Iceland, Day 3

Saturday was both the best and worst day of the trip. Best because we pretty much ate our way through the day (and who wouldn’t love that) and worst because it was so gross. We spent the day wandering around Reykjavik in a constant cold drizzle.

We didn’t really have an agenda. We’d known the weather was going to be bad and purposely didn’t plan anything. We spent the morning wandering around, checking out shops, etc. Before we knew it, it was time for lunch!

Lunch was a two-part affair. Our first stop was Baejarins Beztu Pylsur which allegedly is the best hot dog stand in all of Europe. They say the secret ingredient is that the hot dogs are cooked in beer, but I can’t verify that. Bill Clinton once ate there. And I must say, it was a good hot dog.

The hot dog was good, but not quite filling so we headed to Saegreifinn for a bowl of their famous lobster soup. Is there anything better than a big bowl of soup and fresh-baked bread on a cold dreary day? Even Laura (notorious soup-hater that she is) liked it!

After lunch we headed to Hallgrimskirkja. It has some of the best views of the city, even with the less than perfect weather. Inside the chapel a choir was practicing so we sat and listened for a bit before wandering over to the National Gallery (not to be confused with the National Museum which we visited on our first day). They had a really cool exhibit on waterfalls, but we weren’t allowed to take any pictures.

By that point the rain had mostly stopped so we made the 1.5 mile trekked out to The Pear, a geothermal water plant that supplies the city with hot water. It was very interesting, but by that point we were cold and tired so we took some pictures and headed back to our guesthouse for naps and hot showers before dinner.

For dinner we went to Þrír Frakkar (3 Brothers) because it is THE place to go if you want to try whale (which, of course, we did). We split a dish of smoked puffin for an appetizer. It was a lot like duck and very, very salty. Not my favorite. For diner we got whale steak and fish hash with brown bread (Icelandic specialty) and shared them. The whale was good. Extremely rare. It was barely seared and completely pink in the middle. It was very much like beef steak. But the fish hash was definitely the winning dish. Laura and I both agreed that it was the highlight of the day.


14 November 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Photography, Travel.


  1. thetalkinghangover replied:

    that smoke dpuffin looks like an octopus..?

    • Becca replied:

      That was just the way they presented it. It was actually just strips of smoked meat.

  2. Bill Chance replied:

    Nice shots – love the green bike stand/gate/whatever.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Becca replied:

      Glad you enjoyed them! It is a gate where they can close the street during busy hours.

  3. allesistgut replied:

    Nice photos. The food is so great in Iceland. I never expected that! But I’ve never before tried so fresh fish or delicious lamb.

    • Becca replied:

      Agreed! The food was incredible, especially the seafood.

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