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Plan a trip to Iceland – Day one: Reykjavik

Planning a trip to Iceland is not easy at all. There are so many things to do and see and you really don’t want to leave any interesting activities out from your itinerary. We managed to visit everything that was on our list. However, I knew it will take me forever to actually start writing the Iceland series. So, I finally took a deep breath and started writing.

Iceland was an amazing experience, but to be honest I have also never been this sleep deprived on a trip, literally from day 1.

We had our flight at 7 am from Budapest to Keflavik. Since we had to be there two hours early (we had way too much luggage with us) we left Romania at midnight – safe to say none of us slept that night.

After a 5 hour flight, we got our car and decided to make the first stop: The Grotta Lighthouse.

The Grotta Lighthouse

This was an on the spot decision, one of my Instagram followers advised me to visit the place after I asked for recommendation on my story. We also arrived pretty early in Iceland so we had a few hours to kill before checking in.

After a one hour drive from the Keflavik airport we finally got to the Grotta Lighthouse. Unfortunately we could not get close to it and we were not able to visit it, because it was closed for Birds protection between the 1st of May until the 30th of July.

The lighthouse is situated at only a 10 minutes drive from Reykjavik, on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula and it really is the perfect place for bird watching or a simple walk. During the winter, it is also a good spot to see the Northern Lights. If you want to maximize your chances of seeing the Northern Lights, don’t forget to check this article.

We only spent 20 minutes there, the wind was super powerful and since we could not get closer to the lighthouse, we decided to go to Reykjavik, to park our car somewhere and go for a walk while we explore the city.

Reykjavik

The world’s northernmost capital is really colorful and picturesque. Although it is a small city, there are plenty of things you can do.

We parked our car, checked in and took a 20 minute walk to the city center.

Our first stop was Hallgrímskirkja.

Hallgrímskirkja

The Church is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Iceland and it’s really impossible to miss. You can see its tower from literally everywhere in the city.

The interior is very simple but so beautiful, and a guy was playing the pipe organ, so we sat a couple of minutes to listen. However, despite the powerful music, we almost fell asleep so decided to go for another walk.

The city is more colourful than I expected, however we were really too tired to enjoy the walk, my mom and I decided to sit on a bench, just to close our eyes for a couple of minutes. haha

We were so happy when we were able to check in at our accommodation and went straight to bed in the middle of the noon.

We woke up way too late, but that was not a problem. Not in Iceland during summer. We left our accommodation after 10:50 pm and went straight to the Sun Voyager to watch the sunset.

The Sun Voyager

It is a sculpture of a ship made of stainless steel. It is located in central Reykjavik by the seaside. It symbolizes hope and is said to inspire dreams. What makes the place so iconic is definitely the memorable sunset you can capture here.

We then went for a longer walk, re-visited the church, in hopes we can take some photos unbothered by other people. This is an unedited photo taken after midnight. The summer nights are so short in Iceland, almost inexistent.

We then took a longer walk through the city centre, we also went to see the Town Hall. Truth is, we were not very upset that we did not see Reykjavik in too much detail because we went to Iceland for nature.

Our adventure is just about to start, so stay tuned!

xo Claudia

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