Iceland, Travel

I Heart Reykjavik

Following on from my previous post; I mentioned that at the beginning of the year, I decided a fresh new start was what was needed, I had quit my job and took some time out for myself to travel more, visit friends and family who live around the world.

One of the places I decided to venture and explore was

IcelandI was only there for a week in March but still managed to pack it with a few incredible adventures.

I decided to go with Airbnb rather than a hostel/ hotel to see if I could get that proper “local” feel to the trip, and it certainly did not disappoint. Managed to get a lovely cosy apartment right in Reykjavik 101, with 5 mins walk to all shops and restaurants in Downtown, perfect location and perfect for what I needed.

 

As soon as I arrived off the plane and got settled in my new home for the week, I had such an itch in my feet to go out and explore the city. The beautiful view from the coast side of Reykjavik was just utterly breathtaking.

Viðey Island & Mount EsjaIMG_6552

Took a stroll along the coast down to Skarfabakki Harbour to get an even better view of Viðey and Esjan.

ice-6481IMG_6486Version 2

The city of Reykjavik itself is just as exciting and intriguing as the glorious surrounding views. With its delightful cafes, restaurants, and bars, the streets were happy and beaming.

One thing that did catch my eye was the incredible pieces of street art and wall poetry (more or else) on every corner and street along the buildings in Downtown, making Reykjavik a massive interactive art museum.

 

To end a very successful day exploring one of my now new favourite places, I took a midnight trip through Thingvellir National Park for a chance to see the Northern Lights. For as long as I can remember I have always dreamt of seeing the Aurora Borealis. That night it happened. When the lights started to dance across the sky… Re:stacks by Bon Iver and Starálfur by Sigur Rós started playing on my playlist.. and it made that moment even more magical.

DCIM101GOPROGOPR1463.JPG