Festival of the Sea

Last day in Iceland, we asked the 9 year old what he wanted to do this morning – his reply – swimming (outside).  It was freezing cold and raining, not what I would have advised.  Still, we had asked… We walked out to Laugardalur (apparently this means Spring Valley) and is a major area for…

Harpa and the Harbour

Today’s plan was a ferry trip to Videy Island – a nature reserve with beaches, bicycles (free to use) and sculptures, including Yoko Ono’s Peace Tower.  We enjoyed a leisurely morning – the ferry leaves at midday, so an early start was not necessary.  This suited the 9 year old – bed after midnight and…

Horses and Hafnarfjordur

When I was in trip-planning mode, everywhere I looked recommended horse-riding.  Pure bred, Viking horses exclusive to Iceland – gentle temperament, small, smooth gait, easy to ride, that sounded good.  Then they described exploring the lava fields and natural wonders on horseback.  That sounded perfect.  I found a company called Ishetar which seemed to have…

Seltun Hot Springs

On our last day with the hire car, we awoke to grey skies and heavy rain (not much different to every other day in Iceland for us).  Undeterred, we set out to make the most of our last day “with wheels.”  A previous plan to visit hot springs at Seltun was abandoned when we missed…

Apartment Rental in Reykjavik

To rent or not to rent, that was our question.  We dithered and couldn’t decide between the hotel or apartment option for Reykjavik.  Eventually we came to a decision – rent an apartment for the week.  At least that way, even if the 9 year old displayed his worst faddy eating habits, we could ensure…

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon – the most famous geothermal spa in Iceland and possibly the most touristy thing to do in the whole of the country.  Every tourist seems to go there, every piece of literature talks about it, all the tour buses call here (some even on their way to and from the airport) and…

Gunnuhver Hot Springs

The 9 year old has become fascinated with the idea of geothermal power – when he spotted a geothermal power station on a leaflet as a visitor attraction, he pestered us to go there and check it out.  Bit of a strange interest, but we figured we should “indulge” him and visit this place. We…