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Europe 2012: Day 03 (Iceland 03): Oct 20

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Late start for me as Karen and Michelle went to go pick up Hannah from the airport. 😛 After Hannah got settled and napped for a bit, we headed out to explore Reykjavik. First stop: Kringlan. A mall. Hah, to grab some ISK and a SIM card for emergencies. Everything so far seems very expensive…

Next: ‘The Pearl’ or, Perlan to take some photos and look at the view. Inside also held ‘The Saga Museum’ that explains the Icelandic sagas and history… we did not go in. 😛

Back into the downtown, we visited the Harpa Concert Hall, very cool looking building. Close to our next destination, the Kolaportið Flea Market and the Bæjarins Beztu hot dog stand. Surprisingly good hot dogs, but not very filling, should have got more. The condiments really made the hot dog great. The flea market… was not for me. haha. They also have street washroom closets, that you must pay for… interesting. Quickly moving on, we head into the streets and browse the various shops and try to do some souvenir shopping.

Apparently, there was a scavenger hunt going on within a college or something where several groups of 5 guys go around and take pictures of themselves doing something. And one of them seemed to be, lift a tourist… haha. The first group, wearing pink, seemed to be following us through the city. As we went to take a look at ‘The Hallgrímskirkja’ church which was very close to our hostel and across from Kaffi Loki. Beautiful building. Upstairs, showing the landscape of the city. Quite different from what you would expect to see in Toronto for sure. Off towards another spot, The Sun Voyager (Icelandic: Sólfar).

And finally, dinner. Hofnin. Very good meal, stuffed. I got the set menu of Shellfish Soup (Skelfisksüpa), Grilled Lamb Prime, and Spiced Carrot Cake (Gulrót). Yum… and back to Harpa for some night shots of their crazy building and then back to Kaffi Loki for some dessert 😛

Tomorrow, starting Golden Circle heading south.

A sculpture outside of the Perlan, Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrímskirkja, Sólfar

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