Iceland Journals

Weekend in Iceland

An August 2006 trip to Iceland by zeerina

Quote: A 3-night stay in Iceland, 2 nights in Reykjavik at a budget guesthouse and 1 night at the Blue lagoon.
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This guesthouse/hostel is in a brilliant location; you are not very far from the harbour if you want to go whale watching, it's just down the road from the tourist information center, and it's a stone's throw from the centre of the city. Plus, it is sooo cheap. Okay, so you have to share bathrooms, but that's not really a big hardship. The rooms are clean, the staff was helpful, and there's a breakfast room/lounge where you can go. The walls are thin, though, and if you are a light sleeper, I would recommend taking earplugs.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Salvation Army Guesthouse
Kirkjustraeti 2
Reykjavik, Iceland 101
354 561 3203

Blue Lagoon-The Clinic

Hotel | "The Clinic - The Blue Lagoon"

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Absolutely beautiful!! The Clinic is located about 400m away from The Blue Lagoon; you get to it via a little path through the lava fields. It provides accommodation and also offers treatments. It's a very modern building, all wood and white bed linen, leather seats, big windows, etc. If minimal is your thing, you will love it. Each room has a small deck area outside that looks out onto the lava fields. It is sooooo peaceful and calming. There's also a lounge area with a TV and free Internet access.I didn't want to come home and will definitely stay there again at some point. If, like me and my friends, you have booked a few nights in a hostel, stay your last night here and then go to the Blue Lago...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Blue Lagoon-The Clinic
Grindavík
Iceland
354 420 8800

The Lava Restaurant at The Blue Lagoon

Restaurant | "The Restaurant - The Blue Lagoon"

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The Blue Lagoon has two eating areas, a self-service cafe area and a restaurant. We chose to eat at the restaurant. Although both eating areas are kind of side by side and not far from the area where you pay to access the spa area, the atmosphere is still very serene.The food was very tasty. I had salt cod with vegetables, which was delicious. One of my friends had the tuna and other the veggie burrito; both said they were delicious. They also had a glass of the house wine, one had red and the other had white. I can't comment because I don't drink, but they were very happy with them and said it was far superior to the rubbish they usually serve in English restaurants when you ask for the house wine...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

The Lava Restaurant at The Blue Lagoon
240 Grindavík
Iceland
354 420 8815

Kebab Husid

Restaurant | "Kebabhusid"

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Best fish-and-chips in the world! Well, the fish was. (England does the best chips, in my opinion, but the chips we got were okay.)

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Kebab Husid
Grensasvegur 3
Reykjavik
354 588 2020

Golden Circle

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Attraction | "Gullfoss, Pingvellir & Geysir Tour"

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This tour is usually know as the Golden Circle tour. There are a few tour companies running pretty much the same tour. We went to the tourist information, and they couldn't get us on the tour we wanted, but she asked us if it would be okay to book us on a different one that was cheaper! Of course, we were happy. We went because it seemed like one of the things to do if you visit Reykjavik. I was looking forward to it, as I prefer the natural environment to built-up areas, but to be honest, the guidebooks don't make it sound quite as beautiful as it actually is.We were picked up at 12:30pm at our hostel, taken to meet the coach, and then departed at 1pm, and we returned at 7:30pm and again were drop...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Golden Circle
Southwest Iceland
Reykjavik, Iceland

Impressions of Iceland

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Story/Tip

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My visit to Iceland was pretty short, but I saw enough of it to know that I want to go back. The air and the water are so clean, as is the pavement, even after a raucous Saturday night that left the city strewn with litter: the next morning, by 9am, most of it had been cleaned away. Sometimes the people seem little bit distracted, but they are generally very nice and will happily talk to you. I put the distraction down to the fact that they are being very efficient at whatever they are doing. Everything seemed to run like clockwork. No pick-up was ever late. There's lots to do in Reykjavik, not only city-type things such as art galleries and museums, but also opportunities for pony tre...Read More