12:30 pm ~ Organ recital at Hallgrímskirkja Church. One of the tallest structures in the country at 244 feet high, this architectural icon has incredible acoustics. It houses a famously large pipe organ by the German organ builder Johannes Klais of Bonn. This Lutheran church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614–1674) and designed by Guðjón Samúelsson in 1937 to resemble the trap rocks, mountains and glaciers of Iceland's landscape. The house organist Björn Steinar Solbergsson will perform a short concert if Icelandic composers for us. After the concert we’ll take a lift up to the viewing deck and view Reykjavík and the surrounding mountains from this scenic observation tower.
1:30 pm ~ Lunch with Sverrir at Sæmundur í Sparifötunum. This gastro pub at the heart of KEX Hostel. Sæmundur serves food based on the Icelandic heritage with a complete focus on local ingredients coming from local producers and foragers. It comes out as honest, straightforward and a bit rough on the edges. http://www.kexhostel.is/
3:00 ~ Check In at Hotel Holt and nap.We’ll be staying in one of the oldest hotels in Iceland. The Holt Hotel is well-located in the heart of Reykjavik. Take the afternoon to rest and readjust to the new time zone. If you missed the morning culture walk with Sverrir there will be an opportunity to go after lunch.
4:30 pm ~ Check into Hotel Kría. We’re staying two nights in a new hotel in the country village of Vik. This evening we can relax amongst the sublime nature that surrounds us and enjoy a true Icelandic experience in the countryside. If we're lucky we'll see an Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). https://www.hotelkria.is/
Created with images by Sage Lewis, Brooks Walker, and René Goiffon. Lachlan Gowen - "Hallgrimskirkja" • Hans - "geyser strokkur geyser strokkur" • smaus - "gullfoss waterfall river" • redcharlie - "untitled image"