Reykjavik is a surprisingly busy city on the west coast of Iceland. Surrounded by black volcanic stone and yellow grass the city is striking.

OCTOBER: Reykjavik

Reykjavik is a surprisingly busy city on the west coast of Iceland. Surrounded by black volcanic stone and yellow grass the city is striking. Arctic winds blow in from the coast, and Iceland is the third windiest place in the world. Houses are generally low with sloped roofs to avoid the ever present wind. 

The city is full of tourists, Iceland's niche as a stopover between Europe and the US is working well for it in terms of bringing people in. 

The marina is full of fish restaurants, tours and fishing boats, and the center of town is primarily a single road full of shops (many selling cold weather gear).

The outsides are bleak, but inside the restaurants and shops, low lighting and warm woods make you feel welcomed.