Monday, 16 December 2013

48 Hours in Reykjavik

For no particular reason, other than to get away from the norm for a few days, myself and a few friends took a little trip up to Iceland for a long weekend. Arriving late on Thursday night, and leaving first thing on Sunday morning, we literally had 48 hours to fill in Reykjavik. Of course, first things first on the agenda was breakfast, we found this lovely hidden cafe, 'The Grey Cat' and ate our weight in pancakes, eggs and bacon in preparation for the day ahead. 

Next up we went to the Reykjavik Art Museum. Even though we were only in Iceland for two days, there's not a whole load to do there, so it was lovely to walk around and spend time just taking everything in. 

Not as cold as you would imagine, and just so calm and beautiful, we found it really easy to wander around the city. That night we went out for dinner, and then headed back to the hostel where we made friends with a few locals who invited us and a few others in our dorm to come out with them. Big heads up to anyone thinking of going to Iceland, you HAVE to stay in the Kex Hostel, everything about it was fantastic - the staff, the decor, the amazing bar downstairs. We couldn't fault it in any way. 

We got up early on our second morning and headed to the Blue Lagoon to sooth our hangovers. It was quite an odd experience, like being in a huge extremely warm bath, whilst having snow sprinkled on your nose from the sky! After an incredible burger back at the hostel, followed by a little nap I was awoken by shouts from Mayo and Tara - I was missing the Northern Lights! Since being told by the staff at the hostel that the activity was quite low the few days we were there, and the weather extremely cloudy, we really didn't expect that we would get to see them. But there they were! I got to see them again later on as well, this time even brighter, arcing across the whole sky with their amazing green lights. Giddy with happiness, we made our way out to some of the local bars to boogie on down, and who should we see... BJORK! I really don't think you could have asked for more in a trip to Iceland - snow, the Northern Lights, and dancing with their national treasure. What a weekend! 

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