Iceland - Reykjavik and random thoughts

First things first, I apologise for the very photo heavy posts, but Iceland is so so beautiful - I have three posts on Iceland, and none of them will be easy on your internet connection, sorry!

I also have so much to say, so these posts may turn very ramble-y...

Here are some photos from our first and last two days in Iceland - over the eight days we were there, we flew into Keflavik (Reykjavik), traveled along the south coast, visiting Vik and Hofn, and then backed on ourselves back to Keflavik. These photos are from around the city - around three hundred thousand people live in Iceland - most in the capital city! I'm not going to give you a full commentary, as I think it is something you should experience yourself, but I will say it was the best week of my life.

Above is me on Skólavörðustígur in Reykjavik - a bit further up I found a craft shop which sells lava beads - I jumped at the chance to make my own since the ones in the shops can be thousands of Krona. I actually first read about it on the I Heart Reykjavik blog, and didn't think I'd find it, but turns out I was staying in the next street! Fate!

These are the beautiful Ambassade apartments that we stayed in - home goals! They honestly deserve all the five star reviews they have on TripAdvisor!

This is inside the Handknitting Association of Iceland store, so so cute! The only problem is these jumpers are around 30 000 ISK (about £150) so I didn't get one - I did however get a throw for the bedroom!

Apparently during the recession there was a resurgence of knitting in Iceland - you see these jumpers in pretty much all the shops!

Icelandic houses are very cute on the outside - all in bright colours and they all seem to be made out of corrugated iron. Icelandic design really is growing on me. I noticed three things that all of the places we stayed had in common:
- They were all extremely warm, with no obvious reason as to why.
- They all had wifi, even in the remotest place - Iceland is very connected!
- They all had extremely good blackout curtains - this is for the summer when Iceland only has one hour of night!
- They all had plug sockets and hairdryers in the bathroom - obviously unlike us Brits, Icelanders can be trusted not to electrocute themselves.

This is the Harpa concert hall. Can you imagine how beautiful it would be with light shining through it?

I had visions of a snuggling up against a fire in my woolies with a warming coffee. Alas my Nordic fantasy didn't come true - we discovered two chain coffee shops - Kaffitar and Te and Kaffi, neither of which made my feel like I was in a ski lodge, I was very impressed that matcha lattes were widely on offer though.

There's so much amazing street art in Reykjavik - this is just one of a few I loved - check out my Instagram for more.

Have you ever been to Iceland? Do you plan to? Tweet me and I'll talk to you for hours about it!

Northern Lights Cookies

Rather lovely snap of the Northern Lights that James got on holiday.

Okay, I'm admitting that I've given up on the bake off series until next year - the vol au vents proved too inconvenient to make, and I was weeks behind.

I got back from Iceland on Sunday (it was AMAZING, but more on that later) and decided to make some Northern Lights inspired cookies to take in to work. I wasn't sure how they'd work out, but they turned out pretty well!

I used a basic biscuit/shortbread recipe and a star cookie cutter, along with black fondant and the vast majority of the blue and green edible glitters available at Hobbycraft.

- side note - make sure you use lots of flour to roll your dough, and lots of icing sugar to roll your fondant, else you'll be left with a sticky sticky mess...

So, make your dough, bake your cookies and roll out your fondant. I found the best way to get the sugar and glitter to stick is to make a glue out of icing sugar and water and run it over the top of the cookie and icing with a pastry brush.

These are how mine turned out - what do you think? They went down pretty well at work! (The non iced one was for someone who doesn't like icing)