Reykjavik is the ideal city for a young traveller to explore. Considered by some as the homeland of the hipster, Iceland's capital city is booming with everything young vagabonds love. Coffee shops, vintage clothing boutiques, quirky art, record stores, live music and vibrant hostels fill the eclectic city.
It's been a year already since I was enjoying nights out sipping coffee infused beer at local hostels and meeting new travellers en route to various impending adventures, but it feels like yesterday.
I remember spending the late hours of my last night in Reykjavik at the foot of my hostel bunk bed, peaking out the window at the passersby below. I watched them all carefully, imagining them reaching their prospective homes until eventually the streets were empty. The noise from live music and loud chatter across the street subsided. I was left alone, just me and the city, and I felt sad. I was leaving in the morning and I knew that meant this was the end of a chapter of my story. I was saying goodbye to the city, a new friend, who I had come to know and to grow fond of. I’d spent the last week watching people here as they met friends in cafes, drawing near windowsills, reading books, and listening to artists perform their new songs. It reminded me of how Hemingway had described Paris in its prime. A movable feast.
“If you’re lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you forever.”
Sometimes a city moves through life with you, free from the rules of time and space, transformed by the meaning of all that you experienced there. For now this city is to me what Paris was to Hemingway, a place I am sure to return to and a memory I will keep with me. When I do return next I'll be sure to revisit some of these favourite spots. Be sure you do too.
Café Babalú,skolavoroustigur 22, Reykjavik
"It reminded me of how Hemingway had described Paris in its prime. A movable feast"
The Laundromat Cafe Austurstræti 9, Reykjavík.
The Blue Lagoon, Grindavík, southwestern Iceland.
Take a break from bathing and be sure to check out the traditional Icelandic saunas.
Kex Hostel, Skúlagata 28, Reykjavík.
Hallgrímskirkja, Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavík.
Loft Hostel, Bankastræti 7a, Reykjavík.
While the city is well worth your time, the country though small has much to offer. Mystic landscapes are not lacking. Watch the video below to see more of what this magical place has to offer.
You can read more about our adventures in Iceland by searching 'Iceland' on the PLACES page.