|Laugavegur Street, Reykjavik|
Day 15 & 16 - Reykjavik- Hot Dogs, Happy Hour, and Sunshine City
|Hot Dogs at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur. Notice the line behind them.|
Our day began with breakfast at our hostel followed by a walk around town. We were fortunate that our hostel was located right at the start of the popular shopping street Laugavegur. This street has gift shops, boutiques, cafes, bars, and many parts is for pedestrian traffic only. Our goal was to work down Laugavegur towards a popular hot dog cart - Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. The place is known as good bite, and consistently has a line of 5-25 people. I ordered two dogs with "the works". This included ketchup, mustard, friend and raw onion, and remoulade (sweet mayo dressing). They were delicious!
|Enjoying the sunshine and a mocha at Uno|
From there, we took a long, out-of-the-way walk back to the hostel. I wanted to walk through Hljómskálagarður - a town park and small lake within the city. It was such a beautiful day that walking outside was a perfect way to explore and get some Vitamin D.
Back at the hostel, we researched restaurants for our last Icelandic dinner. We settled on seeking out Snaps - rated by one magazine as "The Best Goddamn Restaurant". We also researched happy hour spots and found out that Apotek- a swanky restaurant and bar - had 1/2 off cocktails during happy hour. Sold!
|Dinner at Snaps|
Another 10 minute walk and we reached Apotek where we enjoyed gourmet cocktails in their comfortable and stylish lounge. Afterwards, we walked 5 minutes to Snaps. Word of caution - make reservations for Snaps. We hadn't thought of this, but we were informed they were entirely booked. Fortunately, there was room at the bar, so we all enjoyed a meal there after all. I felt the menu had a French influence and I enjoyed my mussels, fries, and house red wine.
After dinner it was time to return to the hostel and pack up. The next morning, we took an early FlyBus from our hostel to the airport. It was time to go home.
|Walking through Hljómskálagarður park.|
|The map we got from Iceland Unlimited with our highlighted route (pink) and interesting sites hand written in blue and green. What a help! Thanks Linda!!!|
|Farewell, Iceland. Thanks for the memories and magic! ~ Lindsey, Leanne, and Ali|