The next day, we explored the city of Reykjavik. It’s a small city but obviously has so much history (duh). It’s colorful amongst the grey skies + very clean and almost quaint. Everybody in Reykjavik has hot running water in their house from the hot water from the volcanoes (all geothermal) so Iceland is definitely one of the more “greener countries!” Fresh hot running water + fresh cold glacier water. Before I start on the city, I can’t forget the little excursion we hear earlier on..riding on Icelandic horses.
It was a little depressing actually since all the horses are corralled together and looked sad being in captivity. The trail was…boring compared to the rest of the country’s landscape but I guess that’s what you get when you sign up for a major tourist attraction that caters to big groups. I did love my horse though – he kept wandering off the trail to munch on grass and I would have to insist on getting him back on the trail and moving!!
We made our way to the their infamous and beautiful church. Hallgrimskirjka. It was pretty neat inside, not too big, but it provides an elevator to go all the way up to the top to see the city view! (The best part!) It was only a few dollars for each of us to go up and you could take pictures as long as you wanted. When you got to the top, the view was rainbow colored rooftops everywhere.
The crime rate in Iceland is pretty darn low so I think this is more artwork than real gangs terrorizing. I think our tour guide from the day before said that they have a murder about every 10 years? haha. They do have a lot of white collar crimes as well as some drug trafficking. Their prisons are actually very comfortable compared to US standards and the rest of the third-world of course.
Icelandic people are incredibly superstitious! They definitely believe in ghosts, trolls, gnomes, and the like. 🙂 I love it when cultures are superstitious about this type of stuff. We all know Asians are definitely the worst with it and fully believe in all of this as well. Would have been cool to have to deal with mischievous troll I was posing with. Everything in Iceland is pretty expensive especially the alcohol. I would have loved to buy more souvenirs like their wool clothing/accessories but decided to pass it up. (I bought a keychain from the blue lagoon and it was US$13. For a keychain!)
I loved Iceland and their people are incredibly nice and accommodating. We did not have a chance to enjoy the nightlife but have heard many things -which isn’t hard to believe. My favorite dish is the LAMB. They have amazing lamb since they’re all grazing openly out in the fields. I would love to visit again to see the other sights Iceland has to offer. A must-see next time is the Northern Lights which we didn’t get a chance to since it wasn’t late enough into the season.
*Note: Due to a disparity between the photographer and me, the only photos posted from this trip are with me in them. All photos of me belong to AndyParkPhoto.com unless noted otherwise.