On our trip to Iceland we did 3 organised tours and the first of these was to take us up the west coast to Snaefellsnes, The Kirkfujell mountain, the black beach and the black church.
A weekend in Iceland | First stop Reykavik
How did we get to Iceland?
We flew from Manchester to Reykjavik with Iceland Air. We had booked through Skyscanner as they are great at finding the best deals.
The flight from Manchester was good, I had forgotten to take my earphones out of my suitcase so I watched The MEG with subtitles (Thankfully I’d seen it before). The only other point of note on the flight was buying the transfer tickets for the bus from the airport to the city.
Now we knew things in Iceland were going to be expensive but 2 x return bus tickets for a 45 min ride – £87.00 INCREDIBLE!!!
Thoughts immediately went to the Alibus in Italy €5 each way or the local bus in Sri Lanka 22p for the ride of your life into the city. This was our first taste of the expense of Iceland but on a positive note the bus dropped you right at the door of your hotel so no wandering through an unfamiliar city with suitcases.
We found the FLYBUS right out side the airport arrivals and soon we were winging our way to the city.
Where did we stay in Reykjavik?
The hotel we chose was the Centrehotel Midgardur was a crisp clean looking building and after checking in we found ourselves in a crisp clean room facing the square opposite. Now after travelling for the last few hrs we were quite peckish and keen to see some of the city so we saw what we thought was a restaurant/bar across the road and gave it a quick look on trip advisor Hlemmur Matholl.
- Comfortable bedrooms
- Good showers and plenty hot water
- Centrally located
- Restaurant and Bar
- Really excellent breakfast selection from cooked to continental
The hotel also had fantastic reception staff who were on hand to help with translations, directions, trips and anything else that you needed in a country which the language is a challenge.
What was there to do in Reykjavik
Hallgrimskirkja is a lutheran church and smack bang in the centre of Reykjavik and is the largest structure in Iceland.
The Sun Voyager is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, located next to the Sæbraut road in Reykjavík, Iceland. Sun Voyager is described as a dreamboat, or an ode to the Sun
The Harpa is Reykjavik’s concert hall and has a distinctive colored glass facade inspired by the basalt landscape of Iceland.
Laugavegur is one of the main streets in Reykjavik for shopping and bars. The name means “wash road”, as it used to lead to the hot springs in Laugardalur where in olden times the women of Reykjavík took their laundry for washing.
Reykjavik – The Food
As I might have mentioned before everything is expensive in Iceland and that includes the food. Reykjavik has a great street food reputation and we sampled a few.
Across the road from our hotel was the Hlemmur Matholl. This was an eating place with 10 – 12 artisan restaurants and bars and is very popular with locals and tourist alike. We really liked a taco restaurant called Fuego and it cost us around €15 for approx 3 small tacos. Funnily enough it was €15 for a find and tonic too. Chris had a beer which was slightly less.
We also hunted down the street food cafe that sold the traditional stew in a bread bowl and found the aptly named Icelandic Street Food and they were so accommodating that you could buy your food there and they gave you a beer token to take next door to the Icelandic craft beer bar to eat the stew whilst drinking local beer. I opted for the scallop stew and Chris had the meat. Both were delicious. The cost was around €13 and really tasty.
Here’s the link to the 3 tours we did whilst in Iceland.
Click the links for more info.
- Waterfalls & Glacier Hikes (coming soon)
- A trip to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- A Whale of a trip watching humpbacks (coming soon)
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The Tour we chose for this day was the South Coast & Glacier Hike tour and this was with Troll Expeditions.
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