We started our second afternoon in Iceland with brunch at the KEX hostel, a popular place to stay as well as to eat and drink. It’s a quirky little spot – I can imagine young international backpackers feel right at home here. For us, the food was decent, but the service was a little lacking. We did find out that the trout on the sourdough toast is smoked locally with a combination of moss and lamb “poo.”
From the hostel, it was a short walk to the Sólfar (Sun Voyager) sculpture on the Reykjavík waterfront. While some understandably mistake this for an homage to a Viking ship it’s actually an ode to the sun. Regardless of its meaning, it’s a stunning art piece, perfectly fitting for the stark landscape.
Next we hiked around seeing the basic sights of the city:
After all that walking, we were hungry and exhausted so we decided to partake in one of the most well-known Iceland traditions: stuffing our faces with pylsur, the Icelandic hot dog.
These hotdogs are made with a combination of pork, beef and lamb and are served — if you order them “with everything” as you should — with raw minced onions, fried onions, pylsusinnep (a sweet brown mustard) and remoulade.
We went to the famous stand (Bill Clinton and Anthony Bourdain both ate pylsur here), by the harbor. We ordered six dogs to share and it was glorious.