On the second day of our Iceland adventure, we woke up and had breakfast at the hostel and then set off to go sightseeing in Reykjavik. Our first stop was Hallgrímskirkja Church, which is the tallest and largest church in Iceland. The exterior of the church is often compared to a volcano or glacier. The church also features a huge organ that was built in Germany. There is also an elevator that takes you up to an observation tower with great views of Reykjavik. There is a suggest donation of 100 kr for admission and an admission fee of 500 kr (~$4)to ride up to the observation tower.
Organ inside Hallgrímskirkja Church
Since it was snowing/raining, we spent most of the morning walking into some of the local shops and visiting the tourism office to set up some excursions. For lunch, we went to Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, a hot dog stand that claims to serve the “best hot dogs in Europe”. Apparently, Bill Clinton has eaten at this hot dog stand where hot dogs cost about 300 kr. The hot dogs were good, but it was simply a hot dog to me. The only seating at this hot dog stand is a picnic table, so we stood in the rain and ate our hot dogs, which were nice and warm!
Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur hot dog stand
In the afternoon, we went horseback riding on Icelandic horses through lava fields. Icelandic horses are smaller like ponies and have their own unique gait and canter. We went on the lava tour with Ishestar which lasted 3 hours and cost 59 euros. They picked us up from a hotel in downtown Reykjavik and drove us out to their riding center and the three of us were able to go on a private excursion through lava fields. It was a great excursion although we didn’t pick the best day for it since it was slightly raining and very windy, but the riding center offered very warm jumpsuits and gear. They also offered yummy warm tea and coffee and snacks in their inn afterwards which was wonderful.
Lava Tour through Ishestar
After returning to the hostel to shower and clean up, we went out to Saegreifinn for dinner. I think this was my favorite meal in Iceland. We all had their delicious lobster stew and a seafood kebab. I had the scallop kebab which was delicious and I loved, loved, loved the lobster stew. There are times when I still crave that lobster stew. The lobster stew was about 750 kr (~$6) and the scallop kebab was 1900 kr (~$15), which I thought was a bargain for such a delicious meal. For more adventurous eaters, they also serve whale kebabs.
Lobster stew at Saegreifinn
Scallop Kebab at Saegreifinn
It was a wonderful end to another great day in Iceland!