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13 April 2005 @ 11:44 am
Anyone been to Iceland? Any recommendations for what to see, where to go/stay, whatever?
ain't no Houellebecq girlyiskah on April 13th, 2005 11:06 am (UTC)
I went for a long weekend last September, and it was fantastic. The first night, our flight got in so late that we stayed at a place called Hotel Alex out near the airport in Keflavik - we stayed in dorm rooms but they had private rooms as well. Next day we headed to the Blue Lagoon from there (it's half-way between there and Reykjavik), which was great - total cliche but for a very good reason; highly recommended. In Reykjavik we stayed in the HI hostel, which was very nice as far as hostels go, and as far as I could tell, the ONLY cheap place to stay in Reykjavik, but it was a little way out of town.

In Reykjavik we went to the Hallgrim Church, which is worth seeing and the tower is worth going up (there's a lift!) for views over Reykjavik; we also went to the Saga Museum and to the flea market and just wandered around. One afternoon we did a whale watching trip, which was definitely worth doing, depending on when you're there (we were right at the end of whale season, but we still saw a breaching minke, which was cool). We also did a full-day tour of the 'Golden Circle' - I'm not generally a fan of tours, but it was the only way to get into the countryside without renting a car. That took us to Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss (as well as a few other places) which were worth seeing, and it was good to get out of the city, too.

mzdt posted about his trip here - he actually rented a car so was able to get a bit further out than we were.

I know that everyone'll be telling you this, but it is AMAZINGLY expensive, particularly things like food and alcohol. We didn't eat out the whole time we were there, because we just couldn't afford it. Beer was like £6 - £8; a packet of crisps was £1.30 (just to give you a general idea). BE PREPARED FOR INSANE COSTLINESS.

And have a fab time!
a very caring potatomollydot on April 13th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that. Is Keflavik handy for the Blue Lagoon? We've booked the first three nights in Keflavik, part based on proximity to the BL. We haven't book any further than that. We plan on renting a car, so I'll be studying mzdt's lj closely!

Eek! That is expensive. Oh well, if we can't have insane costliness on our honeymoon, when can we have it?

BTW, I finally finished The Three Musketeers, I just have to send it to you now. It might speed things up a little if you send me you address again, as I haven't started to look through my mail for it yet. Do you want Fires of Bride? Anything else? I've a good few new books on my shelf since we last discussed: http://www.bookcrossing.com/mybookshelf/nut
ain't no Houellebecq girlyiskah on April 13th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're renting a car - you'll be able to see so, so much more, as public transport is virtually non-existent. Yes, Keflavik is only about 10 minutes from the BL, and quite good for anywhere else in the Golden Ring as well.

Eee, books! I think I'll give the Fires of Bride a miss, but I would like Coastliners, if it's still available. I'll email you my address!
a very caring potatomollydot on April 14th, 2005 11:22 am (UTC)
Keflavik - good to know, thank you!

Coastliners - sure, reserved for you. I'll hopefully get round to sending them in the next week or so.