Since having arrived three days ago, I have been able to experience a small taste of what Reykjavik has to offer. As you are already aware, I have visited the Blue Lagoon and had a magnificent experience (despite the less than desirable weather conditions). After arriving at my hostel from the Blue Lagoon, I ventured out into the city with some new roommates and got my bearings in this quaint little city.
The goal of our adventure into the city was of course food motivated. Bound for Icelandic Fish and Chips at the Volcano House, I was shocked by how much ground I covered in that short jaunt. For some reason, while doing my research, Reykjavik seemed much, much bigger. However, when I actually got out into the city, it was immediately apparent that looks can be deceiving! After quite possibly the best fish and chips I have ever had (London, you have competition!), we walked back towards the hostel and came across a beautiful rainbow road leading up to the iconic church, Hallgrimskirkja.
As the signboards to the right of the road explained, Iceland’s pride festival had just taken place last week and the street was painted in commemoration. At any rate, I couldn’t have asked for a better photo opportunity! And since it seemed to be beckoning to me, I figured it was a good of time as any to head to the church. It was nighttime so the grounds were devoid of all the tourists I would see the following day. Admission to the top of the church tower is 800k (or $6) which I did eventually pay when I went back for the view from the top. But taking pictures without anyone walking in front of your camera was a very nice perk to visiting after hours!
It was a great way to begin my journey through Reykjavik and even though my new friends left the next day, I was so grateful for the opportunity to make such easy acquaintances in a city so completely new right off the bat. My greatest fear for my trip was that I would spend most of it alone, but having already met so many great people from all over and having only had positive interactions, I have high hopes and excitement for my encounters in the future.