WOW Airlines now flies from Pittsburgh to Reykjavík non-stop, and at a very reasonable price, so it's actually very easy to go for a long weekend; which is basically what we did, just during the week. We flew out Monday night (arrived early Tuesday morning) and left Friday afternoon. If we were to do it over I might choose a different flight arrival time, or perhaps I'd book a hotel night for the night we left (meaning we could check into our room at 6am when we arrived). Depending on the difference in cost between flight times, it might be cheaper to have the extra hotel night expense. Anyway, Tuesday was a bit brutal since I don't function well without proper rest and I can never sleep well on planes. We made the best use of our early morning by settling into some lounge chairs in the lobby and trying to sleep, then we decided to go find a bakery (this act unwittingly set the tone for our trip) before our tour began at 9:30am.
We did a tour of the city (obligatory photos below) and also visited the Northern Lights Center where we learned about the aurora, got our hopes up about seeing the aurora, and saw spectacular photographs of said phenomenon.
|Reykjavík with Hallgrímskirkja Church in the background|
|HÖFÐI House - where Reagan and Gorbachev met in October 1986|
|Hallgrímskirkja - Lutheran (Church of Iceland)|
|Viking statue outside the Saga Museum|