I’ve posted before about the time I’ll be spending in Reykjavik, the capital city, at the beginning of my trip to Iceland this June. See Countdown to Iceland! I have also posted about the day trips I’ll be taking to the countryside in Iceland. See Day trips I’m planning to do in IcelandIceland’s South Coast by day tripAnother decision today

Now I’ve added some things I’ll be doing in the city.

On my second day I’ll be taking a boat trip out into the harbor to an island colonized by puffins, which I’ve posted about before in Day trips I’m planning to do in Iceland. When I signed up for the boat trip, I also tacked on an admission to the Whales of Iceland museum, which I really didn’t know anything about.

But lately, in looking at other blogs about things to do in Reykjavik, I’ve discovered that the whale museum looks really good. I.ll go there after the boat trip, since they’re both located in the Old Harbor area.

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Whales of Iceland. The museum starts out with the smallest whales. Image by https://icelandwithkids.com/2016/07/10/friday-july-8-update-saga-museum-and-whales-of-iceland/

Turn the corner, and you find the big whales!

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Whales of Iceland. Image by https://icelandwithkids.com/2016/07/10/friday-july-8-update-saga-museum-and-whales-of-iceland/

The other museum I’ll go to that second day, also in the Old Harbor area, is the Saga Museum.

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The Saga Museum. Image by https://icelandwithkids.com/2016/07/10/friday-july-8-update-saga-museum-and-whales-of-iceland/
The Saga Museum. Image by https://icelandwithkids.com/2016/07/10/friday-july-8-update-saga-museum-and-whales-of-iceland/

One of the main reasons I’m going to Iceland is because of my interest in the Vikings and the Icelandic family sagas that were written about the settlement and early years of Iceland from about 870 to 1000 C.E. So the Saga Museum is definitely on my itinerary.

I had posted earlier about the fact that I want to see Harpa, the amazing waterside concert hall and convention center. Now it turns out that I’ll actually be going to a two-person comedy show there on my last night in Iceland, called “Icelandic Sagas: the Greatest Hits.” It’s supposed to be really good, so I’m looking forward to that, too.

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Harpa. Image by Sonar Reykjavik.
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Inside Harpa. Image by https://www.beerandcroissants.com/self-guided-walking-tour-reykjavik/

I think now that all my pre-planned activities, as well as my lodging, for my Iceland trip are in the bag. Of course, I’ll also have to find some (outrageously expensive) food to eat there. I’m hoping that I will like the lamb hot dogs that are so popular there, because apparently they are everywhere and are relatively cheap, too.

I’ll also be going to the Bonus supermarket that is close to my hostel on my first day to stock up on some food I can keep at the hostel. I definitely want to get some Icelandic skyr, which is supposed to have the texture of Greek yogurt, but with a milder flavor.

I know that at least one of my day trips involves a stop at a cafe, and another trip includes a home-cooked dinner with an Icelandic family in a small town. But mostly I don’t think I’ll be hitting any restaurants, except maybe the ones that offer a hearty soup-and-bread bargain meal.

I’m hoping to have enough time to just wander around Reykjavik’s colorful center city streets. Even with my day trips and museum stops, if I’m not too tired, there will be plenty of midnight sun almost all night to keep the streets bright enough for strolling and enjoying everything! 🙂

A building with amazing murals in Reykjavik. Image by https://www.beerandcroissants.com/

There’s also the Solfar Sun Voyager sculpture down by the water that I hope to see.

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Solfar Sun Voyager. Image by https://www.beerandcroissants.com/