24 Hours in Reykjavik (Just About)
Tuesday the 16th of July 2019, the day the we had been planning for well over a year and we were definitely ready to get going. So rucksack's packed (Katy 11.4kg and Craig 10.3kg) we checked in at Glasgow airport, said goodbye to our parents, and made our way down gate 27C to Icelandair Flight FI431 to Reykjavic. We enjoyed the efficient service and we also managed to luck out as we had a spare seat beside us so got to spread ourselves out! Arriving into Keflavik ahead of schedule we seamlessly made our way to our bus connection that would take us into Reykjavik when the heavens opened (it was ‘stoating' down), so much for taking in some of the scenery as we drove into the city. Safely dropped just outside of our hotel we managed to get slightly soggy from the 100m walk along the road but we were here, the Icelandair Marina hotel. This was a lovely modern hotel with Katy stating she ‘didn’t feel cool enough to stay here’ although it should be noted she was allowed to stay.
With the rain continuing to pour outside we dumped our bags in the room and hit the hotel bar. A couple of beers, a cocktail and some peanuts we were suddenly rejuvenated and ready to hit the town! We headed to the Bryggjan Brugghús Brewery to take part in the Reykjavik Brewery Tour led by Liam our very knowledgable tour guide. We were joined by 4 others (2 Americans and 2 Ukrainians) and enjoyed a very informative 30 minute tour of the micro-brewery that was built in 2015 meaning it is the most modern brewery that either of us had ever been in. Due to its young age the production process is, to our surprise, fully automated and controlled by a computer no bigger than a tablet. Then came the moment we had been looking forward to the most, the food, and the 6 samples of beer as well of course.
Craig’s favourite was the Abyss and Katy preferred the pilsner, with both of us thoroughly enjoying the burger and sweet potato fries that went wonderfully with not having eaten properly in quite some time.
The next morning we headed to Brauð & Co for breakfast to sample the famous cinnamon rolls and they did not disappoint. Still warm from the oven we took our continental breakfast and walked to the majestic Grey Church and picnicked on a nearby bench.
Wander around completed, photos taken we headed down to Lake Tjörnin to wander around this loch that is situated in the middle of the city. At this point a coffee stop was required for Craig (the after effects of work not quite worn off) and Te and Koffi did not disappoint. We then headed off to our next and final stop on our whistle stop tour of Reykjavik, the Sun Voyager.
A quick bite of lunch and we were on our way to the airport at 13:00 for a 17:00 flight, we thought this was early, how wrong we were! An hour’s transfer to Keflavik airport and then 1.75 hours to negotiate check in and security although this did include a ‘random’ search from security for Craig. Although the main question he was asked was if he supported Rangers or Celtic, apparently Iceland isn’t far enough away to escape Glasgow football rivalries! The departure gate was also a disaster as 3 neighbouring gates also had flights that departed at a similar time to us causing chaos in the lounge. We survived and managed to (2 days in a row) bag a row of seats to ourselves and once again spread ourselves out.
Next stop, New York City!
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