My first full day in Reykjavik

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The first whole day to explore Reykjavik. Although about 75% of all Icelanders love in or near Reykjavik, the city center is actually quite small. Everything is within walking distance. If you are going on a domestic flight, you can even walk from the city center to the Reykjavik city airport.

As a tourist you'll probably spend most your time around the city pond Tjornin, Hafnarstraeti, Austurstraeti, Bankastraeti, Laugavegur and Skolavorthustigur where most of the shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs and landmarks are. Unfortunately the Halgrimskirkja was undergoing some heavy maintenance so I couldn't get in or even see the tower due to the scaffolding. The parliament (Althingi) is a nice building. The perlan (pearl) which is near the city airport (bus 18 or a 30 minute walk) offers a great view over the city and surroundings.

Perlan, 'the pearl'

The city streets are not busy at all, and most restaurants and pubs are even quite empty during the weekdays, this all changes on friday and saturday. Icelanders know how to party but head out into the city late, they do go on forever though :) Many coffeebars transform into trendy clubs during these nights, like b5 or Solon. The best pub I though was Dillon (on Laugevegur), a rockpub with a relaxed atmosphere and some good rockmusic. The Dubliner often offers live music (on Hafnarstraeti). Do as the Icelanders: pub/club crawling, no one really stays at one place very long. After a heavy night you can get a hangover sandwich at Prikid or a mega brunch at Tivoli (both on Bankastraeti)

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Perlan, the pearl
Perlan, 'the pearl'
Some hot water in a pond.
Some hot water in a pond.
Althingi, the parliament building.
Althingi, the parliament building.
Landsbankinn, closed ;)
Landsbankinn, closed ;)
Dillon, my favourite pub in Reykja…
Dillon, my favourite pub in Reykj…
Hallgrimskirkja.
Hallgrimskirkja.
Hallgrimskirkja.
Hallgrimskirkja.
A whalingship.
A whalingship.
This one has had its best time...
This one has had its best time...
Some old whalingships.
Some old whalingships.
Icelanders love to pimp their jeep…
Icelanders love to pimp their jee…
Not that cold.
Not that cold.
Perlan, the Pearl again.
Perlan, the 'Pearl' again.
Reykjavik
photo by: MadeleineGL