A Stroll around Reykjavik

One of the pluses of going to Iceland, besides witnessing the magnificent statement nature makes there, is enjoying visiting somewhere that is manageable in size.  One can cross the island in one day from coast to coast thanks for a great ring road that is in pretty good condition (especially, when one considers the climate).  Another pleasant aspect of it being of manageable size is that its capital, Reykjavik, is quite approachable and easily explored on foot – perfect for a stroll to discover!

Pedestrian friendly areas

With a population of about 125,000, traffic in this city is not a problem; one can easily walk around, cross streets, etc.

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Walking around Reykjavik is delightful

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Plenty of road space for bicyclists

But Reykjavik has in its city center a nice pedestrian street, Laugavegur.  Shops of every kind and a few eateries can be found in this street.  We actually stayed right off it in an apartment we rented on Vatnsstigur – a perfect spot central to everything.

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Hallgrímskirkja Church as seen from Laugavegur street

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Laugavegur is a fun street to walk about!

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Neat way to close up the street to cars!

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Looking from one end of Laugavegur – it was a nice “warm” day!

The Old Harbor (which still functions as a harbor for fishermen, etc.) is a place with great seafood restaurants (also has a Viking museum and other places of interest).  The one I went to was not fancy at all but it served OUTSTANDING fresh seafood.

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The Old Harbor has been re-vitalized and it’s a great spot for dining.

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One of the many restaurants in the Old Harbor

Interesting architecture

I found the town to be quite charming even if I cannot say its architecture is overwhelmingly incredible.  The type and materials of construction, of course, are designed to deal with the climate the town experiences.  But, some of the designs are pretty neat visually, to my untrained eye at least.

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Corner door AND sharp color contrast – my kind of place!

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Nice contrast between these two neighbors

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A propos of it being a seaside city

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Nice contrast between the exterior wall and the window frames

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Simple is also OK

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Typical corner door and “cut-out” above

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The picket fence is a nice touch

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My favorite corner door and “cut-out”

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Don’t forget to look up!

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Sharp color contrast

And food along the way

A stroll around Reykjavik is NOT complete without having an Icelandic hot dog.

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One of the many hot dog carts around

There is more to see in Reykjavik, of course, like Hallgrímskirkja Church, museums, etc.  But, start with a stroll like this and you will love this northern town too!

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Comments

  1. Raulito, disfruté mucho el tour!! Muchas gracias!! and happy Thanksgiving!!!

  2. jen schmitt says:

    It’s a beautiful and accessible capital city – rare among capitals, but so very welcoming. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be in winter. Return trip?

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