Our first night when we arrived in Reykjavik, we stayed the night at the Guesthouse Aurora, which I highly recommend if you book a room with a private bathroom. We were given a small one-bedroom apartment on the same block as the guest house. It was reasonable and the cheapest night of our entire trip, with a good substantial breakfast and friendly helpful staff. Last night we had a great meal. After walking around checking out the astronomically expensive (think $30/pp as the cheapest option) restaurants along the main shopping street, we finally found a reasonable priced small place that served fish multiple ways; I think it was called something simple, like Fish Restaurant Reykjavik. It was a great start to our culinary experience in Iceland.
It was still pitch dark when we went to breakfast at 9:30 AM. We had just enough time to grab breakfast and check out before the sky started to change, and we decided to walk up to Hallgrimskirkja, an Icelandic Lutheran church, just a few meters from the guesthouse. I couldn’t help but stay in front of the church shooting, watching the sky change and get beautiful. We eventually realized the sky was going to stay looking that way, and we needed to keep going with our limited time. We picked up snacks, fruit, and sandwich fixings for the week at the Bonus grocery store.
Wanting one last hot meal for lunch, we surprisingly spotted a Quiznos at a gas station just outside the city. We picked up our lunch and headed down to Vik. The light was still charming; it wasn’t hard to find a beautiful spot to stop and eat or sandwiches and wander around for a few shots.
Unfortunately, by the time we reached Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the clouds had overcome any chance the sun had of coming through. It was at this first waterfall that I realized I had forgotten to purchase crampons. Ice covered the entire paths along the waterfall! I didn’t waste my time trying to wander far down the paths. Risky decisions that used to be harder to make become very easy when you’re pregnant. I wasn’t going up those steps! However, I sent Mike up, and I did spot him fall on his way down. Sorry, Mike!
Unfortunately, it started to rain on our way to Skogafoss Waterfall. The sun also started to go away. We didn’t spend much time here because we were wet and uninspired.
We’re staying at the Farmhouse Guesthouse just outside of Vik. It’s a warm comfortable room with heated floors in the bathroom.
There were only two restaurants open for dinner, we chose one and had a good meal.