The first time I went to Iceland I wanted to go the Harpa but never found my way over there, especially with the lack of time that I had while I was there. After we had finally finished our pastries and felt ready to conquer the elements again, we wandered over to the Harpa and it did not disappoint. This is a beautiful concert hall that is architecturally well built and with intricate details everywhere. Luckily they weren’t having an event when we showed up so we were able to walk right up to the building and get in. You can take the stairs up a few levels to see the city from different view and check out the coastline of Reykjavik.
While we were there, the weather was obviously not the best but with the gray skies and the lighting of the Harpa, it was absolutely beautiful in there. I wish that I could have been there to see an actual concert, but that will have to be on the next trip.
After we made our way through the concert hall, we made our way along the coast line. We could really only survive about 5 minutes walking along the coast line since there was so much wind and it was so cold. With the lack of buildings to protect us on either side, it was terrible trying to make our way through that area because it felt like the weather was attacking us to prevent us from seeing anything. At one point, we stopped to take a photo and I could not feel my fingers after that.
So finally, after giving up on the coast line, we walked back through the city and found ourselves at yet another coffee shop. With the crazy weather, the cold and the lack of sleep, our eating habits were definitely off. As I’ve shared before, I usually don’t rest the first day I’m in town so that I can really get used to the time zone and I don’t want to waste any time.
We stopped in an adorable coffee shop and ordered a snack. Obviously we had ulterior motives because we wanted to dry off our clothes (yet again) and warm up again.