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Report 1995: Reykjavik and the Golden Circle
By Eleanor from UK, Summer 2008
Trip Description: Report of three days spent in and around Reykjavik on the way to East Greenland in early July 2008
Destinations: Countries - Other Countries
Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Day Tours; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 2 People
Page 1 of 4: Background Information
We visited West Greenland in 2007 and the scenery and overall experience blew us away. We planned a visit to East Greenland. As flights leave from Reykjavik Domestic Airport we decided to add three nights in Reykjavik to the itinerary which would give us opportunity to see something of the Reykjavik area.
We spent time around Reykjavik and the Open air museum.
We were keen to do the Golden Circle tour and arranged a taxi for the day through the hotel at a prefixed cost. This was more expensive than signing up for a bus tour. It did mean we could have as long as we wanted at the different sights and we could visit the Norse Farm settlement at Stong, which is not part of the tour itinerary.
We stopped at Icelandair Hotel Loftleidir (which is now called Icelandair Hotels). It is on the edge of Reykjavik's domestic airport but on the opposite side to the terminal. It is a large, busy tourist hotel. The city centre is about 30 minutes, pleasant walk. There is a rather infrequent (and small) courtesy bus service from the hotel. A city bus which goes to the top end of the shopping street stops just outside the hotel. Staff were friendly and helpful. We had a large comfortable room. Some rooms overlook the private aircraft apron which could be noisy at times. Breakfast is a good buffet, but does get very busy. There are large notices warning guests they would be charged for taking food out of the breakfast room for lunch.
Perlan is close by and it is a pleasant walk from the hotel up through the woods.
We didnĺt visit the Blue Lagoon (not our thing). Having spent two weeks in East Iceland the previous year, we found the area around Reykjavik a lot more built up. We enjoyed our day round the Golden Ring, but overall felt that scenically the immediate area round Reykjavik is not as good as other parts of Iceland.
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