If you follow me on any of my social media (which you definitely should!), you’ll know that from the 24th until the 28th of April, I was in Iceland with three others. Iceland had been on my bucket list for a long time, so I was so excited for the trip ahead. We got up to so much over the 4 nights we spent there, so I thought I’d share it with you through a series of travel diary posts. Enjoy!
Early Morning Departure from Manchester Airport
After an early 2am start driving to Manchester airport on the 24th, we arrived at Manchester airport and met with Ashleigh and Dan before checking in, strolling round duty-free, then headed to the gate to board our 6:30am flight. The flight was quick, and I think I slept for the majority of it. We arrived at Keflavík International Airport for around 8:30am in Iceland, where they are an hour behind UK time. A short 45-minute coach journey later, we arrived at our hotel – the Radisson Blu Saga Reykjavik.
We promptly checked in and headed up to our room to unpack and have a little downtime before heading out to explore Reykjavik. First things first, the city is full of beautiful colourful buildings and detailed street-art. It is so quirky.
Icelandic Food and Sightseeing
At around 1pm we were getting a little hungry to headed for some lunch. One thing on my Iceland ‘bucket’ list was to try their traditional Icelandic meat soup. This is made with lamb and vegetables, which comes in a huge bread bowl. So, the ‘Icelandic Street Food’ restaurant was my food place of choice. The lamb soup was amazing, and then the guy also brought up two portions of the fish pie to try which is another traditional Icelandic dish. I am not a huge fish eater, but this was also SO good.
After lunch, we walked along the harbour front, and stopped to look at the ‘Solfar Sun Voyager’, which is steel sculpture by Jón Gunnar Arnason, framed by the view of Mount Esja in the horizon. Down on the front, there is also the Harpa Concert and Conference Centre which is one of Reykjavik’s most striking landmarks. It has a distinctive coloured glass facade, which is apparently inspired by Iceland’s landscape and the northern lights. We then headed for the Hallgrímskirkja. This church stands at 74.5m/244ft high, and it is the largest church in Iceland and among one of the tallest structures in the country. The exterior is breathtaking. We also popped inside, which was just as beautiful. However, unfortunately, the elevator was broke so we couldn’t go up the tower.
The weirdest museum…
Next, we went to the Phallological Museum, which basically when put plainly is the penis museum (classy we know). The museum holds a collection of 280 specimens from 93 species of animals, including 55 penises taken from whales, 36 from seals and 118 from land mammals. Thought I’d just throw in a quick fact for you there! It was interesting but a little bizarre I have to say. I suppose I learned a fair bit about penises though, so that’s something!
‘Reyjkavik Chips’ and more sightseeing
It was now tea time, and we couldn’t help ourselves after walking past ‘Reyjkavik Chips’ to not get ourselves a portion. There were three different sizes, around 12 different sauce options and you could choose either sweet potato or normal chips. We opted for a large portion of chips to share which included two sauce choice, so we had one chive and one sweet-chilli mayo. The portion was HUGE, enough for 3 or 4 and not the two of us. They were delicious though, albeit a little too salty.
We then parted ways with the other two people we were on holiday with, and Adam and I stayed out for a stroll down to the old harbour and cathedral. The old harbour has a gorgeous view out across the sea with lots of little boats and a mountainous view in the distance. Christ King Cathedral is located in west-Reykjavik and is the first Catholic Church to arrive in Iceland. Plus, between sights, the vast array of street art allowed for many photo stops too!
We then headed back to the hotel for a chilled evening, as we were pretty tired. Ashleigh, Adam and myself spent a few hours playing UNO before heading to bed. Ready for an exciting trip the following morning!
That’s it for our first day in Iceland. Be sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming days in posts coming soon, the days get busier and even better!
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