Iceland: Day 3 (Church Tower)

(From Saturday, May 26, 2012)

Despite looking forward to another delicious Icelandic breakflast of Skyr and granola, Sharon and I could not pull ourselves out of bed until 11! Checkout was at 12, so we quickly got our things together and vacated our room.  As with check-in, the front desk attendant graciously allowed us to keep our bags behind the desk so that we could explore the City Center without having to haul cumbersome luggage.

We wanted to explore the large church at the top of the hill (according to GoogleMaps there is an ice rink there, too?) so we looked for a café along the way.  We found one on Bankastræti right around the corner from our hotel, so we went there. It was only after ordering and sitting down that we discovered there was an overwhelming Christian theme about the place! Nevertheless, it was a warm atmosphere with Mumford & Sons playing, and the food was good, even though it did take a very long time for our food to arrive.

After breakfast, we strolled up Skólavörthustígur to the church. We paid 500 ISK (about $4 USD) to ride up the elevator to the eighth floor for a panoramic view of the city. Then we walked up one more floor to compare the views! I would have liked to have climbed the stairs from the ground floor, but the doors to the stairwells were locked. After a number of North, South, East, and West photos, we went back down the elevator and got back to our hotel with not a moment to spare! We picked up our luggage, boarded a Reykjavik Excursions FlyBus+ and headed out to the Keflavik International Airport.


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