We spent a day in Rejkavik which wasn’t long enough to see all of the amazing sights! We visited in March/April 2015 and hired a car for the length of our stay, it was a big expense but worth it to be independent, though you need to be thoroughly prepared for all weathers and road conditions!

SONY DSCIn Reykjavik we stayed in the city center in an apartment, it was great to be able to walk easily to see everything because the city is so small.

SONY DSCThe highlights for us were the opera house, this is an incredible building made from glass and modelled on the volcanic pillars of basalt. It is amazing to wander round and spend some time just staring at it’s 3D structure.

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SONY DSCWe enjoyed a stroll down to the habour and eating lunch at Seabaron.  We had lobster soup which was the cheapest food out we saw whilst in Iceland, it was delicious and you felt like you were experiencing the ‘real’ Iceland. The restaurant is decorated to keep with the habour feel and it’s lovely and cozy after being exposed to the biting icy winds outside!

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SONY DSCWe spent a lot of time walking around the city, seeing the lake in the centre, some of the amazing Scandinavian architecture, incredible old graveyards and brilliant graffiti on buildings.

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IMG_20150405_101141Iceland has a wonderful cafe culture and it’s definitely worth spending some time exploring this and tasting the fresh Rye bread and pastries.IMG_20150405_113628In the city centre there are lots of cool shops with some quirky gifts and some very fashionable clothes.

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The highlight of Reykjavik for us was the beautiful cathedral. From the outside it is modelled on the waterfalls and volcanoes in Iceland and is another incredible piece of modern architecture. Inside it is very simple, but has a stunning organ. In the cathedral you can pay a small fee to visit the top of the tower, this absolutely worth it. At the top of the cathedral you can experience fantastic 360 degree views of the city and can really absorb the beauty of the area, seeing the colourful buildings and the sea and mountains in the distance.  The view makes you excited for all that’s in store to see of the natural beauty in Iceland when you leave the city behind…

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