Reykjavik in Red

When I told my friends that I was heading to Iceland, they thought I was in for some foggy, damp, cold adventure. Kinda like I’d be staying in a shack and sleeping next to a sheep for warmth. They’d heard of that-volcano-that-exploded and maybe assumed the capital city Reykjavik was just a town with a few huts or something. They were like “Liz, why are you going Bear Grylls on us?”

Well, my friends, you were all wrong. (Especially as I am the last person you’d expect to see drinking my own urine)

Reykjavik in Red | Maps of Pangea

Hip Reykjavik is the coolest city I’ve ever been to! Along with Iceland’s mad weather (At least in the UK if it’s raining, it’s raining… in Iceland it’s like oh what’s the weather going to be like? All of it? great!) it has to be the quirkiest city in Europe, along with winning all my awards for best coffee shops and restaurants (I was in heaven)

Reykjavik in Red | Maps of Pangea

On my first morning I left the hostel and was immediately slapped in the face with so. much. colour. Literally, as I was leaving, it was already super colourful… see photo below!

Reykjavik in Red | Maps of Pangea
Leaving the hostel

Seriously guys, it’s so colourful! I’m pretty sure this is partly why Icelanders are so happy, and that we should follow their lead everywhere else.

Looking back through my photos on my little walk through town, red is the colour that hits back most. It’s like living in Taylor Swift’s fourth album (No complaints from me).

Reykjavik in Red | Maps of Pangea

Reykjavik is full to the brim of coffee shops, quirky clothing stores (as well as about 50 billion Ice Wear’s), cool museums, and so much culture and history. If you’re going to Iceland just for it’s crazy nature and gorgeous scenery (I mean, a great reason to go to be honest), but haven’t given any thought to it’s capital city, I highly recommend you reserve a day just to explore Reykjavik (and drink as much coffee as possible). There’s a free walking tour, an abundance of museums and shops, a huge mountain right next door AND you can even do some boat activities like whale watching, so there really is something for everyone. It has so much to offer!

Plus… there’s so. much. colour.

Reykjavik in Red | Maps of Pangea

Reykjavik in Red | Maps of Pangea

Reykjavik in Red | Maps of Pangea

Reykjavik in Red | Maps of Pangea

So when I went to Iceland all my friends thought I would be roughing it in the woods/rain. That is NOT what I found in Reykjavik... I found the most colourful, interesting and hippest city I've ever been to in all my limited travels! (And it didn't even rain much)
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Liz Wilson

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