Travels: The land of fire and ice
Iceland is a stunning island full of volcanoes, tectonic plates, polite people and Viking history. This is my photo blog and thoughts on a place I highly recommend visiting.
The scenery and distant plumes of steam are the first things you notice en route to Reykjavik by plane. The black volcanic lava fields of the Keflavík area in the southern peninsula are very different and it’s almost like you landed on another planet.
The bus shuttle takes about 50 minutes from the airport to central Reykjavik, with correct ticket they will pick up and drop you off at your accommodation.
The city itself isn’t a large as I was expecting. You could walk the length of the city in about 20 – 30 minutes. The centre has a harbour, restaurants and bars, museums, shops and a beautiful church that you go up to take great pictures of the views. Another good view point in the city is the Perlan.
Things we did
On our 5 day trip we took in the sights of Reykjavik. We did our own “Golden Circle” tour by renting a car from the what’s on centre, more leisurely and cheaper than taking the tour, and visited the Blue Lagoon.
Unfortunately we didn’t see the Northern lights, so we’ll have to go back soon. Anyway I’ll let the picture paint the rest of the words on what we saw.
There is an international selection of restaurants, Asian, Italian, American, Indian, Nepalese and of course Icelandic. It’s expensive (£50 ave. for two people, without booze), prepare your wallet to stomach it.
The Icelandic food we tried was mostly traditional and consisted of Hákarl, a very smelly, rotten shark, with wind dried cod and pickled herring. Order with extreme caution. The Hákarl has to be served in a pot due to the smell of ammonia and the taste can only be described as acquired, acquired!
The Icelandic soups are really tasty. I also enjoyed Chicken estragon and a huge burger at 73. You must however, try the lamb as it’s very tasty and feeds on grass and herbs, that you can taste in the meat. I had top notch lamb at the Lava restaurant at the Blue lagoon. There are also lamb hot dogs, from a famous vendor on the seafront in Reykjavik, which are the best I’ve eaten.
Famous Icelandic lamb hot dog. A photo posted by Mariana Mota Morris (@marianamorris) on
We stayed about 10 minutes walk from the centre, which was a pleasant one, when the cold wind wasn’t blowing. Our accommodation was a studio apartment, that meant we had the flexibility of cooking for ourselves, although we dined out, it at least made breakfast lazier ;). It cost about £63 per night for a double room, so pretty affordable at that time of year.
It’s worth saying though because eating out is very expensive, when visiting Iceland again we’d eat in more. Iceland does operate a tax refund system for tourists if you want to fill out forms, app needed.
Check out my wife’s post on Iceland too for another view on Iceland!