Published on March 1st, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 HOURS IN REYKJAVIK
Reykjavic | Photo courtesy of Christine Zenino, Flickr
Progressive Reykjavik is home to most of Iceland’s tiny population, and it’s easy to see why. With a tonne of cool bars, loads of open air geothermal baths, a happening art scene and a real commitment to sustainable living, Reykjavik is ‘the now’. What Reykjavik lacks in size it makes up for in many other ridiculously cool ways.
9am Star the day on a particularly delicious note with a coffee and some freshly baked pastries at the Mosfellsbakarí bakery and coffeehouse, which has been serving hand-made baked goods to locals for more than 30 years.
10am Drop by the Icelandic Phallological Museum. As one of the world’s only museums dedicated to penises, this museum is home to more than 215 preserved penises of Icelandic sea and land mammals, including seals, polar bears and whales. Yes, really. Don’t forget to stop by the souvenir section to buy something for your folks back home!
12pm Grab some lunch at the Laundromat Café, a magical establishment where you can eat, drink beer, play board games, drink coffee, trade and buy books, and do your laundry all in one place.
3pm Catch the bus to the city’s biggest thermal pool, Laugardalslaug. Bask in the steamy glory of the healing thermal waters then reclaim your lost youth by hitting the waterslides.
8pm Head to local hamburger mecca, Hamborgarafabrikkan for burgers loaded with extras like blue cheese, brie, and tiger prawns. Beer, wine, and fries only enhance the experience.
10pm Get to know the local scene by hitting Kaffibarinn, a low-key bar which was at one time co-owned by Blur’s Damon Albarn. Revel in rocking tunes and fresh ales until the sun comes up.