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Iceland Recap: Day 7

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Tuesday, May 1, was our last day in Iceland, spent wandering around downtown Reykjavik before heading to the airport.

We started the day with breakfast at Kex, then drove out to the Dollar / Thrifty office to return our trusty Ford Mondeo rental car. A rep from the car rental office then drove us back to the city center.


Downtown felt particularly quiet and sleepy that morning. As we soon learned, it was May Day — the Icelandic equivalent of Labor Day, but taken more seriously. Many shops and restaurants were closed for the day, and around midday we ran into a large motorcycle parade up Laugavegur (the main shopping street).

My major objective for the day was to pick up a lopapeysa, a traditional Icelandic wool sweater with a pattern around the neck and shoulders. I had put it off too long, however: Both stores I’d planned to visit — Thorvaldsen’s Bazaar (run by a charity group) and the Handknitting Association of Iceland — were closed for the holiday. I ended up buying my sweater at the airport.

Holiday closures also meant that our initial pick for lunch, the noodle house Nudluskalin, was not an option. But we had an excellent meal at Sjávargrillið, so no regrets there.

After lunch, we returned to Kex to retrieve our baggage and board the FlyBus (included with our Nordic Traveler tour package). A driver picked us up in a large van and took us (and several others) to the main BSI bus station, where we then boarded a coach bus for the trip to the airport.

In all, it was a wonderful trip, and I can’t wait to return to Iceland someday to explore more of it.

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More: Overall | Day 1: Reykjavik | Day 2: Golden Circle to Vik | Day 3: Vik to Höfn | Day 4: Höfn to Mývatn | Day 5: Mývatn to Sauðárkrókur | Day 6: Sauðárkrókur to Reykjavik | Day 7: Reykjavik