Love is found at Vakta – VaktarabærinnPhoto: @gkaldal
OK, so this blog post does not include tips on what to do on your wedding night – you’ll have to look elsewhere for that. It does, however discuss where you spend it.
At first I thought that we didn’t need to go anywhere for our wedding night. Our friends were babysitting our son so we had the apartment to ourselves and after a long day and night of partying it wouldn’t really matter where you went to rest. WRONG! As I found out, it is incredibly important to end such a beautiful and unique day, in equally beautiful and unique surroundings keeping the fairytale alive that much longer. It would be a terrible anti-climax to just go home to your apartment, where yogurt stains are still on the kitchen table from a hectic breakfast with the kid and the piles of clothes you haven’t gotten in the washing machine would annoy you.
Believe me – you want to go somewhere amazing for your wedding night.
My husband was the clever one to realize that and we got the chance to go to a gorgeous little villa guest-house in the heart of Reykjavik called Vakta. In Icelandic it is called Vaktarabærinn, roughly translated as “The Monitor’s House” because the man who built it in the early 19th century held the office of City Monitor. Vakta is a small house, with a beautiful little garden around it, snugly located between the bigger and newer houses of downtown Reykjavik. The house feels a bit like the traditional Icelandic summer house, with the cozy plank floor and steep wood stair case – but that would be the most beautiful and exclusive summerhouse on the whole island. It is filled with Icelandic design – and every little thing inside is lovelier than the last. The attention to detail is incredible and it has been furnished with such devotion and tenderness, that you can’t help but feel heavenly while staying there.
When our wedding was over at 3 A.M. in the morning and we headed over to Vakta neither of us was the least bit tired. We were amazed with the stunning atmosphere of the house and it felt so good to settle down in the intimate little living room after the rollercoaster we’d just had. We drank champagne and ate chocolate truffles, laughing and reminiscing for hours. It was simply marvelous.
In Vakta – Vaktarabærinn Photo: Vakta
I want to give my thanks to the Vakta crew for providing us with the perfect ending to a perfect day and the house comes highly recommended to anyone who wants to enjoy a unique time in Reykjavik.
And lastly, a tip for friends and family: My brothers and sisters had prepared a breakfast basket for us to enjoy the day after, so when we woke up in the morning with the sun tickling our noses we had a wonderful breakfast of organic olives, and cheese, juices and teas, waiting for us in the refrigerator. That was such a lovely treat.
In Vakta – VaktarabærinnPhoto: Vakta
Sitting outside Vakta on our way inPhoto: Jói G. @Snilli
Sóley Kaldal was born in Iceland but has lived in various Nordic countries the last 8 years. She studied philosophy, physics and disaster management in Iceland, Denmark and Sweden and is currently teaching and working on her Ph.D. in Greenland. She is passionate about yoga philosophy, sustainability, design and the Scandinavian lifestyle. She just got married to her architect/illustrator husband and together they have a two-year old son. She loves cats, riding bikes, cooking from local produce and wearing summer dresses.
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