On our final full day in Iceland, we let ourselves sleep in just a bit. Our first stop wasn't too far from our apartment so we had to wait for the sun to do its thing a bit more before we left. Most of this day was spent exploring Reykjavik, which to be frank, was sort of underwhelming. The rest of Iceland was just so amazing, it was kind of boring to be in a city. However, it was nice to walk around instead of relying on the car.
Basalt columns are my favorite. I love how they're so geometrical and orderly. It's just an interesting phenomenon to see in nature. We saw them in nature three times during this trip: at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Svartifoss, and here and it did not get old. What did get old was the fact that so many architects tried to pay tribute to this phenomenon; that definitely got old. I mean, Hallgrimskirkja and Akureyrarkirkja are both really beautiful for sure, but we also saw the most random buildings giving a nod to these columns and it got a bit redundant. Like, we get it, you love the basalt columns; so do we. But not everything can pay tribute to them, you know? Be inspired by the moss rocks or the lava fields or something, geez.
As we got closer to Reykjavik, we stopped in Borgarnes to admire the mountains. I can't imagine just living in a town and waking up day in and day out to a view like this. Though, I suppose if you've seen it all your life, it's pretty mundane.
Before we made our way into town (it was still a bit early and we assumed our hotel wasn't going to let us check in just yet) we stopped at this little park. It was quaint and well-maintained but since the trees had lost all their leaves, it looked really forlorn and sad so we didn't end up spending much time here.
REYKJAVIK RESIDENCE HOTEL
Our final hotel of the trip was a cute little place in the city center. It was basically an apartment, though it didn't have a full on kitchen, just a kitchenette. But it was cozy and conveniently located and we were only staying there one night so not having an oven wasn't the end of the world.
EINAR JÓNSSON SCULPTURE MUSEUM
The actual museum has a fee, but if you go around back, you can look at the sculpture garden for free.
BAEJARINS BEZTU PYLSUR
The one Icelandic word I learned whilst abroad (I learned "takk" a.k.a. "thank you" before I left) was "pylsa" and "pylsur" a.k.a. "hot dog" and "hot dogs."
HARPA CONCERT HALL
THE LITTLE MERMAID
This little mermaid wasn't quite as elegant as Den Lille Havfrue (after all, Reykjavik's LM was covered in bird poop) but it was still fun to see her, especially with Hallgrimskirkja in the background. Apparently, she was gifted to a former mayor by some shopping center and she's identical to a former statue that was blown up in 1960 in an unsolved crime.
RÁÐHÚS (CITY HALL)
We saw this chain of Icelandic supermarkets everywhere while we were on the road. It just happened that the towns we stayed in each night did not have one. So, I was happy when we finally got to shop at one. Our family loves pigs - not sure where that love came from - so it was a lot of fun for us to shop here. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed because some a-hole had scratched a swastika into this pink pig (who didn't deserve to be marred with a symbol of hate) but I photoshopped it out because swastikas do not vibe with my happy holiday. I didn't even have to share this little story except to say that even in one of the happiest countries in the world, there is someone so unhappy he/she felt the need to share their misery through vandalism.
We got really jealous of a plane flying around; the pilot was obviously circling to give the passengers a show.
We drove to the lighthouse in Reykjavik, Grótta, in the hopes that we might see some more, but it was just too cloudy. There were a bunch of cars in the parking lot when we arrived - several with their headlights on (stupid idiots) - but even when we rounded the corner and got away from the lights, it was pretty obvious that the sky was clouded over; we couldn't see a single star.
Despite the lackluster aurora hunting, we were satisfied that we'd caught a glimpse and again, we were just so grateful for what we'd experienced on Day 2, we couldn't be mad.
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