I've been away for so long! Much of July was spent in Iceland on vacation and then in Oklahoma teaching dance at a summer camp. July was a great month.
So many people asked me and my husband "why Iceland?" when we told them our vacation plans. I find it interesting that for something to be deemed a vacation it seems to need to involve exotic beaches, big name cities, or fancy accommodations. I enjoy experiential travel. I enjoy visiting places that are naturally stunning and distinctive, and also culturally interesting and diverse.
Iceland had everything you could want in a vacation (ok, maybe minus bikini-wearing temperatures): beaches, boat rides, whale watching, delicious food, delectable bakeries, hipster shopping, historical pride, cities, mountains, glaciers, epic coasts, waterfalls, geysers, farms, and plenty of horses and sheep.
Day 1 we spent in Reykjavik, the capital of the country and also the largest city in the country. We ate lunch at a cafe, shopped along the main street near our hotel, walked to the coast, and toured Hallgrimskirkja, the town's famously tall church. Look similar to the photos of Reykjavik I posted before vacation? Very cool.
Shopping down the main street in Reykjavik.
Hallgrimskirkja. "kirkja" is on the end of each church name.
We rode an elevator to the top of this church tower and looked out of those windows!
Amazing view of the coast from the top of Hallgrimskirkja.
In front of Hallgrimskirkja was a statue of Leif Eriksson given to Iceland by the United States.
I love the rooftop colors and architecture of this town. So much personality.
View from our hotel balcony of the main shopping street. This was probably around 10:30pm. It doesn't get completely dark at all during summer in Iceland!
Walking around town and stumbling into things was one of our favorite things to do on this trip. There was so much to stumble across in such a small area! Very walkable. Highly recommended.
Stay tuned for day 2...