We were hoping to do some independent driving around today but Iceland's weather had other plans! We woke up to pouring rain, fog, and very strong winds. We enjoyed a leisurely morning at the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica before heading into Reykjavik.
We decided to go souvenir shopping even though we knew we were going to get completely soaked thanks to the rain. Some of our favorites were Brennin (alcohol), Rhubarb (alcohol), Icelandic Sea Salt, Glass Coasters, Jams (my fav being Rhubarb with vanilla), and of course Lava Rocks. The biggest disappointment is the fact that you can find plenty of photographs online of the Northern Lights in Iceland however you can't buy a good photograph in Iceland. We went to at least 5 different stores and each store carried the same photographs by the same photographer. In addition to this they were over priced for a mediocre print.
The highlight of our day was lunch!! We walked over to Baejarins Beztu Pylsur for Hot Dogs! I think you either love these hot dogs or don't see the point to them. We loved them! You have a layer of flavors and textures. From bottom to top you have a soft bun, ketchup, fried onions, a traditional hot dog, a mayonnaise sauce, a mustard sauce, and raw onions. Perfection!!!
After lunch we drove to the airport for our flight home. What a difference a day can make. We didn't really recognize the ride to the airport. Today everything was wet, dark, and coastal. When we drove out everything looked like an ice tundra.
We checked in for our flight, dropped off our bags, and called home for a quick chat. We made our way through security and immigrations. We boarded our flight (which is more like a cattle call due to everyone being let on at once), enjoyed a movie and a bottle of water and were home before we knew it.
We really loved seeing Iceland even though it was just for the weekend. Both Greg and I are dying to go back in the warmer months to see the vast difference in appearance. A trip to Iceland is highly recommended from us!