Finding Nature's Beauty in Reykjavik, Iceland
Every couple of months, my innate travel bug starts to twitch causing me to anxiously figure out where I should venture to next. I typically defer to warmer climates, although London has become something like my second home. I packed my bags and headed across the pond for a few days before heading to Reykjavik, Iceland. Yes, one of the coldest places, I've (so far) been to in my life. As a growing tourist destination, the city immediately grew on me for its natural beauty, friendly people, and of course delicious bakeries.
With only three days to spare, wandering the city with a population of just over 100,000 people, I started on one of its oldest streets - Laugavegur. Lined with restaurants, clothing stores, and dozens of souvenir shops, you can't help but wonder about the history behind Reykjavik. If you stay in the city center, similar to what I did, you'll see more by foot than car because everything has been built to accommodate locals and tourists.
I've never really been a fan of cinnamon rolls, however, after stumbling upon Braud and Co, I love them. Everything is made using local fresh ingredients and is served right out of the oven. The bakery makes an assort of goods including croissants, loaves of bread and more. If there's something I miss from this trip, it would be this bakery, including Sandholt, another local sit down bakery where you can grab a kaffi (aka coffee), a variety of pastries, sandwich, or simply warm up while checking your email.
Another well-known thing everyone must do in Reykjavik is experience the Northern Lights, which is a nature phenomenon called aurora borealis that takes place late at night starting around 10 p.m. depending on weather. You really have to travel at least an hour outside of the city to witness this jaw dropping event. Also, I should mention, you will not see the Northern Lights in its entirety by just looking at the pitch black sky. You should plan to have a really good DSLR and/or camera phone that takes amazing photos. After a million settings, you'll see hues of green, yellow, orange, purple and whatever else the sky creates.
Iceland truly is unlike anywhere I've visited. I would love to go back to experience the natural geysers and more springs similar to the Blue Lagoon which was surreal. Until then, I'll hold onto my memories.