Back to the travel pics! We spent our next day and a half in Iceland checking out the offerings in town in Reykjavik. Took more photos of Hallsgrimskirja... this time of the exterior at sundown. I found my iPhone pics often turned out better than the camera ones, so as usual, there are many phone snapshots mixed in here.
We wandered the main shopping and eating areas, which were all really close to where we stayed.
Shops and life in general, seemed to be a nicely edited version of life elsewhere, or at least mine! There is no crap, no cheapy things that are almost instantly disposable, just a carefully curated selection of things. Yes, there were multiple souvenir shops, but those are obvious. As more visitors have been going to Iceland over the past few years, tourism has expanded but it seems to me to be a fairly new business. You never felt like you were being ripped off and sucked into a tourist trap, which was really nice. We got the feeling we were visiting the same haunts as the locals.
This is the street we stayed on -- Grettisgata.
I enjoyed my pancakes -- they were perfectly cooked and the coffee was excellent. Pancakes and bacon on the menu is perfect for this non-egg eater.
and a nice dinner including a traditional meat soup.
Then we scampered home in the lashing rain for the night. We had to make sure to be rested for the long tour the next day!