iceland pt 1

The main reason why Mr Weiss and I found ourselves in Iceland after our QM2 voyage was well we had to find a way back to NYC and it just so happens Iceland Air is running some very cheap tickets in and out of Iceland.  We paid $365.00 pp to fly Heathrow-Reykjavik-JFK, a pretty great price right.  So we thought we’d have a quick 4 day mosey around the place to see what the what is there.  What the what is right, Iceland is an utterly amazing, crazy, weird, disorientating, expensive, eye popping spectacular place.  Needless to say we loved it and will at some stage love to revisit, maybe in summer when the light is available for more than a few measly hours a day.

We stayed at the Blue Lagoon on our first night, which was totally awesome and a great deal.  135E per night, in a super lux room, full breakfast included, your own private lagoon area plus general admission for two into the Blue Lagoon.  We loved it so much we went back for a few hours before getting our flight back to NYC,  I also carted back a suitcase full of BL beauty products.

This giant geothermal pool is the ultimate natural spa, with lunar black lava rock as a backdrop it is truly a spectacular setting.  The blue/green algae present in the water is said to have numerous benefits for the skin.

the idea is that you float about in this hot aqua blue colored milky water, slather yourself in silica mud, which leaves your skin as smooth as a baby’s botty.  There are also steam rooms, saunas, water massage, relaxation rooms, a cafe and numerous nooks and crannies for you to just retreat into.

After we could tear ourselves away from this relaxation and somewhat prunier we headed into Reykjavik to settle as a base for 2 nights.  First night we stayed at Hotel Bjork (well I had to with this famous moniker).  Which was okay, nothing special, a great deal though, we got the CBS (cheap bastard special) of 47E for the night and again, as it seems with everywhere in Iceland, breakfast is included and its not some stingy dry old pastries and whatnot, it is a full spread.  Fruit, cheeses, different cured meats and fish, different types of breads, boiled eggs, cereal,  skyr (obsessed with this stuff), here it’s Siggi’s brand yogurt which is EXPENSIVE, there it’s mad cheap. Yup you can tell the Icelandic people take their breakfast’s seriously.

Second night we rented an apartment from Apartment K and this was AWESOME, I would totally recommend doing this, we got the last available one which was a huge two bedroom, living room, big ass t.v, kitchen, flash bathroom, wifi etc for 99E for the night.  I wish we could have stayed longer.

great coffee…. which is hardly surprising with the amount of light they are restricted to in winter time, you need all the help you can get to get out of bed and greet this when its still pitch black outside.

We only spent a couple of hours each day in Reykjavik as Mr Weiss and I were more interested in seeing as much of the crazy countryside than walking around the city streets and we weren’t really looking to go shopping, merchandise is pretty expensive in Iceland as everything is made there.

We had a great cheap dinner at Icelandic Fish & Chips, situated right across from the harbor,  fresh fish battered with spelt and barley flours, so it’s light and crisp,  served with a variety of dipping sauces.  Be warned though you can get totally fleeced eating out in Iceland, the fancier restaurants charge $55US and up for a main course and it is unfortunately not worth the money.  We rented a car for the 5 days we were there and did some day trips outside Reykjavik.  Tomorrow stay tuned for the very spectacular Golden Circle Tour, it’s a real show stopper along with the “Jewish John Wayne” that’s right Mr Weiss goes Icelandic Horseback riding.

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4 Comments

  1. Janet Hale
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    I am turning green with envy;-) I’ll have to use a conversion chart to see how much you spent in US monies. I am shocked that your sleeping arrangements and flights were so cheap, lucky you!

  2. Vidya
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that’s awesome, I’m totally jealous. Iceland is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, looking forward to part 2!

  3. Posted February 5, 2010 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Oh wow, I must go!

  4. Posted February 17, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    beautiful!


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