Reykjavik, Iceland - #AtoZtravel

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Reykjavík (pronounced rei-ca-vik) is the capital of Iceland and the world's most northern capital of a sovereign state. This means that during the peak of summer it's light almost all of the time, and in winter there are very few daylight hours.

From what I've read, summer is most definitely the favourite season of the local population, however a few years ago I was drawn to Iceland in the winter time - so I could overload in the Christmas lights, thermal pools and twilight skies.

From the moment I got on the plane I knew it was going to be a great trip...

Iceland Air aeroplane seat headrest
Iceland Air aeroplane seat headrest

As well as having a great sense of humour Icelanders also have very warm hearts. Tjörnin lake in the centre of the city, aka 'The Pond' was mostly frozen while I was visiting in December - apart from this small section where hot water was being pumped onto the ice to keep the ducks warm...

Tjörnin lake - Reykjavik, Iceland
Tjörnin lake - Reykjavik, Iceland - December 2012

One of the bonuses of living in Iceland and Reykjavik? Free energy. Yep, that's right. More than 25% of Iceland’s electricity is produced from geothermal energy and almost all homes in Iceland get their heating from hot water out of the ground.

Iceland is the world’s largest green energy producer per capita...

Iceland's famous Blue Lagoon - a geothermal spa just outside of Reykjavik
Iceland's famous Blue Lagoon - a geothermal spa just outside of Reykjavik

Did we go for a soak in the Blue Lagoon? Why of course we did.

Reykjavik from the top of Hallgrímskirkja (the church of Iceland)
Reykjavik from the top of Hallgrímskirkja (the church of Iceland)

Hallgrímskirkja (the church of Iceland)
Hallgrímskirkja (the church of Iceland)

Eating in Reykjavik was certainly interesting too - two of the specialities being smoked lamb and smoked puffin. Lamb certainly seemed popular and sheep heads featured in several restaurant images...

Eating out in Reykjavik, Iceland

My favourite part? The beautiful candle-lit Christmas lights that glowed in all the windows as the sun set in late afternoon. Just gorgeous...

Christmas lights - Reykjavik, Iceland
Christmas lights - Reykjavik, Iceland

And the amazing twilight sunsets as well. This photo was taken at about 4pm. I just love the colours!


This November I'm blogging every day in a A to Z travel challenge, where I'll share some of the amazing but more obscure places I've travelled to in the world as I make my way through the alphabet. 

If you'd like to join me on this travel blogging challenge please do. I'd love to hear about some of your favourite travel destinations. Tweet using #AtoZtravel and I'll retweet you, or just share your posts in my comment feed. Enjoy and Happy #AtoZtravel November!
Also - I'm entered in the travel category of the 2015 UK Blog Awards. If you enjoy reading somewhere... beyond the sea then I would love you to vote for me. It's pretty easy - just click on this link. Happy travels!

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8 comments

  1. Now you got me jealous - I've always wanted to visit Iceland... But I just don't succeed to convince the husband... :-(

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    1. Well Iceland is not going anywhere... keep working on your husband :)

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  2. I just love the winter sunsets in Iceland, the colors are amazing!

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    1. Aren't they! I've never seen skies so pink!

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  3. I loved Reykjavik! Such a vibrant little city!

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    1. Yep, I love cites that you can get around on foot. There are so many spots to check out.

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  4. Did you see any Northern Lights? We went almost two years ago to Reykjavik and fell in love! Now I need a trip back in the summer to see the other face of the country

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    1. Me too, I'd live to go in summer. We didn't see the Northern lights, opted for the blue lagoon a few times instead. I'm hoping to get to Lapland next year to see the Northern lights there.

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