Reykjavik Journals

Iceland 2005

A February 2005 trip to Reykjavik by NCHammerhead

Blue Lagoon (Geothermal Spa) Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland More Photos
Quote: A journal of our trip to Reykjavik, Iceland: the places we went, the things we saw, and the activities we did.

Nordica Hotel

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

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This hotel seems to be a popular one for American tourists, which means that its easy to find people from home to chat with. The room was clean and decent-sized, if not a bit minimalist. After a long trans-Atlantic flight, it did take us several minutes to figure out how the shower worked, but I blame our fatigue, not the design. We were on the third floor and were kept up one night by a live band playing at some event on the first floor. I recommend trying to get a higher floor. The hotel's daily breakfast buffet was very complete, offering fruit, meat and cheese, croissants and pastries, eggs, bacon, sausage, a variety of cereals, and more. You can also help yourself to a healthy gl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2005

Nordica Hotel
SADURLANDSBRAUT 2
Reykjavik, Iceland
354-444-5000

Vox Restaurant

Restaurant

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Vox Restaurant, located within the Nordica Hotel, offers modern European cuisine in a very upscale setting. The food was outstanding, and the service was first-class. As someone who is not accustomed to fine dining, I was impressed with the waiter, who very deliberately identified every item on the plate and was very attentive throughout the meal. He also provided complimentary samples of a king crab appetizer and a creme brulee dessert. We started the meal with sauteed fresh herring in an almond crust. For my entree, I ordered the chocolate-glazed wild duck, and for dessert, the glazed pears with honey ice cream. We made our reservations online through the restaurant's website (www.voxrestaurant.com)...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2005

Vox Restaurant
Nordica Hotel, Sudurlandsbraut 2
Reykjavik, Iceland 108
(354) 444-5050

Laekjarbrekka

Restaurant

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This restaurant is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Reykjavik, orginially built in 1834. From the exterior, you may not expect to find fine dining, but you would be wrong. After the meal, the waiter invited us to enjoy our coffee and dessert in the upstairs part of the restaurant, which houses a small living room, complete with comfortable couches and chairs, coffee tables, and an intimate atmosphere for quiet conversation. Having eaten early in the evening, we were fortunate that we were the only patrons in the upstairs for a while, but eventually others drifted in. On our next trip to Iceland, we will seek out new places to eat, but we will probably include a return trip to Laekjarbrekka.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 20, 2005

Laekjarbrekka
Bankastraeti 2
Reykjavik, Iceland 101
551-4430

Geysir

Attraction | "Gullfoss-Geysir Direct Tour"

Geysir Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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We visited Kerid Crater, Geysir, and Gullfoss Waterfall. The tour picked us up at our hotel at 11am and returned us at approximately 5pm. Our first stop was at Kerid Crater, which is not much more than a big hole in the ground, but it is still impressive. You can get as close to the edge as you dare or simply spend a few minutes sitting on the viewing bench. While you're there, don't just look at the crater, but notice the landscape in all directions and take a few minutes to appreciate the fact that you are miles away from civilization. We didn't spend much time at Kerid (because how long can you spend looking at a crater?), so we boarded the bus and continued our journey to Geysir. [NOTE: The tour d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2005

Geysir
Geysir
Reykjavik, Iceland

Blue Lagoon (Geothermal Spa)

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Blue Lagoon"

Blue Lagoon (Geothermal Spa) Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Our first visit was at night, which gives the place an extra touch of romance. The spa is large, and with the steam that rises off the hot water, it is easy to find some relative privacy in some of the back corners. And there is something very breathtaking about lying out in the lagoon and looking up at a sky full of stars. For first timers, or simply for those who are more hesitant, there is an inside portion of the lagoon where you can get acclimated before moving to the outside through a special door, without having to get out of the water. The water is warm in some places, warmer in others, and in a few places, almost too hot to spend more than a few minutes--those were my favorite. [NOTE: In addi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 19, 2005

Blue Lagoon (Geothermal Spa)
Grindavik lava field, Reykjanes Peninsula
Reykjavik, Iceland

Lava Tour Horseback Riding Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Instruction from the staff was minimal, but the scenery was incredible. The best way I can describe it is to say that it was like horseback riding on the moon after a wintery snowfall. This was only the third time on horseback in my entire life, but somehow I got paired up with a horse. His name was Vindur, which the girl told me meant "the wind". That should have been my first clue that this horse would be a problem. Icelandic horses are a little smaller than ones that I had ridden previously, but they seemed more stubborn--at least this one was. Despite my best efforts, he kept his own pace, often lagging behind the rest of the group and then trotting to catch up. [NOTE: If you have never been horse...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 20, 2005

Lava Tour Horseback Riding
Ishestar Riding Center, Sorlaskeid 26
Reykjavik, Iceland

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NCHammerhead

NCHammerhead
Apex, North Carolina