Icelandic arrival

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Since I can remember I've always wanted to visit Iceland, its a mysterious country and let’s face it anywhere with a capital city with a ykj next to each other has to be visited!

We booked the flights and accommodation through the Iceland Air website. There are only two companies that fly from the UK to Iceland so choice is limited and once the research was done on the accommodation we agreed we had a good deal. Opting for the Circle tour city break package and for our £280 we got return flights, 4 nights accommodation and the circle line tour.

There were no problems with the flight out, there seemed to be more leg room than I was used to, but that is comparing it to Ryanair so wouldn't be hard. We also got complementary drinks which was a nice extra.

From the airport we took the flybus which took us to the main bus station in Reykjavik where we changed into a minibus to be taken to our hotel, it took around 40 mins door to door and cost about £12 (cheaper than booking on Icelandic Air website £14).

Our hotel (Fosshotel Baron) was excellent, the rooms clean and a good size and the staff were very friendly and willing to help. The only point to note was they were redecorating the stairwells and corridors so there was a lingering smell of paint but it caused no real problems during our stay.

After a quick wash and our first experience of the egg water (Hot running water in Iceland comes from geothermic sources and filtered through volcanic rock which gives it that lovely sulphur-y, rotten egg smell) we wandered into town. The walk was only 15 minutes as we strolled down Laugavegur onto Bankstraeti in search for some Icelandic cuisine to sample. Alas our search was unsuccessful, it apears puffin is only on the menu when the birds return from thier flight across the Atlantic to migrate - rubbish! It was quite late so we decided we'd eat at the next place we saw which was Svarta Kaffið a strange little cafe with a mix of Irish come Jamaican decor. It was great, I ordered a Polar Beer (do you see what they did there), Catherine a coffee and we both went for the Súpa í Brauði (Soup in Bread) for 2000 IKR. It was fantastic, it came in a hollowed out bread loaf and was described as being meat, who knows what type but I think I tasted chicken, bacon, beef and lamb at some point and Polar Beer is now my new favorite drink!

kinetico says:
Arrived @ Baron 26th Feb, just after the snow... great trip.
Probably saw you...
Nice to see your photos!
and yeh, the wind at Gulfoss!!!!

Great comment cja17... especially with the latest news... i.e. no flights!!
I've had ad emails "Whale watching is so last year, volcano tours now available!"
Posted on: Apr 17, 2010
cja17 says:
Welcome back!

You are in so much trouble - you forgot to switch the volcano off after you were finished with it didn't you??!!!

Get writing - I'm not reviewing this blog until there are some words on it...

Posted on: Mar 23, 2010
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