Guesthouse BB 44

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Conversation between baby-carriages ;)Conversation between baby-carriages ;)

One of the Icleandic Yulelads.One of the Icleandic Yulelads.

The god Óðinn.The god Óðinn.

The hot-dog stall next to the pool.The hot-dog stall next to the pool.

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Arrival & Departure Terminals at KAF

by Lynn57520

I have a connecting flight to London. Will 1 hr between flights be sufficient time to make connection? Is it difficult to transfer from arrival terminal to departure terminal? What language are airport signs? English?

Re: Arrival & Departure Terminals at KAF

by Flying.Scotsman

We changed planes at Reykjavik airport in October 2009. On the plus side, it is a very small airport as you can see from the map:
I can't remember any problems with signs, so they must have had English directions as there are many flights to the UK, US and Canada.
However, remember, you should check in for your London flight probably at least an hour before the departure time (check your flight information) with your luggage (unless they are booked through to London, or you have hand luggage only) and flights often don't arrive on time. Also, Reykjavik Airport appeared to be a part time airport and facilities seemed to be available only when needed. If you are flying the same airline in and out of Rekjavik (probably Iceland Air) then I would certainly ask them for advice. I know many airlines advise a 2 hour minimum between connecting flights. Hope this helps and isn't seen as being negative, but missing a flight can be a bigger problem than having to sit in an airport for a few hours or staying in an airport hotel. Have a good journey. Bruce

Re: Arrival & Departure Terminals at KAF

by Oregonguy

You should be okay..

Keflavik airport is quite small. On our visit we also found the processes to be speedy too, we checked in at the ticket counter and went thru security in 15 minutes. (maybe that was just a good day).

The gates are close together. All signage is in English and Icelandic.

Re: Arrival & Departure Terminals at KAF

by xymmot

True it is a small airport and 1 hr is plenty of time.Just hope that your plane comes in on time. Cheers Tommy x

Re: Arrival & Departure Terminals at KAF

by Odinnthor

Let me just clarify the airports here as both names are given above. The International Airport is Keflavik Airport, and it is 40 miles from Reykjavik. The Reykjavik Airport is a small airport in the city of Reykjavik and only has internal flights.

Look at the map given in the first response, it shows just how easy the transfer it. You really have no worries, - and the signs are also in English. Have good trip.

Re: Arrival & Departure Terminals at KAF

by Fluffy_bunny

I made a 45 minute connection with 30 minutes to shop.

Re: Arrival & Departure Terminals at KAF

by Regina1965

Indeed, our Keflavík airport is very small with good directions. No need to worry about it, you will make it.

Travel Tips for Reykjavík

Are You Kidding Me?!?!?!

by Jmill42

Reykjavik is the 4th most expensive city in the world. I didn't really grasp that until I worked out the conversion for my first cappucino... 9 USD!!! No joke, It wasn't even a "special" cappucino, just a normal run-of-the-mill cap. True to backpacker form, I bought most of my food in the supermarkets and went to pubs that offered drink specials, because, believe me, going to restaurants and bars are two of the most expensive things you can subject your wallet to.

Nevertheless, this city with all of its unique features and surroundings is worth every penny, kopek, ruble, whatever...

Look for the line

by acemj

I'm no expert on the nightlife of Reykjavik, but I can tell you that it's pretty notorious and that it's THE reason that many people come to Iceland. With that in mind, you can rest assured that the hottest clubs are going to change over time and your guidebook or a VT page isn't necessarily going to steer you in the right direction by the time you actually get to Reykjavik. My advice is to go to any old bar early on in the evening (9 or 10pm) and ask some locals what's going on. Secondly, if you want to feel comfortable going out in Reykjavik, bring the right clothes; people do dress to impress. But, most importantly, just go out and look for the lines in front of the bars. If there is a good band playing or things are really hoppin' in a certain venue, you can be sure that the line will be long.

Unattended baby-carriages.

by Regina1965

Don't get startled if you see an unattended baby-carriage in front of cafés or shops. This is very common here in Reykjavík and around Iceland. As babies we sleep outside in the baby-carriage, this is almost a rule here. We bundle the babies up and leave them outside our house, even in minus temperatures, maybe this custom is to toughen up the babies. But this makes us oblivious to draughts later in life, I think, and most of us want to sleep with an open window. Is there a correlation? I think so.

But I know that some foreign guests here get startled when seeing an unattended baby-carriage standing in front of a store, but don't, they are ok. I remember a Scandinavian woman leaving her baby-carriage outside a café in New York and she got arrested for it. So this custom might be approved in Scandinavia as well?

What I don't like though is when they baby is left unattended in the baby-carriage in front of a store and wakes up and is crying its lungs out, that always bothers me.

The photo I add I found in one of our news-papers. It is of me and my girlfriend in Café Paris and two baby-carriages outside the window. Written under the photo is "conversation between baby-carriages". These were not our baby-carriages and we hadn't even noticed them there ;)

The diet of the Vikings.

by Regina1965

There is a new research (winter of 2010) which shows that the diet of the Vikings seemed to have been both healthy and slimming. They apparently lived on fish, especially salmon and trout from the rivers and herring. They ate reindeer meat and wild-berries and they grew cabbage.

Now this new research doesn´t seem to fit what the Vikings ate here in Iceland. Here there were no reindeers until they were imported in the 20th century. And in the Sagas there are tales about the farm-animals which the Vikings brought with them to Iceland. The Vikings brought with them sheep, so there have been free-roaming sheep here since the Settlement. And they brought goats with them as well and cattle and eating beef was very common back then. And they brought horses with them and horsemeat was eaten. And they brought with them wild boar as well.

For sure they had salmon and trout, but living on an island at least the people living close to the coast also had cod, haddock and halibut plus many more species of fish from the ocean. Yes, and whale and seals.

They also brought with them colourful chicken, which we now call "Landmámshænur" or Settlement chicken. And they ate ptarmigan and puffin as well and bird eggs. Goose bones have been found in old Viking graves. And the Sagas tell about them eating all kinds of birds apart from birds of prey and the raven (which is a passerine). The raven is a very common bird here in Iceland.

They Vikings ate wild-berries, which are in abundance here in Iceland and they grew some kinds of vegetables and ate Iceland moss, angelica and dulse. And of course they had milk and dairy products from the cows.

And there was grain-farming in the first centuries of the Settlement. The climate was milder back then so it was possible to get a decent harvest back then. Maybe the climate back then was similar to the new climate (caused by global warming) here in Iceland, where we experience warmer summers. It wasn't until 1980 that it was possible to grow grain here again.

A district with streets named after the Vikings.

by Regina1965

There is a district in Reykjavík called Norðurmýri or "The North swamp" where all the streets are named after Vikings from our Sagas.

This district is in the city center - east of Snorrabraut, west of Rauðarárstígur and south of Miklabraut and north of Laugavegur.

The streets are named after Vikings in the Sagas Landnáma, Laxdæla and Njála and Grettir. Auðarstræti after Auður djúpúðga, Bollagata, Guðrúnargata and Kjartansgata named after Bolli, Guðrún and Kjartan in Laxdæla Sagas, Gunnarsbraut named after Gunnar in Hlíðarendi, Hrefnugata, Karlagata, Mánagata, Skarphéðinsgata, Skeggjagata and Vífilsgata, and parts of Flókagata, Njálsgata, and Grettisgata named after Grettir the strong Ásmundarson from Grettis Saga. Egilsgata named after Egill Skallagrímsson from Egils Saga, Leifsgata named after Leifur the lucky Eiríkssson and Eiríksgata named after Eirík the Red, the father of Leifur the lucky.

The photos I add are taken in the exhibition on the ground floor of Þjóðmenningarhúsið The Culture House.


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