We’re continuing our adventures in Iceland this week on Wanderlust Wednesday! After our flight, then searching for the Northern Lights until 2am, we enjoyed sleeping in a little bit the next morning! Walking around the picturesque town of Reykjavik was so much fun. Each store held unique Nordic gifts such as Icelandic chocolates, wool sweaters, and Christmas decor.
Iceland stays dark until late morning every day and gets dark by 4pm. To combat the dark days, the people of Iceland leave winter decorations up through the winter season. Similar to Christmas lights, these bright lights twinkle throughout town giving the nights a festive feel!
One of the must eat food items on my list were the hot dogs at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. Its a little hot dog stand on the outskirts of Reykjavik visited equally by locals & tourists including Bill Clinton, Metallica, & Anthony Bourdain. I know it sounds ridiculous to stand in a long line, in the cold, for a hot dog. Don’t we have the best ballpark hot dogs right here in America. These are different. They’re made mostly from Icelandic lamb, along with a bit of pork and beef. They are topped with raw white onions and crispy fried onions, ketchup, sweet brown mustard called pylsusinnep, and remoulade, a sauce made with mayo, capers, mustard, and herbs. I made the mistake of ordering one hot dog with just ketchup (how I normally get mine) and one hot dog with everything, just to try being adventurous. I immediately regretted wasting a hot dog not loaded with everything. The everything is SO GOOD! I mean so good as in I brought us back to get a second round the next day. So worth it!!!
We were so surprised to see how interested in American culture Iceland is. They had an American Bar that served hamburgers & blasted American pop music, Ben’s Gin Bar, and even a Chuck Norris Bar!
After a full afternoon of Icelandic shopping, we headed to find some dinner. Our first dinner in Iceland did not disappoint! We walked through the adorable town of Reykjavik to Sjavargrillid. The restaurant was full of unique Nordic design features. The most common dishes include some sort of fresh fish & come loaded with unique berries. Due to the harsh weather, Iceland cannot grow their crops outside. Instead they use the abundant geothermal energy to heat green houses. I couldn’t believe we were feasting on fresh blueberries on fish in January!
Check back next week to see our gorgeous hotel!