We flew into Keflavik and had rented a car from a place called SAD Cars. Now, at first, I thought SAD was some sort of acronym, but actually, I think they were describing their cars. :) They were pretty worn but lots cheaper than anyone else and they had a mechanic on site, so we figured what the heck! First we got picked up at the airport and driven a few miles to their office in a nondescript building near an old NATO base. There were two van fulls of us arriving and we had to wait a few minutes in line to get our car. After finishing the paperwork with the very nice office workers, we got some directions to Reykjavik and headed out. The car was about out of gas because they don't require you to return it with any gas in it so our first stop was a gas station just as we were entering the highway to Reykjavik. We went to the bathroom and got a few snacks and were about to hit the road when Rich realized he didn't have his backpack. We searched the car and couldn't find it so we drove back to SAD Cars and luckily they'd found it and kept it for him. Whew! After that little detour we took off for Reykjavik and enjoyed the sights along the way. We were amazed at the topography, which looked like we were on the moon. Lots of volcanic rock everywhere and very little green at that time of year.
There were several places to eat nearby so we settled on a little cafe, got something to eat, and hung out for awhile to pass the time. We then walked around and looked into some shops, getting colder and colder, till we could finally go back and check into our apartment.
The next morning, we walked around town and stopped at City Hall, which was hosting an arts and crafts fair. City Hall juts out into the water and you get there by walking across a bridge. Pretty cool. City Hall is a true public place which puts on events like the arts and crafts fair and art exhibits, and has a little luncheonette so you can have a meal while taking care of business.