If you’ve ever wanted to spend $9 on a small cucumber, Reykjavik is the place to go. Of course, growing cucumbers in a place that barely gets about 15 degrees Celsius is never going to be easy, and you pay for it. You can have dried cod, puffin steaks and even minke whale steak (if you have no conscience), but the best things about Iceland are not the food, but the quirky museums, the architecture and the music.

No building is more impressive than Harpa. As a former recording engineer I was suitably blown away by the auditoriums we saw on the behind-the-scenes tour (well worth it).

Harpa main auditorium 1 Reykjavik
The main auditorium in Harpa is simply stunning with amazing acoustics
Harpa windows and ceiling Reykjavik
The windows and ceiling are unique in Harpa and as you walk around your perspective changes

Apart from Bjork, Reykjavik is most famous for the Hallgrimskirkja cathedral, which is outstanding in a different way.

Hallgrimskirkja Reykjavik

The cathedral is even more visually arresting on the inside than it is on the outside

Hallgrimskirkja ceiling Reykjavik

You can purchase a ticket which allows you multiple access to the city’s art galleries such as the Asmundur Sveinsson.

Asmundur Sveinsson Sculture Museum 6 Reykjavik

There’s a multitude of interesting shops in town, and a few odd characters.

The viking Reykjavik

And if you’re super curious about the bits you either have or don’t have, you can go here:

Penis museum Reykjavik

We ended up at an awesome jazz gig at Kex bar, which is also a hostel.

Reykjavik was in stark contrast to our previous 5 days which were mainly spent in the wilderness, but it endeared itself to us. I could definitely live in Iceland if it wasn’t so chilly!

What you need to know

It’s not that cheap to go to Iceland. Whatever you think you’re going to spend, add 50% (especially if you want to buy vegetables).

We used AirBNB to find a place to stay.

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