Fall in Love With Reykjavik

Keeping the positive attitude from the weekend this lovely Monday morning I am starting the week off with a list of 10 things I love about my new home. As I was making this list I found it hard to narrow it down to just 10 things. Just all the views would equal 10 different things I love. Because trust me if you ever visit Iceland you will fall in love with every single place you see!

So to keep me focused I narrowed it down to mostly just the Reykjavik area and all the things I love about here.

1. The Views
Reykjavik Views
I had to start this list off with the views. Everyday I get to see the ocean and beautiful mountains and I love it. Iceland is never short on amazing views and Reykjavik is no exception!

2. Work Environment
Coming from America I am use to working long hours and short vacation times. In Iceland most employees enjoy a 4 week summer vacation, that is paid! And no this vacation isn’t something you receive after working years and years for the same company, it starts after your first full year. Amazing right.

3. Geothermal Pools
I have mentioned the geothermal pools a few times but for good reason. They are one of my favorite thing about living in Iceland.  There are several pools through the city and going to the pools for an afternoon of relaxing and catching up with friends is a big part of the culture. Even in the winter the pools are always packed. It really is beautiful sitting outside in the hot pools with the snow falling down!

4. Icelandic Candy
Icelandic Candy Nammiland, aka candyland, is filled with yummy Icelandic candy. What is Icelandic candy you may ask?? Well in Iceland I have discovered that liquorice is a big part of the candy here. Chocolate covered liquorice or salty liquorice, they both are amazing. And bonus, on Saturday’s all candy in nammiland is 50% off!

5. Safety
Iceland is one of the safest places to be. With an extremely low crime rate and police officers who don’t even carry guns you can walk around at ease. It is not uncommon to see young children outside on their own and babies are even left in their strollers sleeping outside cafes. I find this comfort of safety so refreshing and I am so glad I can walk around my neighborhood alone and not have to worry. Of course common sense is still important when out alone here but for the most part you can be at ease knowing your in one of the safest places.

6. The Northern Lights
This past week we have been spoiled with Northern Lights lighting up the sky several times. Usually you don’t get to see the Northern Lights to well from the city because of all of the city lights but this week I have seen some of the most amazing Northern Lights ever. Just last night I stepped outside and my breath was taken away with the bright neon green lights dancing in the sky. Sadly I have yet to capture a good picture of the Northern Lights but getting to see them from my own yard is one amazing thing about living in Reykjavik.

7. Hiking
Esjan
There are tons of hiking trails all over Iceland and while there may not be any right in the city just a short drive out you can find many beautiful places to hike around. Esjan is the mountain you can always see from Reykjavik and one of my favorite areas to hike. The views from the top are just amazing, the picture above doesn’t do it justice!

8. Going to the movies
The first time I went to the movies in Iceland about half way through the movie suddenly stopped and went to the pre movie advertisements. I thought that something was broken and that was why the movie stopped. This was when I learned that here in Iceland there is a 10 minute intermission during the movies. At first I found this so strange and was not a fan. Now I love having that break in the movie to get up and use the bathroom and of course refill my popcorn!

9. Best place to be a woman
Iceland is constantly at the top of the World rankings for the best place to be a woman and this year they were voted number one for the 5th time.  Equality is big here in Iceland and I love living in a place that strives to treat everyone the same.

10. There is a bar named after me
Kiki Bar
At least I like to think the bar is named after me :) In addition to this bar having my name I also love the colors of the building, yet another thing that I love about Reykjavik is all the colorful buildings and my bar is no exception!

I really am lucky to live in such an amazing place!

Question of the Day?
What is something you love about your home?

  • http://inkandadventure.blogspot.tw/ Jamie | ink + adventure

    I’ve always thought Iceland would be a wonderful place to visit… this list makes me think living there would be a great idea also :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      It is a great place to visit and live! I can’t wait for the summer time, it is amazing living here then;)

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com/ Amanda

    This post makes me think that living in Iceland is a wonderful idea!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      I think everyone should head over;)

  • http://fromcasinostocastles.com/ From Casinos To Castles

    This post makes me want to relocate, although I love Germany. :-)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      A visit to Iceland is needed then maybe you will definitely want to relocate:)

  • LadyOfTheCakes

    That view sure is glorious!

    Next up: 10 things that really annoy me about Iceland. There’s got to be something… Do indulge us ;-)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Haha so very true, I am sure that post will happen at some point, got to keep it real!

  • http://lulug1975.blogspot.co.uk/ Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

    Great list. Iceland does sound amazing in every way, although leaving my baby outside a cafe is one I’m not sure I could do!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      I don’t think I would be able to do it either but it is such a common sight you see walking around downtown!

  • http://tidethatleft.blogspot.co.uk/ Amy @ the tide that left

    Those geothermal pools sound amazing! I definitely need to visit Iceland one day.

    I’m in Dar es Salaam, but situated out of the main city area on a peninsula. Everything is green and lush and we’re surrounded by coastline. I love that!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      I just love living on the coastline as well.

  • http://djseaward.tumblr.com/ Cynthia

    I love this idea! What better way to focus on the positive than to think of ten great things about where you live. Well done! I may have to join in…… :) Man, there are just so many great things about Reykjavik that I bet it was hard to make this list. I love that candy is 50% on Saturdays… I’ve heard a lot recently about Scandinavia’s “Saturday morning candy” tradition for kids (and, I suppose, adults!).

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      I agree, Monday’s need as much positive thoughts as possible! This list was hard to make! I think it is a big tradition for kids, my boyfriend still talks about his Saturday morning trips to the candy shop.

  • Gina Bares

    The movie intermission is a good idea. Love the ocean and mountains, so pretty!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      When I go back home now I miss having the movie intermission!

  • http://esthernovich.blogspot.com.es/ esthernovich

    These kind of posts just make me want to visit Iceland more and more!
    I might join in too and make a post about things I love about Madrid :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Yes write one about Madrid so I can read them and want to visit Madrid even more!

  • ksommerkamp

    Ah… I miss hiking and the outdoors! I guess one of the things I like most about my *adopted* home (London) is its parks and its great coffee shops.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Yes great coffee shops and parks are very important! The coffee shops in Reykjavik are great as well!

  • http://www.notentirelyperfect.com/ Stephanie

    haha you have your own bar! Awesome. That candy store holy cow. I want!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Haha I have never been into my own bar, probably need to change that asap. I know I can’t even go to the store on Saturday without buying candy, I can pass up a sale!

  • http://www.andsoidid.com/ Madi @ And So I Did

    That does look like a fabulous place! I would love to visit Iceland.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Thanks so much! Yes come visit Iceland is amazing.

  • http://agirlandhertravels.com/ Polly

    Girl. You are so lucky to like where you’re living. I’m so jealous!

    I have, though, found a flower shop named after me in Moscow, so I do get the excitement :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Yes, all shops named after you count! I feel pretty luck as well;)

  • http://weiderjl.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    Love all of these. And interestingly, most European countries are like that with vacations because they value “destressing” and family time. That’s actually one of the reasons workplace crime is on the rise in America, because we are too stressed and don’t get enough time off.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      I totally agree, the work environment in America is so stressful I would much rather work over in Europe.

      • http://weiderjl.blogspot.com/ Jenn

        Me too! I’m hoping to get my company to transfer me to the UK in a few years

        • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

          Ohh that would be so nice, fingers crossed!

  • Ashley Elizabeth

    Love this! I have always lived in Oregon. What part of the state were you at when you lived here? Iceland looks amazing and sounds like a refreshing change with it being so safe.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      So glad you enjoyed:) Oh nice what part are you from? I am a born and raised Oregonian, spent all my 24 years in the Eugene area until moving this fall but all my family is still there. I agree, Iceland is so refreshing it is nice feeling comfortable in my surroundings!

  • http://Leeleewrites.com/ Leelee

    Haha. Love how you found your namesake bar.

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Haha, now I have to actually go into the bar for a drink!

  • http://www.lovethehereandnow.com/ Anne @ Love the Here and Now

    Wow…looks breathtakingly beautiful and sounds like an amazing place to live! Luck you!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      It is so beautiful. I think its pretty amazing:)

  • Brianna DePauw

    Looks amazing! What a wonderful place to call home! :)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Thanks so much:)

  • http://www.jadeoak.com/ jackie jade

    ahhh it seriously sounds so amazing there. i would love to check out the views and the northern lights. so cool!

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      I don’t think I will ever get over the Northern Lights, they are just amazing!

  • Brianna

    Wow this is amazing! I would love to visit somewhere that beautiful, let alone live there! Thanks for linking up!:)

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      Thanks so much! Loved the link up glad I found it:)

  • http://pinkowl07.blogspot.com/ night owl

    great things here. and this is Ireland? or oregon?

    http://hotpinkowl02.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-place-you-call-home.html

    • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

      It is pretty beautiful here. This is Iceland actually.