Day number two
Little Viking had an adventurous second day. While Kent went and got his new Tattoo at Oblivion Tattoo in Reykjavik, the rest of the gang wandered downtown, shopped, and took a trip to Viðey island, where they got to check out the old naval base, one of many churches and graveyards and old stables.
It was an interesting day three
A Unique Museum
When Little Viking arouse the next day, he already knew that it was going to be an interesting day. They were going to start the day visiting one of Iceland’s many museum’s…. The Icelandic Phallological Museum… If you haven’t figured out what this is, in a nutshell, it is the Icelandic “penis” museum. For some reason it was thought Iceland needed to celebrate the … penis … and is home to hundreds of penises from many, many different species, including human.
There were penis souvenirs, penis cakes, penis… yea, you get the idea. And while a little uncomfortable, Little Viking perused the displays and had a cup of coffee at the Phallic Café and Bistro.
Wandering around Reykjavik
After the interesting museum, Little Viking and the gang visited many interesting stores to see, and several items unique to Iceland.
A Taste of Iceland
That evening, Little Viking and his fellow travellers participated in a walking food tour, visiting four amazing restaurants to taste local dishes with our amazing tour guide Solveig from The Reykjavik Food Walk.
The first stop was Forréttabarinn where Little Viking tried his very first Horse Ribbed Eye Steak, a dish he kind of wishes was NOT so tasty.
We then moved on to Reykjavik’s world-famous hot dog stand, Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur for a one and only Icelandic Pylsur (hot dog) mad with Icelandic ketchup, Icelandic mustard, remoulade sauce, deep fried onion and raw onion. A hot dog like no other!
Once the hot dogs were scarfed down, it was onward to Sjávargrill for the most amazing soft taco one has ever tasted. Complete with deep fried langoustine (Norway lobster) and served with garlic sauce, spinach, pickled red onion, date puree, coriander and parmesan, this dish is a must try when you visit.
Sólon was our next stop where Little Viking enjoyed slow cooked lamb with mashed potatoes, Icelandic Stracciatella cheese and Arctic char with smashed potatoes. He also enjoyed a lovely beer (which he cannot remember the name of) that tased very much like the Little Brown Jug’s beer back home!
The food tour had a perfect ending with dessert at Hressó, one of the oldest restaurants in Iceland. There we enjoyed coffee and date cake. The date cake might not be what you are thinking. It is a delicious cake not made of dates, but many Icelanders would have their first dates at this restaurant and order a “date cake”.
How to be Icelandic in 60 minutes
Once we finished dessert, we headed towards Harpa Concert Hall to see How to become Icelandic in 60 minutes. This show is full of Icelandic humor, which is pretty sharp at times, and the delivery was amazing. We were laughing so hard! Do you know how they compliment their kids in Iceland? They say “Þu ert svo mikið rassgat “, which means “Oh, you’re such an asshole”. They do… they really say it, like “Oh my gosh, what a beautiful baby. Such an asshole”. The show is informative, funny and has a strong message: Take your poop with you! (Seriously, they have troubles with tourists pooping in yards and leaving it… just take it with you!)