Iceland – Day 1

and the adventure begins-2

Reykjavik

Ben and I had a full day of traveling on Saturday, June 4th and we finally arrived at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland at 4:30 am on Sunday, June 5th! I think we were both in a bit of shock that we were actually standing in the place we had been gawking at on our computer screens for half a year! We were also exhausted from our travels, and a bit confused by the airport so we just followed the stampede of people in what we hoped would be the right direction. Our rental car was ready for pick up at 5:30 am, but we weren’t really sure how to get to the rental car place which is just a few minutes from the airport. Well, no need to worry because the different rental car companies walk in the airport with their business sign. You just hop in the car with them and they drive you to their office. We got our Hyundai SUV and we were off!

Pretty much as soon as we left the parking lot, Iceland started showing off with dramatic landscapes and scenery! We immediately felt like we were on a different planet! Even though we were exhausted, our adrenaline and excitement kicked in and we headed to our first sight, the Bridge America-Europe, also known as the bridge between continents.  It was a cloudy, chilly morning, but Ben and I expected the weather to be like that throughout the duration of our trip. We were pleasantly surprised when we were sun-kissed majority of our days in Iceland!

Next, we headed to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. We ended up calling Reykjavik “the capital” throughout the trip because we had no clue how to say it correctly! “The capital” reminded me of the Hunger Games, which probably is a pretty accurate description of Reykjavik in comparison to the rest of the country! Iceland has about 300,000 people in the entire country and about 200,000 of those people live in Reykjavik and the nearby surrounding area. That means in comparison to all the other sleepy, small, simplistic villages in the country, Reykjavik is bustling! It is colorful, lively and energetic, and contains a cute downtown center with a big city feel.

Our heavy eyelids were competing with our adrenaline rush and ended up winning the fight as soon as we got into downtown Reykjavik. We couldn’t check into our hotel until the afternoon so we ended up taking a snooze in the car. After we got in our zzz’s, we were pretty much unstoppable from here on out! Check out some pics from our day in Reykjavik!

Bridge America-Europe

 

Breakfast at Bergsson Mathus

 

Hallgrimskirkja

 

Sun Voyager Sculpture (Sólfarið)

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Harpa Concert Hall – We did a guided tour so we could see the different concert halls within the building. The architecture of this building was incredible!

 

Dinner at Prikið – oldest cafe in Iceland

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