Its hard to believe I was in two foot of snow last week, now I’m sat typing in the early Spring sunshine! But my boyfriend and I were most definitely in Reykjavik for four nights!
We stayed at the super stylish Kex Hostel that’s housed in an old biscuit factory looking over the sea. We were super lucky to get that sea view!
It cost us around £60 a night for a private room and we can highly recommend staying here, the restaurant and bar is a collaboration with DILL the swanky high end eaterie in the city so as you can imagine the food was delicious but more affordable!
Now had there not been so much snow we had planned to hire a car but having heard one too many near miss tales of driving in winter around Iceland we unusually took a couple of coach trips! Quite a novelty to be driven around and told what to do! It worked out great for the Blue Lagoon as we went straight to this warm day dream straight from the airport, what a way to shake off the jet lag (not that there is any as there’s no time difference with the UK!)
Now this is quite a funny spot as its actually s bi product from the power plant, it is geothermal water but it isn’t naturally occurring like other hot water spots in Iceland but it’s clean and amazing and actually helped my eczema in one visit! This is a must visit! Even though it’s mega touristy the place is super well run with an air of luxury, I was super impressed with everywhere in visited organisation wise. This nation is cool, calm and collected!
Reykjavik is the smallest easiest to navigate city, but yet has more interesting coffee shops, restaurants and bars than many places, truelly spoilt for choice! We went to Reykjavik Roasters and I had a great iced coffee that was a double espresso shaken like a cocktail over ice
The weather was pretty much a novelty, I was well prepared in my snow suit so we just enjoyed the deep drifts rather than dread it!
It was only a problem on our other coach trip, with Reykjavik Excursions, the famous Golden Circle that was to end at another geothermal spa…however the weather got extreme so we were marooned in a hotel for 5 hours while the roads recovered from the storm! We missed the spa (annoyingly no refund or alternative offered) but our driver kept us safe, thank god we weren’t driving, unless we’d been driving the above beast! I’d definitely say drive yourself if you can because some tours aren’t worth your precious time on a city break with the waiting around and chance of unrefunded cancellation, this is just my opinion and I understand Iceland relies greatly on its tourist trade but always good as a visitor to think outside the box.
Don’t get me wrong I love a tourist spot, those bubbling geysers made me giggle at ever explosion! I completely fell in love with Iceland, I can’t wait to go back in the summer to see the landscapes green rather than white, hopefully drive around camping.
It’s no secret my boyfriend and I love eating, we always pretty much plan ever meal location before we get to our holiday destination so I’ll write again about our Reykjavik eating experiences!