Postcard from Reykjavik

August 15, 2013 in Europe,Iceland,Places

The first thing that struck me about Reykjavik was just how little it felt like a national capital. Within hours of being there, we easily knew the layout of the city: the main pedestrian thoroughfare marked by neon bicycles, the large pond dotted with seagulls, the sturdy houses accented with colorful shutters. View of Reykjavik from the church, Iceland

Granted, Reykjavik’s population of 120,000 is equal to the suburb I grew up in–and the capital is home to almost half of the country’s population. Despite its small-town charm–we chatted with a girl who worked at the Blue Lagoon on our first day there, and ran into her at a closing party for a bar on our last night–Reykjavik is surprisingly cosmopolitan. Strikingly modern buildings, hipster coffee shops, adorable B&Bs: Reykjavik has something for everyone, and it’s a wonderful introduction to Iceland–although I still think the country is made for road trips and outdoor swimming sessions.

Neon bike on pedestrian walkway in Reykjavik, Iceland

Blue house in Reykjavik, Iceland

Mural in Reykjavik, Iceland

Statue and lemon flowers in Reykjavik, Iceland

View of Reykjavik from the church, Iceland

Yellow flowers in Reykjavik, Iceland

View of Reykjavik from the church, Iceland

Statue by the pond in Reykjavik, Iceland

Bird flying at the pond in Reykjavik, Iceland

 

What’s your favorite photo of Reykjavik?

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad

    I can’t wait to visit! And I love the last shot of the seagull.

  • gaaaaa I want to visit Iceland so bad and Rekyjavik looks like the icing on the cake to a beautiful country.

  • I feel as though I was just born to live in Iceland… Love the colours in Reykjavik! 🙂 xxx

  • I feel as though I was just born to live in Iceland… Love the colours in Reykjavik! 🙂 x

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    I can’t wait to explore Reykjavik one day. It looks so incredibly unique compared to most cities I’ve been to. Great post! I love that second photo.

  • Great shots, I especially love the yellow flower one!

  • Kim

    Your blogs are great, I am planning a trip to Iceland in 2014 and this is getting me very excited to explore! Thank you!

  • Ahelmil

    I visited Iceland in 1986, they had a loose sort of prohibition then, gone now and certainly swept away by hen and stag nights. But you have to love the open air spa baths, and amazing scenery.

  • camorose

    Thanks! You’ll love it–such a cool city!

  • camorose

    It totally is–so much fun!

  • camorose

    I would LOVE to live there–although maybe just during the summer months. Don’t think I could survive a winter of darkness!

  • camorose

    So different than any other capital cities–it’s like this awesomely cosmopolitan small town where everyone knows everyone!

  • camorose

    Thank you! The flowers in Iceland were gorgeous in June.

  • camorose

    Hooray! You’ll love it–such a fantastic country!

  • camorose

    The hot springs are just fantastic–such an amazing country!

  • Lusine Antonyan

    I’m leaving for Iceland in a few days and am so glad I came across your blog! Some of the best and most well written advice I’ve come across! Thank you 🙂

  • camorose

    That’s so sweet, Lusine! Enjoy Iceland–it’s FANTASTIC!

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