Reykjavik: exploring the northernmost capital city in the world.
Days 1 and 2 were spent in Reykjavik, getting the lay of the land and exploring the city. I bought the Reykjavik City Card for 72 hours and it cost approximately $35. There are a lot of different places to buy the card and I will link to its information it at the end. It included unlimited rides on the city bus system, called Straeto, there’s a great app you can download that has Icelandic and English options. The bus is simple to use and they are fairly frequent and on time. They’re not like Swiss or German on time, but they’re not following the Italian model of scheduling either.
The city card also included free entry to several museums and galleries and discounted entry to other attractions and some restaurant discounts. None of the museums or galleries seemed huge or overwhelming - which is key if you are trying to visit a lot of them, have kids or impatient adults. I wish I had spent more time at the National Museum of Iceland because it had so many interesting artifacts and a lot of information. I visited it my first day though and I was running on fumes at that point I just wanted to lay on one of their benches and take a nap. They probably would not have liked that. I also visited the National Gallery and the Settlement Museum. The latter was interesting to me because it was subterranean and thus at the level where archaeologists unearthed the early settlements.
After I’ve posted all of my photos and recaps, I will do a full roundup of places I visited and ate, with links. Also coming, a marathon recap with packing light for a destination race, and my packing list and tips.