Well hello there :-) I am back in Berlin after a fabulous 6-day holiday in Iceland. I had bought tickets back in August and next thing I know, December came round in a whirlwind…
Now… Iceland! I have to say that visiting this country in December is truly magical. Everything is covered in snow, and the dusky light of the place gives the landscape a surreal glow. This, combined with the fact that it is sparsely populated and has almost no trees, makes one almost feel like they are travelling on the moon.
We spent the first couple of days in Reykjavik, where we stayed at the fabulous Kex Hostel. Everyone already raves about this place and basically yes, this old biscuit factory turned industrial paradise playground, really does live up to its hype!
In Reykjavik , aside froma lot of striding in the snow in the darkness, I would recommend checking out Hallgrímskirkja, the prettiest phallic-shaped church you will every see! I would also suggest you take a skip to Harpa, Reykjavik’s main concert hall. I was truly amazed by the beauty of this shimmering building.
Also, for a very local experience, try one of the public pools and sit in a warm tub with snow all around you. We went to a small local pool and we really enjoyed it.
Finally don’t forget to try some Skyr, the delicious Icelandic yoghurt and to have a cup of hipster brewed coffee at Reykjavik Roasters. For a Christmas experience buy yourself a small bottle of Appelsin (Icelandic Fanta) and one of Malt extract. Mix it all up in a glass and sip away!
Of course there are a ton more things to do in Reykjavik and there’s the famous Blue Lagoon near the airport, but the bits I mentioned above are just a couple of things that stood out for me.
Keep your eyes peeled for part 2 where I will tell you about our little trip to the Golden Circle… That’s all for now folks!
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