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.
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.
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!
On to Gulfoss....