Our original plans for the next day included a trip to the “Golden Circle,” but due to extremely heavy rainfall, we opted against that 4-6 hour drive (and had great weather conditions the next day for it) and decided instead to bum around Reykjavik.
A trip back to Kaffi Vinyl had us sipping some vegan swiss mochas to warm up before braving the rain and wind for our walk to the Icelandic Phallological Museum. Yes, that is exactly what it sounds like: a penis museum. Even before deciding to make this trip to Iceland, we had stumbled upon a documentary on Netflix about the founder, Sigurður Hjartarson’s, quest to complete his mammalian collection with a human specimen. Naturally, we had to pay a visit, as we typically tend to seek out bizarre museum collections wherever we travel (protip: check out the Museum of Jurassic Technology for a strange afternoon in L.A.!)
We saw some, uh, interesting things.
We then popped over to the Hallgrímskirkja church, which boasts a look-out tower of sorts to see a full 360 degree view of Reykjavik from the tallest building in the city. You can take an elevator up, but to get the full experience, you then have to walk a few flights of stairs up to the tower look-out–which is unprotected from the elements, so if it’s hailing sideways, you might only get to look out of one side.
For a late lunch, we checked out Islenska Flatbakan, which was somewhat outside of the city and offered vegan breadsticks and vegan pizza. The server took her Icelandic menus back and brought us menus in English after interacting with us to seat us. We ordered a vegan dessert pizza for “take away” and checked out a local grocery store afterwards, Bonus, to stock up on some vegan snacks for the remainder of our trip.
Grocery shopping in Iceland is kind of a full-contact sport. For the Icelanders being such a friendly people, it was quite shocking whenever we found ourselves in a grocery or convenience store to see the frantic nature, the chaos, and the occasional pushing and shoving (which I was victim to at least twice during our trip). But, after considerable time spent in the store, we emerged with quite a few vegan items–including a soy yogurt from France, rice milk, and a couple of frozen vegan items. The produce section was dismal but we did pick up some oranges and bananas. Liquor is not sold in grocery stores in Iceland, we were told at the check-out station, and the cashier and gentleman behind us in line helped us to locate the nearest liquor store–Vinbudin.
The rain was getting heavier and heavier, so we decided to call it a day after that and head back to the house, to relax and listen to the rain and wind rustling through the mountains outside. It wasn’t a bad way to end a day.
Stay tuned for more tomorrow, including our trip through the Golden Circle! Geysers, waterfalls, and lava fields, oh my!