Day 3 was a free day to explore Iceland and do whatever takes our interest. Some people in the University group went horse riding, while others went Snowmobiling, and some simply went shopping and sight-seeing in Reykjavík, like me.
Wednesday 23rd January (Day 3)
We spent the morning paying a visit to the largest church in Iceland, Hallgrimskirkja. There was an option to go to the top of the church for a birds-eye-view of Reykjavík, and obviously I went and did that since I’m obsessed with aerial views. The views were stunning and the church itself was also incredible and looked so modern in comparison to typical English churches.
Although it was still morning we couldn’t help but be temped by Braud & Co bakery a few minutes walk away from Hallgrimskirkja. Firstly, the actual building doesn’t represent a typical bakery and secondly, they have the most incredible cinnamon buns and cakes – they were to die for!
Followed by a little retail therapy wandering in and out of all the souvenir stores looking for the cheapest postcards. There are two main shopping streets in Reykjavík, Bankistraeti and Laugavegur with authentic stores selling wool clothing, quaint cafés or chain stores such as Joe & The Juice and Tiger.
In order to escape the cold we stopped off at Frederiksen Ale House, before heading to try one of the traditional Icelandic Hot Dogs at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur (sorry, it didn’t last long enough to take a picture of!).
Walking back along the coast we stopped for pictures at the Solfar Sun Voyager sculpture that represents a Viking Long-Ship, or a Scorpion as I keep referring it to.
To end the day we visited the hyped up Phallological Museum. If i’m being completely honest, it wasn’t as I expected from a museum. Having cost 1400ISK (just under £10) for a tiny exhibition filling only one room, it seems a bit on the pricey side.
The evening then consisted of having dinner and finally getting some rest before another long day of sight-seeing. Overall, this free day was a complete success and we managed to see the sights that Reykjavík has to offer and damn, they were beautiful.
Read about the rest of my Iceland trip here…