I gave myself two full days to explore Reykjavik. I heard from other travelers along the way that there wasn't much to do in the city unless you've planned tours and boat rides. I found this to be true.
This church is quite tall and picturesque. I confess that I have no idea what it's history is, but I did discover that Iceland is a "Protestant" country, although it has a very high number of of athiests (I'm told).
I slipped into 2 different coffee ships for expensive java and book reads.
Harpa is the Iceland Hall of Music and it is quite the structure. Visitors can come and explore the inside and get free wifi! It sits on the harbor and was a lovely spot to read.
One day in Reykjavik was plenty for me. I got bored by the end of the day. If I wanted to spend the money, I would've gone on a whale watching boat tour. Instead I decided to hike to THE HOT RIVER. I found about this place from Instagram. It was a 40-minute drive from Reykjavik and then a 50-minute hike.
But a beautiful hike...oh look another waterfall!
There were so many people there that I was afraid it would ruin the vibe, but the river is sectioned off with rocks and it was easy to find space away from others. Once in the river, it was almost too hot to sit in for very long.
On my way back to Reykjavik, I sat in this cute little cafe for a couple hours.
The final Iceland activity was visiting Blue Lagoon. I was told repeatedly that it is a tourist trap and the water and mud is artificial, but...when in Iceland, you go to the Blue Lagoon.
The atmosphere was really fun and very low key. I got wifi in the lagoon and swam around with my phone so an older couple asked if I'd take a photo of them. I also met another solo traveler from Australia who had been at the lagoon all day. Whoa.
A very relaxing time and worth the tourist trap just this once.
I stayed at a hostel near the airport and had the great fortune of meeting all these ladies in this picture! All of us were solo traveling and happened to stay in the same hostel! We banded together and drove out to attempt to see the Northern lights, but did not have good luck. By the time I was falling asleep, I felt like I'd been adopted into a little family of nomads.
Goodbye, Iceland! You were worth it.