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  • Iceland 2016 - Day 6 - Back to Reykjavík

    Biking along the sæbraut

    It was overcast the next morning in Reykjavík, but that didn't stop us from renting bikes and biking to the dock to catch a ferry to Viðey Island (Videy). 

    Skarfabakki Harbour (Viðey Island at the back)

    It was only a few minutes ferry ride to the island, and we clumsily took our bikes with us to the island since we could not ditch them at the dock. 

    As we approached the island, the clouds got a little darker, but that didn't stop us from exploring the island. Viðey island is known for the Yoko Ono's "Imagine Peace Tower" inspired by John Lennon's song. From October to December, the tower lights up to commemorate John Lennons birtday and death respectively, the beam of light can reach up to over 4000 meters in a clear night. The tower has the phrase "Imagine Peace" in 24 different languages written over the white column.

    Yoko Ono's "Imagine Peace Tower"

    Hanna at the top of the hill

    Not long after visiting the Peace Tower, it started drizzling, we hurried and biked back to the top of the hill where the cafe was and spent a little time waiting for to catch the next ferry back to Reykjavík.

    A window at the top of the cafe

    Baejarins Beztu Pylsur - Reykjavík's famous street hot-dog

    After returning the bikes, we decided to walk back to near the market where Baejarins Beztu Pylsur is, a famous hot-dog stand in Reykjavík. I can easily say its one of the best, if not, the best hot-dogs I have ever had. It may look nothing more than the Ikea hot-dogs, but the twist is in the sauce and what's underneath the sausage. The sausage is lamb-based, with pork and beef, the condiments consists of remoulade (a french mayonnase), sweet mustard, fried onions and raw onions. Sounds amazing, I know, and apparently the brand was founded in 1937 in Reykjavík.

    Waffles at Mokka-Kaffi

    We took a little stroll around town and landed at Mokk-Kaffi, the oldest coffee shop in Reykjavík. Mokka was founded in the 50's and their decor inside is still very retro looking, Hanna was the one who discovered the place before the trip and told me that we HAVE to go try their waffles. Gotta say, I was not dissapointed, compared to the crunchy waffles we had at þingeyri, this one is more doughy, a little heavier which I do not have a problem with. Accompanied with the set up is some sort of strawberry or raspberry jam and whipped cream deliciousness.

    We spent the rest of the day easy as it started to rain a little more and it was really cold out. We visited a bar later in the night and headed back to our hotel.