Three Days In Reykjavik Iceland
August 19, 2019
A Great Three Days In Reykjavik Iceland
Three days in Reykjavik gave us a chance to spend a little time in the city. And do some great day trips to surrounding area.
The original itinerary on our cruise through the Nordic countries with Oceania Cruises had us only in Reykjavik for a little over 24 hours. When issues with weather shortened our stay in Greenland, our time in Reykjavik was extended. This meant we had a full 3 days in Reykjavik.
We started our visit to Iceland on the north coast in Akureyri and Isafjordur. This was a great first view of the magnificent sights of Iceland. On our first day trip from Reykjavik, we toured the Golden Circle. And then on a second day trip, we added some great sights when we drove along the picturesque Reykjanes Peninsula.
We loved that we had time to wander around Reykjavik. We loved all the interesting outdoor art we found in the city. And the chance to see so many iconic sights.
Our First View Of Reykjavík From Above
After we toured around the Golden Circle, the last stop was at the Perlan Exploratoreum. There were a number of interesting exhibits at Perlan including the “Wonders of Iceland”, an indoor ice cave and a planetarium. But our stop took us up to the 360º observation deck.
When we reached the top, we wandered around and got our first view out over Reykjavík. Off in the distance was the port where our ship was docked. When we looked towards the town, we got our first glimpse of the iconic and architecturally stunning Hallgrimskirkja church. We were certainly excited that we planned to wander in Reykjavík and get closer to this church.
It was great to start our visit to Reykjavik with this panoramic view of the city. We were sure that Perlan offered many more things to see and do. But we did not have the time on this visit.
Walking On The Waterfront
We planned two long excursion days to see the stunning natural beauty of Iceland. But we saved a day and explored the city of Reykjavík. The shuttle bus dropped us on the waterfront close to downtown.
There was a lot we wanted to see. But we did not want to miss the iconic Sun Voyageur statue on the waterfront. It was our first view of the outdoor art of Reykjavík. But not the last!
There were a few cruise ships in when we visited. But the city was far busier because we arrived on the weekend of the gay pride parade. We missed the parade because we were out on a tour. But we found evidence of the celebration everywhere we visited on our three days in Reykjavik. The stunning Harpa Concert Hall drew us down the waterway. It was our first but not last view of the colourful Pride flags.
The Iconic Hallgrimskirkja Church
We got our first view of the interesting Hallgrimskirkja Church from Perlan. But we knew we wanted to see more. It was an easy landmark to target on our walk around Reykjavik.
We walked around the church and looked at the architectural details. The statue of Leif Eiriksson stood guard in front. There was a church service in progress so we did not go inside.
The Cafe Loki was located with a great view of the Hallgrimskirkja Church. So we stopped for a local treat. And we were rewarded with a great view from our seat in the cafe as the sun came out. When we left, we could not resist the urge to frame the church within the silhouette set up at the perimeter of the church.
After we left the church, we saw that the Einar Jónsson Sculpture Garden was right beside the area. It gave us a chance to wander and see more of the beautiful outdoor are in Reykjavik.
We were very glad we made it to the Hallgrimskirkja Church on our three days in Reykjavik.
A Walk Through The Park
As we headed back towards downtown Reykjavík, we wandered in the Hljomskalagardurinn. This large green space was a colourful spot beside the Tjörnin pond. It was another spot where we found great outdoor art in Reykjavik.
We loved finding the flowers and green spaces on our three day visit to Reykjavík.
A Quick Walk Through Downtown Reykjavík
We continued our walk along the Tjörnin pond towards downtown. We saw City Hall and some of the downtown buildings.
As we walked through the downtown area, we saw more outdoor art in the squares. And much variety in the street art murals that we found everywhere!
There was much to see on our visit to Reykjavik when we walked around downtown.
Day Trips From Reykjavik
On our first day in Reykjavik, we did a long day trip around the Golden Circle. It was a stunning view of the natural beauty outside of the city. We stopped at the Thingvellir Lava Fields (Pingellir in Icelandic), the Haukadalur Geysir Geothermal Fields and the Gullfoss Waterfall.
On our second day in Reykjavik, we did a day trip around the picturesque Reykjanes Peninsula. We started our day with a stop at the small coastal area of Hafnarfjordur. We stopped at the Kleifarvatn Lake, the Eldraun Lava Fields and at the shore by the Reykjanesvíti Lighthouse. During our day we visited first the Krysuvik and then the Gunnuhver Geothermal areas and saw the bubbling mud pools and steam.
The geothermal spots we visited were for viewing only. Our final stop at the Blue Lagoon finally showed us hot springs that were enjoyed for swimming. But unfortunately we ran out of time to actually get in the water.
When we spent 3 days in Reykjavik, we made sure to see as much as we could in the city and outside.
A Busy 3 Days In Reykjavik Iceland
We were so excited we got to spend 3 full days in Reykjavik. From the ship we got a great view out to the hills that surrounded the harbour. At night we were graced with beautiful sunsets. Even if we did not get any Northern Lights on this trip. A great reason to plan a return visit.
We wrapped up our visit to Iceland, with three days in Reykjavik. Our two day trips ensured we saw more of the great natural beauty that Iceland offered.
Many people spend much to their time exploring the outdoor wonders. But we were glad we saved a day and explored Reykjavík. The architecture was stunning and the outdoor art offered so much variety.
We were sad when we left Iceland. But we knew we would be back. The next stop on our Nordic country cruise provided another fascinating outdoor site at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. A first great stop as we explored Ireland from north to south.
Would you enjoy 3 days in Reykjavik Iceland? What should be on our itinerary for a return trip to Iceland?
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