iceland part one - reykjavík

8/13/2012

me in front of halgrims
heart ballon reykjavik

It's hard to believe that summer is almost over, in fact I almost refuse to accept it! In the next two weeks I'll be sharing the final photographs from my little summer voyage, starting with the beautiful Reykjavík. After the Faroe Islands we made our way toward Iceland (a sentence that I still can't believe I can say now). Donald and I were counting down the days until we would arrive, as it was the highlight of our trip by far. By the time we left the shores, we pondered how realistic it would be for us to live there. It's time to learn Icelandic!

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We did quite a lot on the first day; eventually ending the night as the midnight sun began to set. Simply walking around Reykjavík was incredible; seeing a floating heart balloon in the street, meeting another neighborhood cat, and conversing with the most charming people ever. They were strange (in the best way), incredibly nice, and said whatever they wanted to. Everything was full of vibrance.

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My favorite thing to see while traveling is architecture, followed closely by gardens and ocean views. Hallgrímskirkja was on my "must-see" list for years, and it was overwhelming to finally stand in front of it. The views from above were lovely, toy homes were all around and you could see volcanic landscapes far in the distance. It was very cold and windy (for me), so I made sure to wear my velvet dress.

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Donald and I ate so much food whilst in Reykjavík, we tried to sample as much as possible.

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We ate even more food (local candies, ice creams, coffees, pastries, Icelandic version of Mexican food ha) but the most shocking part- is that I ate my first hot dog in over nine years! I caved in and had to try what is considered to be "the best hot dog" by many. I may have to agree, since the flavors were so rich and sweet, but I promptly went back to my pescetarian status. After experiencing the beauty of the city, we left to explore the landscapes of the country, all to be seen in part two! Hope you all have a happy Monday x

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45 comments

  1. I've been anticipating your Icelandic adventures! I have the exact same photo of the mustache wall :) It was so incredibly amazing, I can't wait to go back someday soon x

    p.s we couldn't find that famous hotdog stand....worst tourists ever!!

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    1. It's such a cute wall in a great area. Donald and I want to go back for a week sometime, although we wish we could live there. Too bad I can't handle winters :( The hot dog stand has a few locations but the easiest to find was the one by the wharf. Figuring out those street names was pretty crazy so I can understand why you couldn't find it! x

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  2. Everything looks so gorgeous and delicious! I love the collar on your velvet dress, it makes me think of snowflakes, though I suppose that suits the chilly weather in the pictures just fine :)

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    1. You're right! The knitted collar reminded me of mittens and winter items, which is why I wore it there :) Thank you x

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  3. Gorgeous photos! I would love to visit! xx

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    1. Thank you. I think more people should visit Iceland (many already do) instead of the usual touristy places. It's so worth it x

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  4. Me too! So sad summers coming to an end :( Great photos!
    xx

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    1. Although I'm sad, I'm excited for Halloween - my favorite time of year!

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  5. I need one of those tie-tieing posters on my wall, I am hopeless!
    I'm also ridiculously jealous of your travels.
    Nice post :)

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    1. That would be a great poster, maybe it's on the internet somewhere? That would be cool. Aw, I hadn't been anywhere in two years before my summer vacation this summer. It felt long deserved after so many years of tedious school work and a boring job! Merci x

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  6. This looks like a beautiful place! In my head Iceland was always a place covered in ice (no matter how many times I heard it wasn't true), but now I've actually got a proper picture in my head of what Reykjavik looks like, at least. I'll never get sick of looking at those adorable houses with coloured rooves! I definitely want to visit one day, if only for those hot dogs alone.

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    1. You should visit, it's more interesting than a place like London (which is much too crowded for my tastes) and has so much natural beauty! The houses were so cute and so were all the shops (I literally could have bought everything). There's definitely ice (glaciers) in Iceland, but it's just in different areas. The summer time is probably the best time to go because it can get snowy and cold in the winter :o

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  7. The view looks spectacular and the houses certainly do look like toy ones! Love the sunglasses you're wearing.
    That's great that you met and spoke to the locals :) All I know is Bjork comes Iceland, so expected it to be weird in the best possible way!

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    1. Thanks Mariana! When I wore them in Iceland I knew that I would not stand out, since they wear such wacky clothes. They even complimented me on my outfit a few different times (a rarity) so I knew I belonged there haha. I love Bjork and listened to "All is Full of Love" a lot while I was there :)

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  8. Chanced upon your blog and enjoy reading it!

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  9. I just found your blog and I am amazed! Its beautiful! How I wish I could travell Reykjavik :)
    And your closet is just gorgeous.
    I´ll follow you now ;)

    Liebe Grüße!

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  10. wonderful! I love the dress you are wearing. pretty as always :)

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  11. That would be amazing if you and Donald lived in Iceland! The language is so pretty; I believe Sigur Rós is Icelandic and I've always loved their words. It looks like a lovely city (despite seeming difficult to pronounce!). You look beautiful in your velvet dress as well!

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    1. We wish! Every time I travel somewhere that I love, I am highly aware that I could never survive there (language, cost, cultural differences). Reykjavik (pronounced rey-ka-vick) was the first place that I felt I could actually live in and enjoy. Learning the language would obviously be important, but they know English quite well. Sigur Ros has been a favorite of mine for many years and they were a big reason why I wanted to visit Iceland in the first place :) Thank you for the kind words Emily!

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  12. Ohh that dress you're wearing is so cute! And Iceland have been on my to-go-list for years... that church really does look astonishing. And I love how 'cute' you captured Reykjavík. I'm looking forward to the next parts, glad you had such a great time!

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    1. Thanks Louise, the city was quite photogenic. I have hundreds of photos but obviously cut it down as to not over-do it!

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  13. how lovely!!! iceland is on my list of places to visit, in the photos it just looks so different and eerie! the architecture is indeed beautiful, Hallgrímskirkja is so weird haha. I'm glad you're back to sharing your trip's pics o/

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    1. Thanks Nana. I was busy the last week because my sister was staying at my house before her move to England. It's nice to get back to posting and finally sharing the last of my trip! :) Iceland is strange and so beautiful. Everything is so different there, like another planet sometimes!

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  14. This looks like the most amazing place. I'm a pescatarian too... for 24 years :-)

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    1. Oh my, that's my whole lifetime! I wish I would have started before I was 15 but I grew up in a Mexican family, and my dad was a butcher! Haha, I completely went the opposite route when I was an adolescent :)

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  15. oh, Reykjavík. i was there in autumn - which obviously was amazing, but it looks INCREDIBLE in summer. ahhhh it makes me want to go back. plus i really like all the pretty light leaks in your pictures :)

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    1. Autumn sounds pretty too, anytime would be gorgeous! I would love to go back too, but then again I really want to visit South America first :)

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  16. The pictures look great! I've always wanted to visit Iceland and Reykjavík, it has such a great creative vibe. Now I want to even more!

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    1. You should definitely keep it on your list, it is such a great experience. Everyone says that when they come back, and it's true. I felt like the happiest person by the time I left! x

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  17. awww I love your film-y photos! always looking so lovely, val!

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  18. ohhhh such beautiful photos! what an amazing place, i want to visit there so badly one day. i definitely would have tried all the food i could get my hands on if i were there too, haha.

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    1. Haha we probably gained 10 pounds there alone. I bought SO many chocolates and had multiple sit-down meals in one day. I found a mecca of Icelandic treats and I couldn't stop ordering their "swiss mochas" all around town. All the food was great and the seafood was soooo delicious. That and the fact that they were such unique people made me love Iceland even more! x

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  19. Oh wow, Valerie! I'm so jealous that you were there. It's such beautiful place. I dream to go there<3 This post is lovely, all those pictures and eveyrthing! I can feel like I was there <3 Well done!
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  20. your blog is wonderful! followed! i'm excited to see updates from you!

    such a pretty place too! i want to visit! photos are lovely.

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  21. I've always wanted to visit Iceland.

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    1. It's a great place to visit, and totally worth the effort (if you're coming from far away). It seems so isolated but once you're there you forget about the distance x

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  22. Hi Valerie! :-)
    I am glad you've stopped by my blog, so that I could find yours: it is truly beautiful!
    I am going to follow you via blogger, making sure that I will come here often from now on! :-)
    you are so lucky to have visited Iceland and the Faroe Islands: it is one of my dreams to go to both places actually -
    but I still haven't, despite the fact that I live in Northern Europe...

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    1. Hi Polly! I'm so glad you came here, I fell in love with your blog and appreciation for birds! I'm looking forward to becoming blog-pals! I had dreamt of going for many years (7-10) and finally decided it was time to put it on the list of must-do's, and stop prolonging it. I still haven't visited Finland - perhaps one day :)

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  23. Of course I always love pictures of food. Nom! The sushi and hot dog look delicious! I like how cats always appear throughout your travels. Haha! Today I saw a black cat from my window and realised I never really see them 'round these parts. Not many country cats around here for some reason.

    Anyway, really nice pics Val! :) xx

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