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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Iceland Day 1 - Arriving and City Walk!

After spending a great time in London City, finally here we are, arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland, for our main adventure. Iceland, a country full of brilliant natural light (the northern light) and gorgeous landscapes. On our six day tour of southern Iceland, we will be hiking through Skaftafell National Park, an excursion to Westman Island, going around the ice glacier lake of Jokulsarlon, soaking in the geothermal pool of the Blue Lagoon, enjoying the lively cultures and landscapes of Vik and many more outdoor adventures through its awe-inspring landscapes.

Got our FlyBus Tix! (ISK 2800) Direct to Hotel!

We arrived in Keflavik International Airport (KEF) about an hour from the capital, Reykjavik. Access to the city is easy with the 24hours FlyBus service. With direct to hotel drop/pickup. Very convenient. Fyi, is not advisable to get Icelandic Krona (ISK, local currency) as i believed not many money exchange shops have them. You will have difficult time trying to change back the ISK if you have balance after your trip. Rest assured that in Iceland, everywhere accepts credit cards. Even at smaller cities are the same.

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (ISK 16,545/night), Nautholsvegur 52, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland. Featuring standard accommodations with a choice of one double bed or two twin beds (based on availability), TV, sitting areas, safe and toiletries. Having a bus stop directly outside, even providing free bus pass for your easy travel around Reykjavik City. Highly recommended.

On our first day we will be checking out the Reykjavik City. The city will be a little quiet due to Winter Season and was dizzling. But no rain will stop us!

Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. Towns are pretty small but colourful and modern. Nice to walk around as the place is small, everywhere is close by. Famous for whale watching (we skipped this) where you can buy the whale watching tours at the old habour at city center.

The Harpa Concert Hall

One beautiful building along the seashore. Where major music events and conference are held in the city.

The Hallgrimskirkja Church

One of Reykjavik main landmark and its beautiful chuch tower can be seen from almost anywhere in the city center.

Another lovely travel day. We were supposed to have the Northen Light Excursion tonight but the weather was bad. Therefore, in Iceland, if the experts are unable to predict that there will be an Northern Light happening, all excursion will be kept on hold or cancelled. 

The next day we will be having a full day excursion of The Golden Circle / Thingvellir National Park.

Iceland Day 1... End...


suituapui said...

Looks like a cold day but I know I would love it - I'm well-padded, plenty of insulation, no problem. :D

Nancy Chan said...

That is a very unique church tower. Both inside and outside the church is very beautiful.

Adam said...

I always heard Iceland was a very interesting country

mun said...

Did you join a packaged tour to Iceland or go on your own? How come you choose to skip the whale watching? Is it not in season at that time? Thanks for showing us Iceland through both your eyes. I don't think I will ever go there because I am scared of cold.

The Yum List said...

I've always wanted to visit. I'd have to pick the timing carefully however as I'm not fond of the cold.

Mabel Kwong said...

As suituapui said, it did look like a cold day there. The two of you certainly looked rugged up! But your faces don't look red from cold :D Pity to hear about the Northern Lights expedition. I'm sure it would have been a great trip. Interesting to hear the place is sparsely populated. Perhaps that means not many crowds around, less pushing and shoving when it comes to getting around :D

Irvine Chin said...

Suatuapui very funny of u haha. Yup love the cold weather :)

Hi Nancy, yes that's the highligh of Reykjavik. Very beautiful church.

Adam indeed. Very interesting. Lovely, peaceful and beautiful!

Hi Mun we were on a tour. However we were there earlier for our own adventure. Now is the quite-right season, not the best, The whale watching does not guarantee that you can have a good experinece. You may not see anything, perhaps just the tail of the whale while it is running from the boat by swimming downwards!. Further bad weather, the windy weather and rough sea is really overpowering. Not to say expensive boat rides. Therefore, we skipped it. For your info, it is surprising that Iceland is not as cold as Hokkaido, Japan. Iceland is somehow shielded by a huge mountain along the northern side, therefore, cold nothern winds were blocked.

Hi Mabel absolutely right. Somewhere when you enjoy a peaceful time :) far from what we usually experience in the city.

Merryn said...

Very nice. Love all your pictures. It looks cold and quiet. I would skip the whale watching too if I were you.

Irvine Chin said...

Hi Merryn, yup, winter always queit. especially it was raining! But we cant waste time indoors, so lets get wet :D

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