Iceland ...gina's been there

We left Toronto at 5 pm February 11 and arrived in Reykjavik at 5:30 am February 12. Too early to check in and too early to see or do much of anything. Lucky for us, there was one cafe open... Sandholt. I didn't know pastries this fresh existed-- and the Swiss mocha was unlike any chocolate I'd ever tasted. No photos of the establishment, but I had to get a shot of my first Icelandic receipt!

There was a good amount of street wondering after that.

This is Laugavegur aka the the street our hotel was on and the main shopping street.

We stayed at the CenterHotel Skjaldbreid, and after we decided to sit in front of the front desk until our room was ready, we were informed 10 minutes later that they had something available!! ...Coincidence, I think not. The time zone change was a bit much for one of us, so I just creepily watched him sleep for an hour or two.

The next day, we did a little sightseeing of downtown and planned out the next few days.

In front of Hallgrímskirkja church. You can go up to the top of the tower and get an amazing view of the city, but the line was outrageous.
The organ inside the cathedral (a little over 49 feet).
No trip to Iceland is complete without a picture with a viking.

Aside from all this, there was lot of good food. The food is so fresh. It was definitely among the top 3 best parts of the trip. I will make sure to keep track of names in the future, but we didn't experience one bad restaurant-- even Chuck Norris Grill was good!

The next day was our tour of the Golden Circle. We visited Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, and Thingvellir.

First stop, Geysir. Well, actually a tomato farm. Slightly unrelated added tour, but there, we learned about Icelandic horses. They take great pride in them, and apparently, if one leaves the island, it can never return due to possible contamination.

Did you know the first geyser was found in Iceland? It's an Icelandic word, and all other geysers were name after it!

Mini geysers on our way to see Strokkur.
Strokkur. Please don't judge me for being too hungry to take a picture with my DSLR. Camera phones don't do too bad.

On to Gulfoss....

How do you choose a favorite child? They may look similar, but I couldn't choose just one to post. (Just tap to enlarge.)
He's always giving me the side eye for my enthusiasm.
My phone's camera seems to intensify everything!

Lastly, Thingvellir or √ěingvellir National Park.

There was sooo much rain. His coat smelled like wet dog for 2 days.

The next day was Valentines Day, and we didn't take but one photo. Sadly, it wasn't until after dinner and a few drinks.

Before we left, I made sure to capture our V-Day dinner and favorite Latin food spot, Burro. The duck tacos are amazing! And while I'm not a big ceviche lover, it was better than the ceviche I had in Peru. (Sorry Peru.)

I'll wrap it up. After that, there was a lot of down time in the hotel, ducking the rain. But overall, it was a great experience, and I feel extremely lucky that he thought enough of me to want to share this Icelandic adventure together. :-)

I forgot to mention Icelandic Schnapps (as seen here). It was pretty gross, but we finished a good amount, nonetheless!

~G

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