I decided to wander Reykjavik after my little adventure at the Blue Lagoon. I was in dire need of food, I only had one afternoon free to get to see the city and so I decided that I needed to take full advantage of it. I walked from my hotel to downtown Reykjavik with only one thing in mind. Find an Icelandic hot dog.
The walk to downtown from my hotel was only about 10 minutes, but I had no idea where I was going so there was a lot of aimless wandering as I finally found my way into downtown. It’s a quaint city with lots of character, and it’s right along the coast. You can go to the harbor and take whale tours or even eat at some of the restaurants over looking the coast and mountains.
I walked the city for about 2 hours just stopping and taking in the sites. When I’m in Seattle, I walk with my headphones in. I lose myself in the music and just walk without much thought. I seem to ignore the city around me because i know it so well. When I’m in new cities, it’s like a security blanket for me. I can look like I know what I’m doing by putting in my headphones and walking with a purpose.
For Reykjavik, I decided that I needed to take in the city both visually and through sound. I kept my headphones in my purse and just listened as I walked through the city. I listened to conversations even if I didn’t understand them, I listened to laughter, the sound of cars, the wind and took in the city the best I could.
When I finally decided I was ready to eat, I found a cute little hot dog stand and ordered a classic Icelandic hot dog. Their hot dogs have lamb, pork and beef and are topped with onions, a sweet brown mustard and mayo that has a hint of capers and herbs. It was…. delicious. Actually, it was better than delicious. I sat outside of the stand in a plaza and watched kids skateboard as I ate my food. The couple that ordered their hot dog after me walked out of the stand and gave me a thumbs up as they finished off the last bite of their hot dog. It was the perfect first dinner in Reykjavik.
Reykjavik is definitely a place that everyone should visit.