Whale watching is a pretty popular activity in Iceland. In Husavik and Reykjavik, boat tours seeking whales, dolphins, and puffins in summertime, are commonplace. So, we did what the tourists do and went on a whale watching tour on Sunday.
There is a long pier down by the harbour where all the boats have offices and sell tickets for their tours. Besides whale watching and puffin hunting, you can also book a “Northern Lights” tour. The problem with that is, if it’s cloudy, as it often was for us, you aren’t going to see those lights on land or a boat. But people will pay, so they have the tour. Continue reading “Whale Watching in Reykjavik”
For a small city, Reykjavik has a lot of street art. Some of it is more commercial than others, and it is various. From murals to store decorations to statues and sculptures, there’s something new around every corner.
For a small city, there are tons of eating options in Reykjavik. Even the “budget” meals are not cheap, though, so it’s worth it to choose wisely or stop worrying about costs.
Fish & Chips
Seafood is big in Iceland – you can get fish stew in many places, and fish and chips is a hot item. Near the harbour in Reykjavik, there are 2 top options right across the street from one another: Icelandic Fish and Chips and Reykjavik Fish. We headed that way on Saturday because our guide book recommended the former, but it looked too stuffy and was empty, so we went into the hipper looking Reykjavik Fish. Not cheap, but delicious.
We both went for the combo #1 – Fish and Chips with one sauce and a draft beer for $32 KR. You can also order a la carte but we went for the shebang. The fish was really lightly battered and delicate, and delicious. Viking beer is the basic Icelandic lager which tastes perfectly fine. Fries were OK.
The place is big and very Nordic looking. You order at the front and they bring it to your table when it’s ready. It’s a much nicer looking place than your typical casual dining spot back home, but you’re also paying way more! But when in Iceland… I imagine the prices were similar across the street.
Early yesterday morning we dropped off our campervan at CampEasy and our bags at our Reykjavik hotel. What to do to get a first taste of a new city? We like to go on walking tours! The good news is CityWalks Iceland puts on free walking tours of the city centre every day so we booked that for 1:30PM.
The tour was great! Sara, our guide, is a local and a historian – she studied with Iceland’s president, so pretty good credentials. She was entertaining and told some really fun and interesting stories about the city and country.