Let me just say, first and foremost, that Iceland has never been one of those places on my top 10 list. Sure they've got cool geothermal pools and such, but a place that looks like the moon, that has got sunlight 18 hours a day in the height of winter? Eh....
I have to say? I might reconsider after being there for a grand total of 25 hours.
The international airport is located in Keflavik--about 30 miles outside of the city of Reykjavik. Our hotel was located about 5 miles from the airport, about a 1/2 mile walk into Keflavik. So, easy drive from the airport and easy walk into town. Our hotel, Hotel Berg, had free shuttle service to and from the airport. It was great!!
This is the hotel mascot, Thomas (pronounced Toe-moss):
The day we arrived it was quite windy. As I posted on instegram: those white caps are no joke! Here was the view from our room:
And the crazy wind off of the North Atlantic:
I get sea sick just looking at it from the shore! ha!
While we were in town, NOTHING was open. The operating hours? 12-5 p.m.. That's it. So, for our time there, we missed going into any stores or even the visitors center. We did have dinner at one of the nicer restaurants in town and had incredible filet of cod...it was really, really, good. This sculpture was outside of the restaurant and while I have no idea what it is about, it is pretty cool:
Sadly, though, there wasn't much to see. We could have taken the bus into Reykjavik but were concerned that we wouldn't get back in time for our flight. So, we hung out at the hotel. We got dropped off a little early, but we didn't mind. We did notice that the airport was much like the town--shops were only open at specific times, and we concluded that they were open when flights were arriving/departing. We did grab some lunch while we waited and I got a chuckle out of the packaging:
Would we go back?
Yes. But we'd want to do a tour of some sort rather than scout out things on our own.
Our recap of the trip is over!
Thanks for following along.....