We got up after a very hot night (temperature wise) and hit the town. We had coffee at a new place, Mokka which was very good. I must say the coffee here is excellent. Not sure why. it could be the glacier water that they use or the milk or the coffee itself. But yum!! Would love to duplicate a Suisse mocha at home like I’ve had here. Starbucks has nothing on this place and it is so nice that there isn’t a Starbucks store in Reykjavik. I’m actually surprised that there isn’t as they plan on taking over the world.
We then walked to the Perlan, a high dome overlooking the city. The huge water tanks that supply Reykjavik with its hot water have been developed into a tourist complex. The main attraction is the Saga Museum which features some eerily realistic dioramas depicting key moments in Icelandic history. We really loved this museum. All the museums here are impressive, but this one told the stories in a way that was informative and entertaining. It meant more to us since we’d seen some of the historical sites around Iceland mentioned in the sagas. There weren’t that many people here so we had much of the exhibit to ourselves. There is a rooftop deck with a very expensive revolving restaurant here and a swimming pool (geothermal of course) in the basement.
Afterwards we walked back to the hotel. I would guess it to be 3 miles or so. Along the way, Greg had lunch at the Reykjavik bus terminal which ironically is known to have great food at cheap prices. They do Icelandic specialties like lamb, pickled sheep’s head, cod, ram testicles, etc. All while you wait for your bus! Cool… It’s written up in the guidebooks as a good place to get a cheap meal. Coca cola is more popular here in Iceland than any other country in the world and everywhere you go people are drinking it. Weird. I’d never have thought that a country which is cold much of the year would drink so much cold soda. Go figure. Mexico is second. That I can see, but Iceland, who knew?
We moved into a much nicer room in the hotel. Nice because it was a bit bigger and because it was 15 degrees cooler. They are so nice at the hotel, like everywhere in this country and have mad us feel like Kings and Queens.
I then went downtown and bought some postcards and sat at a cafe for a few hours while Greg leveled up (WOW people know what I’m talking about. The rest of you will have to ask) back at the hotel. I love all the walking we’ve done, both in the city and surrounding countryside. It feels great to get most places on your feet. The sun was out today and so were the local people soaking up every bit of sun they could on these very long summer days.
Later we went out for a very expensive dinner at a restaurant called Laekjarbrekka in an old house built in 1834 and recently restored. This wasn’t the lobster restaurant Greg had wanted to go to the night before, but was similarly expensive. We had Reindeer Carpaccio (big yum), Reyka vodka (made here in Iceland from the waters off of the glacier and very good), a seafood salad dish for me and lobster tails for Greg. The dinner probably cost a good $240 which is expensive even for Iceland.
Unfortunately Greg was sick all night so the dinner proved to be costly in more ways than one. I slept great (darker and cooler room) so was blissfully unaware of his night of troubles. Hmm, an email to the restaurant is in order.
Tomorrow we leave Iceland. I’m sad and at the same time, have so many wonderful memories about this place. For me, I couldn’t imagine a better place to get married and spend my honeymoon. I think everyone should come here especially in the summer. We’ve seen rain two times, once in the middle of the night and once (tomorrow) on our drive out to the airport to leave. The people are so friendly and they have gone out of their way to be accommodating to us. They all speak English and most, better than I do. . It is expensive here, that can’t be avoided, but it’s worth it. If it becomes the hot tourist spot that I predict it will, then I’ll be doubly glad to have been here now before it’s too crazy.