I WAS BEING CHEAP WITH MY TRAVEL PLANS & DECIDED TO STAY 21 HOURS IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND...AND I AM SO GLAD THAT I DID.
when do i go back?
I'd never though to travel to Iceland. When I mentioned to friends I had a long layover there, they told me I wasn't going to want to leave. Maybe it is a good thing to travel somewhere with zero expectation because it blew me away. More so than the charming town, North pole vibe, dreamy lighting, and sweet people, there was an an energy about this place that I can't put my finger on it. I haven't felt that kind of magic from a place in a very long time. The only thing I really know is that I can't wait to go back...
EAT + DRINK
It's middle of winter in Iceland, it actually wasn't as cold as I was expecting, but the darkness & bitter air is going to have you craving coffee, soup, and/or something to heat you from the inside out.
te & Kaffi :: for your tea and coffee ;) There's a few of them around town.
cafe babalu :: hole in the wall cozy vibe, I had the lamb stew, it hit the spot but they offer loads of vegan & vegetarian specialties. i almost had the vegan carrot cake but refrained.
reykjavik art museum
the icelandic punk museum
reykjavik museum of photography
NATION MUSEUM OF ICELAND
the living art museum
iceland phallological museum :: yes this one shocked me as well.
AIRBNB :: Central to downtown, this is sort of a shared inn / bed and breakfast style Airbnb. Awesome location & the host is extremely accommodating but expect to meet other travelers.
STYLE + tastemakers
Clean crisp style, pops of color, handmade sweaters, lamb or sheep wool everything, style from furniture to fine art this place has it all. It reminded me if Portland had a magic baby with British Columbia and Sweden, then put it on an island, you may find Iceland.
Shopping along Laugavegur Street