12:30 ~ 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.
13:30 ~ 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/
15:00 ~ Check In at Sand Hotel and nap. We’ll be staying at our favorite boutique hotel with contemporary Scandinavian design in Reykjavik. The Sand Hotel is well-located in the heart of Reykjavik on the high-street, Laugavegur. Take the afternoon to rest and readjust to the new time zone.
16:30 ~ 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/
12:30 ~ Lunch at Sudur Restaurant in Vik. Have dinner at one of our favorite cottage restaurants in Iceland. This is country cuisine as good as it gets. After lunch we'll depart Vik returning west.
14:30 ~ Cake and live music at country home of Valborg Ólafsdóttir. Valborg and her husband are both musicians and moved to the countryside from the city with their children. Valborg has invited us into her idyllic home. She will make us cake and pour us coffee while she takes up the guitar and sings us her songs.
16:00 ~ Seljalandasfoss Waterfall. After music and cake we will visit this majestic waterfall which is most beautiful in the afternoon light.
18:00 ~ Check in at 360 Boutique Hotel. We’ll spend our last night at this family-run luxury hotel in the heart of the beautiful southern Icelandic countryside. We'll have access to a spa which includes a pool with warm geothermal water, a sauna and relaxing lounge with fire. https://360hotel.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"