On our way back to Canada from Germany (back in June), the kids and I, along with my dad, did a quick stopover in Iceland. Initially we had planned to travel for two weeks but, after our rocky California trip, I thought it might be best to postpone a full island tour until Nicolas was a little older and sleeping better. That and we booked pretty last minute (how I usually roll) meaning anything even slightly affordable outside of Reykjavik was already booked. I honestly considered a camper van (I’m nothing if not an optimist when it comes to travelling with kids, ha!) but even I eventually realized that such close quarters might not be the best idea when there’s an 8-month-old finicky sleeper involved.
However, since we already had our flights to Iceland booked, we decided to at least stay a few nights and just base ourselves out of Reykjavik. We spent the first day exploring the city and, for the second day, rented a car and did our own version of the Golden Circle tour. And in those two short days, Iceland has completely stolen my heart. Absolutely worth the almost 2-hour wait for our luggage followed by the almost 2-hour trip to our AirBnB. Which included having to switch buses with our mountains of luggage (note to self: must learn the art of carry-on-only travel with kids) and a middle-of-the-night drop off in what looked like a super-sketchy (but turned out to be just a bit quirky) area of town.
Here are some photos from our first day exploring Reykjavik. It gets a bad rep for being a little boring but I honestly loved it. Probably for the exact reason why most people don’t find it too exciting – there isn’t much to do. Everything is within easy walking distance, there aren’t a lot of must-see tourist attractions (which is actually a good thing when you’re travelling with two littles), and the streets are relatively quiet. Plus we had amazing weather. Sunny and warm (for Iceland standards). We spent a few hours meandering around town, admiring the colourful houses, feeding the ducks, and watching boats at the waterfront. My kind of day!
The view from the top of the Hallgrimskirka is just breathtaking. Colourful rooftops with a backdrop of water and mountains – can it get much better than that?
How cute are these two in their matching Zezuzulla hats and jackets? Makes me excited for fall weather!
So many cute Icelandic houses. Love that little tulip roof!
Spent a good half hour feeding the ducks at Tjörnin Lake. To the point that every single duck, seagull, and bird left us again because they were so full. Lol.
Pusteblumen. Aka dandelions. Aka blowballs. (Is that actually what they’re called?) Isabelle’s favourite part of Iceland was, hands down, all the dandelions she found and could shake. (She hasn’t quite mastered the blowing.)
The Harpa Concert Hall. Such a stunning glass building.
Ice cream break! If you’re ever in Reykjavik, Valdis is a definite must.
Having fun along the Sculpture and Shore Walk. Dandelions might have been her absolute favourite part of Iceland, but jumping rocks was a close second.
Nicolas slept pretty much the entire time we were out. Over three hours! And this coming from a kid who never sleeps in the stroller. Jet lag for the win!
The sweetest little scene on our bus ride home.
Photos from our Golden Circle tour here!