Travel Blogs from Reykjavík
... a little more and another quick stop before heading back to Reykjavik.
Arrive back at the hotel about 12:45am. There were quite a few people in the lobby watching the Super Bowl. We watched the last minute before half time then went to the room. Split a beer, check messages and get update on start of second half of Super Bowl (Seahawks had scored a touchdown on kick-off). We knew they were going to win then so went to bed.
Today we went on the golden circle tour. Our first stop was Thingvellir National park. This is where the Alping General Assembly was established in 930. Many major events have also taken place here and it is now a protected national shrine.
The Ice here was really bad, whereas in Akureyri the snow was deep and continually falling, here it had stopped snowing but where the ice had started to melt and then frozen all the pavements are like ice rinks! The other issue today was the ...
... The waterfall was furthest away so we did that first. Being a Saturday morning, traffic was light and we made good progress. It takes a little while to get used to the gear lever being on the other side but that wasn't my main concern. I was more distracted by the thing sheet of dusty ice that lay across the entire road surface as we got out of the city and into the wilderness. It wasn't thick enough to cause a problem but it did make me pay attention, that's for ...
... our bearings.
We stopped for food, and Joe explained how he'd brought several beaters with him on the trip. From our analysis of the weather so far, he was a little sceptical.
On the way back to the hostel we popped into the shop to get some food for dinner. We decided upon a sort of salmon risotto dish. There was also time to get a few snacks ahead of going on our trek the following day. My attention was caught by a "Tango Demolition chocolate bar" to which ...
... No security, no fences, no warning signs (except for small ones warming you of the too hot water, but even those were advisory rather than statutory.) Once again, the different Icelandic character: this is a common possession, why would anyone want to damage it?
The famous Blue Lagoon turns out to be just the cooling ponds beyond the "too hot" ones. Why one would voluntarily immerse oneself in this nuclear-winter looking weirdness I can't imagine but it takes all sorts I ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility