However brief the fall season is in Iceland, it is certainly a magical time. In September and October, the leaves turn all kinds of breathtaking colours and the people of Reykjavík fall into a sort of collective melancholy, as they bid goodbye to summer. If you’re lucky enough to spend a couple of days in the capital area this fall, here are some tips for indulging in the bitter-sweet sentiment of the season.
Sunset in Seltjarnarnes
Backgrounded by a magnificent view of the Reykjavík bay area and the impressive mountains stretching behind, Grótta is a great place to watch the sunset in fall and marvel at the sublime power of the sea pushing in the waves. Three things to watch out for: Seals by the shore, the tide—you might get wet feet if you’re not walking back in time—and those terribly misaimed golf balls.
Shop for a Halloween costume
It’s never too early to start looking for the perfect slutty pumpkin dress. If you’re on a budget and want to keep things environmentally friendly, check out Kolaportið or the Red Cross stores to get your hands on loads of pre-loved items. Otherwise, Hókus Pókus is the go-to for cheesy costumes. Looking for something a little spookier? Just across the street lies Rokk og Rómatík, Reykjavík’s resident goth vendor.
Picnic at Öskjuhlið
Öskjuhlið is the area around Perlan and perhaps the most underestimated destination in Reykjavík. Most people drive up the hill just to visit the museum without ever exploring the lush flora around it. Fall is, however, the perfect time to wrap yourself in an extra layer, pack a light bag of snacks and enjoy this piece of nature in the midst of Iceland‘s capital. You can head upwards from the Nauthólsvík parking area, along the winding paths, and find a sheltered picnic bench once you reach the top. You‘ll be rewarded with a stunning view.
Árbær open-air museum
For some unknown reason, fall comes for many with a sense of nostalgia. The Árbær Open Air Museum perfectly caters to this emotion, taking you on a journey to an older version of Reykjavík before cruise ships crowded the harbour and groceries became available in supermarket chains. It‘s a unique space, where history is kept alive and you‘ll definitely learn to appreciate the comfort of our modern homes as the seasons are changing from fall to winter.
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