Reykjavik Journals

Eating, sleeping and praying in Reykjavik

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A June 2005 trip to Reykjavik by MichaelJM

Church of Hallgrimur (Hallgrimskirkja) Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland More Photos
Quote: Iceland is a place we'd always fancied, and Reykjavik was our first stop. Read about where we ate, slept, and what we saw in the first 24 hours of our stay on the island.

Eating, sleeping and praying in Reykjavik

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Overview

Reykjavik Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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One of the memorable features of Iceland is its proliferation of bird life. Although we’re not bird-watchers, we quickly found ourselves entranced by the antics of the Oyster Catcher, as it comically walked to distract us from its young chick. The ringed plover, well disguised against the Icelandic vegetation, darted, sometimes at breakneck speed, across the ground whilst the black-tailed godwit stood still in the marshes of the fjord. There were numerous types of gulls, and we watched swans, geese, and waterfowl strut their stuff. Őskjuhlío offered stupendous views of Reykavik and the surrounding countryside, and it’s well worth parking your car at the summit and having a wander around. The ou...Read More

Reykjavik Guest House

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Hotel

Oystercatcher Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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The directions to the Reykjavik Guest House were woefully inadequate, and it did not help that we had been awake for 17 hours and were tired and driving in a strange country with alien street names (many very similar) with a map designed for those with particularly good eyesight. Thankfully, we’d told the owners that we would be late, and they would, we were sure, be geared up for the late flights into their country. Finally, we arrived and were able to park in the on-street parking just outside the door to the guesthouse. We rang the doorbell several times. No answer was the reply! In desperation, I tried the door, and it was open – "hello" we shouted, but still no answer. I went down the stairs that...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 25, 2005

Reykjavik Guest House
Solvallagata 49
Reykjavik, Iceland

Perlan

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Restaurant

Perlan Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Őskjuhlío is due east of Reykjavik’s domestic airport and seems uninspiring from a distance. However, these space-age towers are well worth exploring, as they are both functional and tourist attractions. Each of the grey containers holds 4000 litres of water at 80ºC for the town’s dwellings, swimming pools, and offices. At top of this building is the Perlan, an expensive and fashionable revolving restaurant. We decided, having checked out the menu, to throw caution to the wind and eat at the Perlan. The lift took us speedily to the top floor, and we were immediately greeted and escorted to our table. We were seated on comfortable chairs at a table with a crisp white tablecloth, sparkling glasses...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 27, 2005

Perlan
Oskjuhlio 103
Reykjavik, Iceland

Pasta Basta

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Restaurant

Reykjavik Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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We stumbled into the Pasta Basta, just off the main high street on Klapparstigus - it had begun to rain very heavily, and we were desperate to eat before getting drenched. Fate had brought us her,e and it seemed that this restaurant was as good as anywhere. It is housed in an extended Reykjavik dwelling on Klapparstigur, just off the main shopping street. Although it was not full of activity, this Italian bistro had a "busy feel" to it and loads of ambience. We were guided through the pub/diner area up a small set of stairs into the restaurant’s additional feature (a conservatory). Having chosen our table, we were able to watch the rain bouncing off the windows and could only speculate ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 28, 2005

Pasta Basta
Klapparstígur 38, 101
Reykjavik, Iceland
+354 561 3131

Church of Hallgrimur (Hallgrimskirkja)

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Attraction | "Hallgrímskirkja Church"

Church of Hallgrimur (Hallgrimskirkja) Photo, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reykjavik’s Hallgrimskirkja is world-renowned and is an interesting architectural feature of the town’s skyline. Walking up the main street this great building looms in front of you; its central tower seemingly supported by the shaped "organ pipes" that make its appearance so memorable. A lone statue (donated by USA in 1930 to mark 1000 years of the Icelandic parliament) of Leifur Eriksson, "Discoverer of America", guards the front, dwarfed by the majesty of the symbolically white church with its 73 metre tall steeple. It’s a fair walk from the statue to the front doors and once pushed you should try to look beyond the entrance hall into the main body of the church. The modern church has a bri...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 26, 2005

Church of Hallgrimur (Hallgrimskirkja)
Downtown
Reykjavik, Iceland