Part two of day six of our weeklong Ring Road adventure was spent exploring Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik!
After seeing the sights of the Golden Circle, Al and I made our way to Reykjavik. Our first stop was the Perla, a modern looking dome structure overlooking the city.
The Perla had a 360° observation deck, so it was the perfect place to get a grasp of the city’s layout. After walking around the observation deck, Al and I grabbed a snack (him: ice cream; her: Americano) inside at the Perla’s cafe.
From the Perla, we swung by arguably Reykjavik’s most prominent attraction, Hallgrimskirkja. Unfortunately, photos of this impressive stone cathedral don’t do it justice! We walked around the outside, before going inside to explore. It is possible to pay to go up to the top of the bell tower, but the line was really long, so we decided to pass on this opportunity.
Instead we (successfully) navigated Reykjavik’s one-ways and metered parking system to find and check into our apartment hotel for the night. We rested up a bit and got ready for the night, before heading out to explore Reykjavik by foot.
We walked the downtown streets, popping into the various shops lining the streets before heading to our dinner reservations at Grillmarkadurinn.
Seriously, one of the coolest places we have ever eaten at! Not only were they super accommodating to my dietary restrictions, but the food and atmosphere were like nothing we’ve ever experienced before!
We started our meal with appetizers of lamb and red onion skewers and grilled (non-endangered!) mink whale. For our main courses, Al had a trio of three different types of fish and I had the most delicious steak. Both of our entrées came with creamy dill potatoes and a root vegetable hash. Oh my gosh – sooooooooo good!
After spending a couple of hours enjoy our time at Grillmarkadurinn, we hit the town for a couple (or a lot) more drinks at several downtown bars. We stopped at Dillon and Bravo – and tried a shot of Brennivin – before hunkering down at Kaldi Bar, where we chatted with the local bartenders into the wee hours of the night.