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Iceland

A February 2000 trip to Reykjavik by Joey

Geysir Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland More Photos
Quote: The Crown Jewel of Europe, with a slight Sulfur smell

Iceland

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Overview

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Just getting to Iceland is a highlight. The only way in and out is IcelandAir. An exceptional airline. The city of Reykjavik is 'smoke free' meaning they derive all thier heat (and hot water) from geothermal sources. Near the City Center, atop a hill, the Lutheran Church tower offers the best view of the city. The Church is impressive and dominates the skyline. Also visit the Perlan, the hot water reseviour turned tourist center and convention hall, it offers a 360 degree view of the City and surrounding areas. Don't miss City Hall with a giant relief map of Iceland. Icelanders enjoy coffee, so while in the city center, you must stop at any of the numerous cafes. The Parliament of Iceland meets in ...Read More

Baldersbrau

Hotel

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There are a few nice hotels (most of which are owned by Iceland Air) in Reykjavik, but the best way to understand the people and culture is in a B&B. The rooms are quite large (with those large windows!) and very comfortable. This B&B has a 'hot pot' (hot tub) and sauna which are wonderful after a day of walking the city. The Inn keepers are extremely helpful in creating itineraries for day trips and even arranging a rental car. I have to admit, I was a bit leary when I just left the rental car at the B&B when the FlyBus came to pick me up for the airport. I was told 'someone will pick it up later'. Breakfast served in the main dining room is plentiful and is standard European. If you have a specia...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2000

Baldersbrau
Bladersbrau Street
Reykjavik, Iceland

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Where else in the world can you eat Whale? 10 years ago, before the moritorium on Whaling, the restaurant obtained Whale meat (yes, it's 10 years old). You have to at least try it. Whale steaks taste a bit like beef and are very tender. Any of the fish dishes are excellent as fishing is the main industry in Iceland - you are guaranteed to get the freshest fish available. The restaurant is small and cozy and very popular with locals. You can dine outdoors in the summer. Have your Hotel make your dinner reservations or call them directly, but be punctual - having eaten there twice in three days, I was able to get in only because some other people were a few minutes late for their reservation.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 13, 2000

Thrir Frakkar Hja Ulfari
Baldursgotu 14
Reykjavik, Iceland
552-3939

Geysir

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Attraction

Geysir Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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The spot is named for the original spouting hot spring, Geysir, which is dormant now. The park is a famous geothermal area. The 'new' spring erupts quite regularly (about every 6 minutes). The height can reach 100m (300ft). A walking tour lets you get very close to bubbling cauldrons of water that are heated from the volcanic activity beneath. Depending on seismic activity in the region, the hot springs react differently. Maybe it's just folklore, but the locals observe the hot springs to predict earthquakes and volcanic eruptions elsewhere in Iceland.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 13, 2000

Geysir
Geysir
Reykjavik, Iceland

Golden Falls (Gullfoss)

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Attraction | "Gullfoss"

Golden Falls (Gullfoss) Photo, Iceland, Europe
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A beautiful series of waterfalls located along the 'Golden Circle' tour of S.W. Iceland. It is well worth the trip to this remote National Park, but bring food and water with you as there are very few amenities along the way. If you travel in the winter, dress for extreme conditions. The winds from the mountains and through the valleys can blow a steady 40mph with higher gusts; coupled with zero temperatures, this will test the heartiest of cold weather lovers.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 13, 2000

Golden Falls (Gullfoss)
White River
Geysir

Icelandic Wares

Attraction

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Kringlan is known as 'The Mall.' That's because it is the only mall in Iceland. Woolens are a big item you will find everywhere, and if you live in a cold climate, you need Icelandic wool. Islandia specializes in Icelandic Handicrafts. Any purchases you make are duty free; you will be given a reciept that you will present to the bank at Keflavik Airport on your departure for a refund of taxes paid. The Hard Rock Cafe is located in Kringlan Mall. Local beer and Vodka are very good. While walking through the City Center, there are a host of specialty shops selling Icelandic wares. Up the hill from the center is the Tourist office (very helpful in planning day trips, etc.)...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 14, 2000

Icelandic Wares
Kringlan Shopping Mall / City Center
Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik City

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Rykjavik Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Although there was a lot of snow on them while I was there (the worst snow storm in 20 years), what you will see on postcards, or during a trip in the summer, is that the roofs of Reykjavik are very picturesque and colorful. You will notice in the winter that there is no smoke from fireplaces. The air is very clean. Unlike most of Northern Europe, Icelanders enjoy very large windows in their homes. It is almost striking to be in Europe with houses that have such large windows. Both the lack of fireplaces and large windows are attributed to the fact that all of the heat for the City comes from hot water that is piped from geothermal springs. Reykjavik is the closest Europ...Read More