Reykjavik walking tour
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We arrived in Keflavik airport at 415am and after a long walk to immigration then to pick up our luggage, we exchanged our reservation for the Flybus+ voucher.
We got on the bus, a 50min ride to Reykjavik before a transfer to a smaller shuttle bus to our accommodation in Laugavergur, which was not ready yet at 630am for checkin.
And so, we left our luggage at the the basement storage area and brought only the necessary stuff we'll need for the day.
I researched ahead and found a FREE walking tour in Reykjavik, wherein at the end, you can tip the guide based on your judgement.
But first, it was only 7am and the city is still waking up.
The Studio 29 Cafe offers buffet breakfast (includes coffee, tea and juices) for 2400ISK (approx $22). Pricey, but welcome to Icelandic prices! The food was decent, bread and pastries with jams, slices of cold cuts and fruits, scrambled eggs and sausages, bacon and mushrooms, and a small salad bar.
We took our time eating and saw the city slowly wake up. We left 2 hrs later and walked along Laugavegur with the plan to book our tours and go up Hallgrimskirkja tower to see the view of Reykjavik.
We found an information center where we booked our Glacier Lagoon tour (Sat) and Ice Cave tour (Sun) and the Golden Circle tour (Mon) for my sister and friend, as it was their first time in Iceland.
We continued on to Hallgrimskirkja to see the view of Reykjavik and it's snow-capped mountains beyond. It was a beautiful view, and windy! It is already bright out, as the snow helps brighten the dawn, despite the sunrise not until at 10:22am. The entrance to the bell tower is 900ISK, but the church itself is free. We were able to witness the organ being played, and beat the big crowds of people going up the tower.
Off we were to the free walking tour - CityWalk Reykjavik. The meeting place is in a park, named Austurvöllur in front of the House of Parliament (Alþingi), with our guide, Marteinn. The tour last 2 hrs, over 2 km, with stops at the Parliament House, Lake, City Hall, Old Reykjavik section, Main Plaza, 1919 Hotel, Arnarhóll, and Harpa Concert Hall.
After the tour, we were exhausted.
We also stopped by at the supermarket, Bonus, to buy breakfast and other food supplies we'll need as we have early start for tours and we may be too exhausted to go out after such long days...
Our accommodation is a 1 bedroom apartment with full working kitchen and bathroom. It was spacious and clean. Towels and bed linens are provided, with extra in the storage. There is also a TV and free wifi.
By 6pm, we were all knocked out, exhausted after the overnight flight and walking tour. We woke up for a quick meal before going back to sleep. Wake up call 530am for 7am pick up for our 14hr Glacier Lagoon tour.