After seeing the Northern Lights at 6pm yesterday, we came back to our apartment, dropped off all of the gear, and headed out to hit some of the local bars that we’ve been meaning to get to for the last few days. We ran into a friend we made on the bus during the Golden Circle tour, and stayed up too late, drank too much, and I managed to get in hot dogs number 6 and 7 of this trip.
The local bars are awesome. People get started late and know how to party here. The bars don’t close until 4am in most cases, and by about 1am the streets are rowdy. We had White Russians at the Lebowski Bar and AMAZING beer at Kaldi (the local Icelandic brewery).
And all of that drinking, and late night hot dogs, led to sleeping in. Since it’s dark here until almost the afternoon, it’s easy to do. So we start Day 5 around 1pm at brunch.
Brunch at Vegamot – all of the pickled, smoked, salty food is starting to get to everyone. So for today’s first meal we’re going to get some American food.
Beef Carpaccio Pizza
Good old burger and fries. Not pictured, Amy’s chicken fingers, because…they’re chicken fingers.
Next stop – Harpa Music Hall
While exploring the hall, we stumbled upon a farmers market! So many samples.
We continued to find more hidden people as we walked around the city.
Candied almonds cooked right on the street. Probably much healthier than the LA Hot Dogs cooked on the street.
Time to get weird. Pickled shark meat with dried cod and butter.
After the pickled shark, a drink of Brennevin is traditional, and it helps the taste.
And for dinner, Þrír frakkar (3 Frakkar)
We are here to get weird. Items are labeled in the photo; smoked puffin, fin whale sushi, salmon sushi with caviar, and mushroom soup. The soup was just in case we needed something normal to wash down the rest of the options. The whale, I think we all agreed, was delicious. The puffin was fine, but likely not something we would crave. And mushroom soup seems to be a thing here. It’s been great at 2 different restaurants.
Guillemot seabird breast with potatoes and yogurt.
And finally a baked cod fillet with daikon, carrots, and potatoes in a mustard sauce. The cod is also incredible everywhere in Reykjavik.
Surprisingly, even after sleeping in, we were all pretty tired at the end of the day, and we bought too many beers earlier in the week, so we adjourned to our apartment to finish beers and play a few games of Monopoly Deal. I’m yet to win, and since this is our last night, it isn’t looking good.