THE NORDIC SERIES, DAY 14
5 years ago I remember reading an article about a walking tour in Iceland about the financial crash, how it came about and what the repercussions were. I was riveted with documentaries about it at home and since then I didn’t forget.
We met Magnus, who’s a economical historian and was involved in the prosecution of some of the top bankers who were jailed so its fair to say he has an insight. He owns a company call citywalk which offer a number of different tours.
WALK THE CRASH
The tour lasted 3 hours but it wasn’t always about the financial crash. Some of the stuff the bankers were up to was astounding, they were just left to do as they pleased! There are still scars or open wounds rather that show the effects of what happened. One perfect example are the foundations of the new banking headquarters which stopped in 2008 and are still incomplete, over 10years after!
- 3 largest banks were 14 times the size of the Iceland GDP and 20times the state budget.
- 33 Bankers were imprisoned.
- Relatively speaking, The U.S. would need to imprison 33,000 bankers to match it.
- 80% of the stock market was wiped out overnight
THE BEST SOUP IN REYKJAVIK
To help get our body temp back up to the positives we headed to Svarta Kaffið for some soup in bread and it will challenge any soup I’ve ever had!! After hearing it only offers 2 options (1 meat, 1 veg) there wasn’t a lot of enthusiasm form the others but it soon proved to be a winner!
WHALES OF ICELAND
Like most of the trip it was out of one place and onto the next as we made our way to the Whales of Iceland exhibition, something I wasn’t sure about visiting but glad I did. Each whale has been scaled to the exact inch and standing up close gives you an incredible sense of size, something you don’t get from Nat Geo.
Tonight is a another recommendation and a great place to go if you want to try some traditional Icelandic food. Puffin, reindeer, whale and horse are all on the menu at Grill Market (Grillmarkaðurinn). I had the horse fillet as it was recommended, full of flavour and very tender.
Our last day and what a way to end it at the Blue Lagoon! Click to read.
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
This post is part of The Nordic Series, click to explore or for episode 1 click here.
To watch the video of my trip, head to my highlights on my Instagram.
- Have you been to Reykjavik, what was your experience like?
- Where did you stay?
- Can you recommend anything else to do?
Let me know in the comments below . . .