Date of stay: May 2011
Where you stayed: Loftleidir Icelandair Hotel
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned package tour
Reykjavik is located in south western Iceland and it’s the capital city. We booked this trip as a package holiday through Icelandair. The package was called Blue Lagoon City Break and included flights, accommodation and a return trip to the Blue Lagoon, this cost £570 for two people. You can book this tour and others directly through the Icelandair website.
One thing you will notice about Reykjavik is how beautiful it is and the locals are very friendly. When we were there in early May it got dark around 4pm which took a little to get used to.
Overall our stay at the Loftelidir Icelandair Hotel was good and the staff were very helpful. Tours can be booked directly though the hotel booking office for reasonable prices, there’s a catalogue to look over and the majority include hotel pick ups. We chose a whale watching tour and the Golden Circle Tour (Geysir and Strokkur hot springs, Charming village of Hveragerdi , Gulfoss waterfall). Many other tours are available including horse riding.
Both of the above tours we’d recommended, we saw a number of Whales and Dolphins (Minke and Porpoises) as well as other sea life (Seals and Puffins) during the Whale watching tour and the Golden Circle tour was also a great experience, see the Geysirs and Gulfoss Waterfall images below.
Temperatures when we visited were mild but nothing to different to the UK winters and our visit to the Blue Lagoon was definitely welcoming to relax in the open hot pools. They say the Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland and were glad we had a chance to visit.
Points to highlight:
We found two good pubs in the city centre that offered great food and a good atmosphere with plenty of locals and tourists. You’ll stumble across both when walking around the city or simply ask someone to point to you in the direction of the Dubliner or The English Pub.
If you have the time, there are various tours which take you to the other side of the island by air. We wish that we had the time to explore the south coast and Jokulsarlon but simply ran out of time, but a great excuse for another holiday back to Iceland.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Overall destination rating: 4.5 out of 5
By: Nick & Jackie