reykjavik + whale watching // iceland

We spent our first day in Iceland exploring the town of Reykjavik. The view of the city in the picture above was taken from the tower of the city’s Cathedral. It was spectacular. We could see the mountains in the distance, even the fog and rain, and I love how colorful the roofs of all the houses are. We had a great time strolling the quaint streets, stopping to see the birds in the local ponds and enjoying all the window shopping — can you say hello wool!? Unfortunately, my hunt for a wool cape was a fail, but mostly because we didn’t have enough time to shop. On our third morning, we rose bright and early for some whale watching. We were lucky enough to spot Minke Whale, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises, not to mention a few dozen of the famed puffins. It was quite an eventful morning! Since I refuse to support the whaling industry, there was no dining on these delicacies, instead we decided to celebrate their beauty in their natural habitat. But just wait until you see what they made us wear on the boat!

metal sculpture Reykjavik

[so who’s ready for a swim in the bering sea? believe it or not, these provided warmth during the windy, freezing three-hour boat ride, not for survival in the event that we fell overboard!]

Minke Whale while watching in Iceland

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  • Reply Dave Ungrady June 13, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Very cool….interesting how gloomy the skies are…was if like that the entire time?

    • Reply reallyrisa June 21, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Well, it was raining. But they do see blue sky when it’s sunny.

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