We’ve closed the circle. Late in the afternoon we reach the eastern outskirts of Reykjavik and make our way through one roundabout after another toward the city center.
Jen and I stop at a couple of vintage shops to find some unique souvenirs. Afterwards, we drive up the busy main drag Laugavegur and park a couple of blocks away to walk around the area.
Graffiti decorates alleyways, building foundations and back walls, and much of the empty walls of businesses near Laugavegur.
I’m struck by how colorful many of the buildings are and wonder if it’s a way of combatting cold gray days and long winters.
We grab some lunch at a local soup cafe and then walk up the hill to the cathedral.
The Harpa Concert Hall is gorgeous, even though the dreary day doesn’t show it in its best light.
There’s a film festival going on and lots of people milling around the entire downtown area. Reykjavík has an energetic and fun vibe.
We make the most of our day in the city and wander until well after dark. For dinner we stop in at a fish shop and order a special of ling cod an Arctic char kebabs with roasted potatoes. Best fish I’ve ever had. Apparently nothing goes to waste here. Even the lamp shade is made out of fish.
And for dessert we stop at Valdi’s for some rye bread ice cream.
Perfect end to a perfect day.