We said goodbye to Jules and Damon and then closed up the AirBnb and left. Our last full day in Reykjavik! We’d booked two beds in a hostel dorm and headed there to store our luggage until we could come back and check-in. Instead, when we got there, the lovely guy at the desk upgraded us to the hotel that’s attached to the hostel, to a lovely private ensuite room which was already ready, so we were able to check-in straight away! It was so unexpected and kind!
I lay down on the bed and immediately wanted to go back to sleep but, we got up instead and went out in search of lunch. Our best friend at the front desk had recommended a place called Cafe Babalu and it did not disappoint – beautiful tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches and a piece of Nutella cheesecake to finish! Thoroughly full, we headed to Hallgrímskirkja, the big tall church in the middle of Reykjavik, for a couple of photos.
Then we went our separate ways – Sean to another thermal pool, and myself to the National Museum of Iceland. This was really interesting and well worth going to see, but I just found it hard to reconcile with the 1500 krona it cost for admission. There are plenty of other just as nice museums around the world that are free! But I did enjoy it, and I also got to see an item of personal interest. Anyone who has read Hannah Kent’s 2013 novel Burial Rites will know the story of Agnes Madnusdottir’s execution, the last execution to take place in Iceland. The axe-head and chopping block used in this execution are on display in the museum. Yes, I’m aware it’s a bit morbid, but it’s a wonderful novel and a very tragic and interesting tale. There was also a badstofa on display, which is a room from the 18th and 19th century farmhouses, like the houses Agnes would have lived in.
Afterwards I had a lovely walk back through Reykjavik, stopping to have a hot chocolate and read when the weather got bad again. Sean and I met up at our hotel and went downstairs for dinner and a couple of drinks, a quick walk, and then Sean headed off again. He’s gone to a pub crawl and I am snuggled up in bed with a book, the television, and wifi. Bliss!