Reykjavik was the starting and ending point of our Iceland trip. It’s the capital of Iceland, with two thirds of the population living there. We didn’t get the opportunity to visit the city at the start of the trip, since we landed late at night and set off early the morning after to go to the Golden Circle and then the Westfjords. On the way back from the Westfjords we did a bit of a tour of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, and stopped at some of Iceland’s most iconic landmarks and points of interest. These included the Snæfellsjökull volcano, the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, the Gerðuberg basalt columns and the black church Budir. We then got to spend a day in Reykjavik, exploring all the must see places in the city.
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula
The journey back from the Westfjords took two days, we drove for most of it but also took a ferry. We did a lot of stops along the way in the Snæfellsnes peninsula, one of which was the famous black church Budir. It is one of Iceland’s most iconic landmarks, and most popular wedding locations. The church is located close to a beach, with nothing else around it. In the distance you can see the profiles of the high cliff edges, and it’s easy to see how it would make for a beautiful wedding location!
Our next stop was Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. The drive up to the waterfall is very scenic, with the waterfall on one side and the Kirkjufell mountain on the other. The parking lot close to Kirkjufellsfoss is very small, so we had to park further up the road and then walk back down to the waterfall. It’s quite a small waterfall, especially when compared to some of the others I had seen on this trip like Dynjandi and Gullfoss which were huge, and made you feel small when standing next to them. Kirkjufellsfoss is relatively small, but impressive nonetheless because of the scenery around it.
The stops in the Snæfellsnes peninsula which I enjoyed the most were the walks on the black beaches and along the coast. The beaches in this part of Iceland are usually black, due to past volcanic activity and presence of lava. The curious rock formations along the beach are also given by that. We walked for a good 45 minutes along the coast, admiring the cliffs and rock formations, that have become like that due to the wind and sea erosion over time. The steep cliffs are now home to many seagulls and other sea birds, that you can hear flying around during your walk. We were especially lucky as it was a sunny and warm day, so walking along the coast was very pleasant. The weather in Iceland however is very variable, so you want to make sure you pack appropriately, you can check out my packing tips for Iceland here.
We arrived in Reykjavik in the afternoon of our penultimate day, so we got to spend 24 hours in the city before setting off after lunch the next day. In this time I toured around the city as much as possible, seeing all the main highlights and must-sees of the city. We visited the Perlan, from which there was a beautiful 360° view all over the rooftops of Reykjavik. Walking around the city you can see the stereotypical coloured houses, dotted here and there by small shops or restaurants. I had dinner at a place called Svarta Kaffid, which claims to be the best soup in Reykjavik, and it really was awesome! They only serve two soups, a vegetarian one and a meat one, and it comes in a bowl made of bread, which you can then also eat. There was a bit of a queue when I arrived but it goes by quickly, I highly recommend it.
The last few days in Iceland were very exciting, both because of the beauty of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, but also the excitement to be back in a city (I was born and raised a city girl, while I love nature after a while I feel the need to be amongst people and buildings)! Reykjavik was a fun city to explore, even if just for a day, and I’d love to spend more time there next time. Make sure to check out the video for the full footage of the things I’ve described here, and some awesome drone shots over the Kirkjuellsfoss waterfall. What do you think? Have you been to Reykjavik and Snæfellsnes? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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