Visited – July 2018
Ship – Marella Discovery
Itinerary – Fire and Ice (Iceland, Norway, Scotland)
It was cooooold in Reykjavik when I visited in July 2018 but it did not spoil this amazing city. I was there for one day and took the shuttle bus from the port to explore on my own in the morning and in the afternoon took a ship booked shore excursion to the Blue Lagoon.
A morning under my own steam in Reykjavik
The port is a couple of miles out of the centre of town so I took the paid shuttle bus which dropped off at the Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre – tickets can be purchased in the tourist office at the port. I walked up the hill to see the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church and came back down to the main shopping street of Laugavegur. As well as poking around in the shops, I really enjoyed all the street art in this area. Then, as it was freezing, I queued up for a table at an amazing bakery, Sandholt, for a bit of Icelandic coffee culture, to warm me up. That was all I had time for in a morning but it gave me a flavour of the city.
Shore excursion – Bathing in the Blue Lagoon
After returning by shuttle bus to the port, I joined a ship organised shore excursion that afternoon to the Blue Lagoon. It was pricey at £94pp, but it would have been hard to organise to get there and back independently in the time we were in port. The bus was actually late back due to traffic and because we were on an official excursion they held the ship for us. I will be writing a separate post on the Blue Lagoon as it was AMAZING! The time allowed, 3.5 hours incl travelling, was not nearly enough to relax there, and I think due to a boom in tourism, it was very busy and a bit chaotic. That having been said, I can’t recommend it enough. The site is otherworldly, the water steamy warm and there is plenty of space to spread out in the lagoon itself. It seems impossible to take a bad picture of the place so great for insta envy afterwards.
Worth a visit?
Yes, yes, yes. Reykjavik was great, I want to go back and see more. It was cold, but its Iceland. The city was friendly and interesting and the Blue Lagoon was well worth the money and the touristy chaos that went with it.