22.05.2016 - 22.05.2016 52 °F
Well now we know why most businesses in Reykjavik are either open really late or are closed on Sundays. The "oonce, oonce, oonce" beats were going well into the early morning hours today. I guess when you oonce until almost 5am, you're not in a hurry to get to the grocery store or the mall. Regardless, this was our last morning in Iceland so we wanted to fit in a few more things before heading to the airport. After a quick hotel breakfast we headed to Reykjavik Roasters. We read about this coffee shop in several travel articles, claiming it to be the best in Iceland. It has won several awards and been recognized throughout Europe. Tim was very pleased with his Kaffi Latte.
After the roasters we headed out to see the lighthouse at the edge of the city. Though access to the lighthouse was closed off due to bird breeding grounds, we explored the beautiful beach area. It was very peaceful and almost felt like we were back in the Icelandic countryside. I can see why many people from the city come out there to walk/bike and get away from the noise. It was also a great place for bird watchers.
We hopped back in the car and decided to take the scenic route towards the airport through Heiðmörk, a conservation park located 30 minutes outside of the city. It was a pretty drive, though most of the landscape was just starting to bloom. I imagine it is much more beautiful during summer months.
The road through the park dropped us off by the town of Hafnarfjörður, which is the third most populated city in the country. Located there is the "famous" Viking Hotel & Restaurant, so we planned to stop there for lunch. Unfortunately the restaurant only opens in the evening. The woman working the front desk recommended a restaurant a block away, so we looked at the interesting viking artwork around the hotel and made our way over to Von Mathús restaurant. They were in the middle of a Sunday brunch buffet, but the selections were more unique and local than what we've experienced so far so figured it would be a fitting last meal in Iceland. Cream of celery soup, fish pie, brazed lamb shank, and so on. Tim really enjoyed the soup even though he's not a fan of celery, and many of the selections were quite tasty. There was also several desserts, one of which tasted like a sweet cream cheese with black sugar rocks.
While in Hafnarfjörður, we made a quick stop at Bonus grocery store to pick up various Icelandic candies to take home. Luckily the store was open by that point and all the ooncers were able to make it into work. The Keflavik airport is located 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik, so we hit the highway as our Icelandic adventure was coming to a close. We've noticed the street lights in Iceland are the opposite of the US. Red....Yellow....Green. I guess the yellow is to warn you the light is about to turn green? At the airport we made a point to stop in the Duty Free store at the airport. Julie had read about a delicious handcrafted Icelandic vodka called Reyka, and Habba had recommended it to us as well, so we wanted to pick up a bottle to take home. We were delighted to see that we were flying home in Icelandair's Hekla Aurora plane, their main plane in the fleet. A perfect end to a perfect trip.
We loved our time in Iceland and look forward to going back to explore the northern part of the country, as well as the Westfjords. Every day was a unique adventure, and would recommend to anyone who has the opportunity to visit Iceland not to hesitate. Until our next adventure...