Guest Post by Lindsey Birch
What a day! After flying with EasyJet we were picked up by Reykjavik Excursions to be taken straight to our hotel. We were able to check-in early (10am!) and our room is really comfortable. It also has Wi-Fi which is handy as it helped us with getting ready to explore the local area.
The weather was a bit dull and cloudy (and cold, of course!) but the weather is typically unpredictable in Iceland. We walked for about 25 minutes until we reached the main centre; we then browsed the unique shops and chilled out in a café bar. We also went to the harbour.
On the way back to our hotel we discovered delicious Icelandic beer. Although the prices are steeper than in the UK (approx. £5 per pint), most bars have happy hours at around 4-7pm as the locals tend to go out early.
We had planned to see the Northern Lights but the tour was unfortunately cancelled due to the likelihood of poor visibility – fingers crossed we’ll see them at some point on our trip! We ended the evening by having a posh burger and chips which was really lovely, good quality food. The meal was approx. £14 each. Looking forward to tomorrow’s activities!
We started the day by tucking into a fresh breakfast. We got up quite early so we were ready to be picked up for the Golden Circle Tour with Reykjavik Excursions from our hotel. As we travelled we saw stunning views of snow-capped mountains, which were the first of the season according to our tour guide! The surrounding landscape was eerily beautiful. The first stop was the Geyser and we saw the bubbling water holes which were fascinating.
Next we arrived at the Gulfoss waterfalls in bright sunshine – we could even see glaciers in the distance! However, as we started to walk down to the falls themselves the heavens opened – hailstones, wind, rain… you name it! The falls were magnificent and thankfully on the way back the sun popped out again as well as a rainbow.
Our last stop was the Pingvellir National Park; a popular destination due to the fact that Game of Thrones is often filmed here. We were overwhelmed by the amazing vibrant autumnal colours, and everywhere you looked you could see a different spectacular view with the light changing all the time. We wished we could have stayed longer to explore the volcanic landscape.
After a really wonderful day out we arrived back at the hotel at around 6:30pm. We went to Harrys Restaurant next door and tasted fish and chips to die for. We were then picked up for seeing the Northern Lights (yay!). On route our guide informed us that it was unlikely that we’d see them due to various factors. We stood around for a long time in the freezing cold but, just as I was about to give up hope, we saw the lights! They weren’t as colourful as they could be but it was still an experience worth having.
Feeling inspired? Follow the rest of Lindsey’s journey with ‘The Reykjavik Diaries: Part 2’…