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12 September 2021

Relaxing in Reykjavik

Hallgrimskirke

Hallgrimskirke

22 August 2021

There’s a particular kind of American tourist that stays at hotels like the Konsultat. They wear the best quality adventure gear, and discuss with noisy confidence today’s guided adventure, or talk about their family relationships so we can all hear. Anyway, the breakfast buffet at the Konsultat is great. It’s the first hotel breakfast we’ve had in Iceland; every other day we’ve been too keen to get on the road to be waiting for breakfast.

Today we relaxed, wandered the streets of Reykjavik, found a couple interesting shops to poke around. It’s a pretty small city. There’s some very good street art. It was Sunday so more than half the shops were closed. Enforced relaxation! Although we still managed to walk many miles. Thrill of the day: getting our COVID tests done for the return trip to the UK. We passed.

Street art in Reykjavik

Street art in Reykjavik

Dinner tonight was disappointing. Matur ad Drykkur is meant to be one of the top places to eat, but their ambition certainly exceeds their ability. Tempura seaweed was oily and chewy, the soy sauce to dip it in uninspired. The fish soup was creamy and undistinguished. The puddings just stuff with granola on. The starters were really just canapes. Our dinner the previous night at Grillmarket was better, mainly due to the existence of jalapeno daquiris. Sheer demonic bliss. But to be honest, our very first night in Iceland was the best food we’ve had all trip: Skal, knock-out small plates and great cocktails.

Best food, day 1, donut

Best food, day 1, donut


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