

After breakfast, we strolled around the area surrounding the main shopping street searching for presents for our family and friends back home for a few hours. We stopped in the church for a bit but the line to get to the top floor was so long we decided to skip that experience since the tickets were a bit expensive anyway. We rested for a bit back at our Airbnb and encountered a huge bee, which was a big hilarious ordeal trying to get it out of our apartment by shooing it towards the window.  

Ceiling of the church

Venturing out again toward the eastern part of the city that we hadn’t explored yet, we got lunch at The Roadhouse, an “American” burger joint with double fried fries. We thought about visiting the Icelandic Phalloligical Museum just for kicks but decided it wasn’t worth it in the end. Heading towards the southern area of the city, we visited the building called The Perlan, or “the pearl,” which was atop a large hill and had a great view of the entire city. 

View from the Perlman

Later in the day, we went to a vegan ice cream shop called Joylato which lets you create your own ice cream, then made one last stop at the famous Icelandic hot dog stand called Bæjarins Beztu (which means the best in town). Bill Clinton made a famous appearance here at one point and opted to get only mustard on his hot dog, while I went for “the works” of grilled onions, fried onions, mustard, ketchup, and a special sauce. 

After a long day of essentially doing nothing, we were all exhausted mostly from the whirlwind of a week that we’d had, so we all hung out in the apartment that night as we packed our suitcases, laughed at our snorkeling pictures, and reminisced about the amazon memories we had made on this trip.  

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