So I was in Akureyri trying to be left alone while working on a project in a café, when I found the Polish couple, Aleksy and Katarzyna and Noah, from Luxembourg. They asked me to sit at my table (the place was packed), and I said yes because it would have been too awkward to say no.

They started talking about going to Luxembourg to visit Noah’s mom because she was sick. But suddenly, Katarzyna asked me how I met Jessica, and I said I met her travelling, probably the same way you guys meet her.

-By Tinder? -Said Noah from Luxembourg. Katarzyna hit Noah’s leg so strong that I understood her discomfort. He had just revealed that Pietro and Jessica met on the Internet. So Jessica was looking for a companion while here.

After that, I just laughed uncomfortably and focused on my work. Everyone understood I was hurt after acknowledging that.

15 minutes of silence later, I didn’t see the point of remaining at the table. So I stood up and said goodbye heading to my hostel.

Two minutes later, I found Katarzyna running behind me and yelling my name:

“Benjamin, Benjamin, Benjamin Gunst!” I stayed still until she reached.

-I have to tell you something, she said.

-What? That Jessica is living the happiest life with some random guy that met on Internet? and I am here running away and finding her anyways?

-No, precisely -she said- Pietro is dangerous, Benjamin. He is a liar, and he is worst than her ex-fiancee. Jessica is too innocent to find it out, and she believes in fairy tales.

I felt sad and empty, so I breathed and said with a lump in my throat -I can’t do anything, Katarzyna. She has already made her decision.

-Of course, you can, Benjamin Gunst. She loves you.




The next day I landed in Kastrup International Airport, Denmark.

So I went straight to downtown Copenhagen to be inside an actual Fairy tale at Tivoli Gardens.

For those who don’t know, Tivoli Gardens is the third oldest amusement park in the world. It was open in 1843 and still features the Rutschebanen, a wooden roller coaster available for the public since 1914.


It looks like Tivoli Garden tries to maintain its fairy tales essence with performances inspired by romantic theatre, academic music, jazz, Chinese and Danish classic tradition. Even though Tivoli is in constant evolution, including attractions now with Virtual Reality lenses, it keeps the magic among many amusement parks worldwide that makes you feel you are in the future. In Tivoli, you are not just in the beautiful past but also in an enchanted town.

I had one week in Akureyri when I decided to write this post. I decided to come here to be alone, more than I was in Reykjavík. A few days after my road trip through the Golden Circle, I walked into a Bónus (an Icelandic convenience store) and found Jessica.

She was holding hands with Pietro being so comfy with each other.

I don’t know if she saw me, as I just turned my back and walked outside. I felt bad again. I thought I was in this (fabulous) country just because of her, but she was with another guy already. I felt unconsciously betrayed, even though we were only friends.

So I rented another car and travelled north for a couple of days. That’s how I ended in Akureyri. Being there, I tasted delicious food. These are my favourite places:


This place reminded me a lot of the cuisine in Greenland, as it was a menu based on what they had available for that day. Hrísalundur is only open from Monday to Friday and offers hot meals including chicken, fish, and lasagna. It looks simple, but the quality comes with the effort these people execute in their work. The lasagna is even better than the ones I have had in Rome.


This restaurant also focuses on Icelandic homemade traditional courses, and they prepare all the dishes with natural nordic ingredients. You can see their menu in advance for the whole week on their website or their Facebook Fanpage.



This is not a conventional food truck, as Pylsuvagninn is the original Icelandic hot dog. This place, located in Hafnarstræti 600 Akureyri, holds vast options for Icelandic Hot Dogs, including the Vegetarian and Vegan Icelandic.



This one is my favourite. Bautinn is located in one of the Akureyri’s oldest and historical buildings. This one was built in 1902. It serves quality food for an affordable price based on the standards of the Artic. If you want to try it, I suggest you make a reservation in advance on weekends, as it can be full.
It is open from 11:00 am and 12:30 pm on weekends.