Reykjavik, Iceland’s capitol is one of the cleanest, safest, and happiest cities in the world. Even though it only has an urban area population of around 200,000, it is the home of the vast majority of Iceland’s inhabitants. It is the center of culture and life of the Icelandic people, as well as being one of the focal points of tourism in Iceland.
The city itself is spread out with sprawling suburbs. The city center is a very small area characterized by eclectic and colorful houses, with good shopping and dining.
We spent our evenings walking through the city window shopping and enjoying some true Icelandic meals (I passed on the minke whale). Their portion sizes are definitely smaller than you will find in the States (I thought I was going to die when I asked the waitress for ketchup and she brought me out a teaspoon worth in a tiny ramekin, are you kidding me!).
Although we didn’t get to try as much of the food as we wanted, our friend Sarah did. She went on a Reykjavik food tour that looked amazing! You guys can read more on that here.
Even though the true highlight was driving around the island and exploring the geography of Iceland, Reykajvik is still a must see city.
Our hotel was also located in Reykjavik. It was called the Reykjavik Lights Hotel. We payed about $100 a night and were very happy with it. They offer free breakfast and wifi. The breakfast was REALLY good and the location was perfect. You guys can book or check prices for the hotel here.
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