I ended up in Reykjavik by default. The cheapest flight to Seattle that I could find was on Icelandair, and involved a 17-hour layover in Reykjavik. So I played about with dates and times to get myself four days there, since 17 hours would just frustrate me.
The weather hasn’t been great. I think this is pretty standard though. Maybe there’s one super-sunny day, sometime in July, and everyone rushes out and takes photos of the lovely blue sky and the people in their t-shirts and these are the photos that get used on all the promotional literature and travel brochures. The rest of the year is pretty much like this, with the odd sunny spell interspersed with rain showers and a constant damp drizzle.
It’s not so bad though, if you just resign yourself to it and get on with things.
Here are some things I found to do, despite the weather:
You can take the ferry out to Viðey, a mostly uninhabited island with just a little cafe and a lot of wildlife.
You can visit the Hallgrimskirkja church, which offers great views over the city.
Like this one…..
You can go to the beach. Seriously? Yes during summer they pipe in hot water and make a little pool in the ocean with the water staying at around 20 degrees. Still a little cold for me (I’m a wimp) but I gave it a (brief) go. There are refreshments and a place to store valuables, plus some little hot baths dotted around.
There are also lots of sculptures hanging around the city.
Finally, Sarah’s useless Reykjavik fact: the first settlers gave Reykjavik its name, on account of the steam rising from the hot springs (it means ‘smoke cove’).