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Fálkahúsið - The Falcon House.Fálkahúsið - The Falcon House.

The thick booklet - Bókatíðindi (book-news)The thick booklet - Bókatíðindi (book-news)

The Icelandic coins.The Icelandic coins.

The hike up Mt. Esjan.The hike up Mt. Esjan.

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honeymoon

by duckshoes

Hi, We will be honeymooning in Iceland in late August and we were wondering if it would be best to stay in Reykjavik and do day trips for activities or tour around staying in different cities. We want to maximize our time there but also not feel rushed and forced to move along if we don't want to, however if it is going to cost an arm and a leg to stay in the capital than maybe moving around is best.

Thanks for the info

Sean

Re: honeymoon

by duckshoes

Forgot to add, we will be there for around 10 days

Re: honeymoon

by DueSer

IMO, it would be best to stay in Reyjavik and make day trips. There aren't a lot of large towns in Iceland, which makes finding accomodations difficult and the country is sized perfectly for day trips. Even though it is located on the western coast, Reykjavik is still within close range of several points of interest.

You could maybe break up your stay into two halves - stay in Reykjavik for part of the time and do day trips around there and then go up to Akureyri, the next largest city, which is located in the northern part of the country, and make that your home base for the rest of the time, doing day trips out from there.

Another option would be, if you plan on driving the ring road, stay in Reykjavik for a few days to get used to the time and the food, making day trips to the Reykjanes Peninsula, etc. and then start the ring road and spend a night or two in Vik. This is a pretty small town but close to several points of interest (altho all of them, including Vik, are within day-trip distance from Reykjavik) and then continue on around the ring road to Akureyri.

Iceland isn't as expensive as it used to be. Since the bad economy hit them so hard, things have become more reasonably priced. An easy way to save money is to eat one meal out and go to the market for other meals. I did that during my stay (back when it was much more expensive) and it really helped me save.

Re: honeymoon

by dassi

I would say go to Akureyri and take a tour to Lake Myvatn. You can look at http://www.airiceland.is/.
10 days is too loong to stay in Reykjavik. I can get you 15 % discount on tours from Reykjavik both here : http://grayline.is/ --- and here : http://bustravel.is/ -- aswell as on jeep tours here : http://www.arcticsafari.is/ I might also be able to get you good discount on a hotel if it is not fully booked and also you can try this one : http://galtafell.com/ and tell them Bragi sent you.

Re: honeymoon

by dassi

Also if you need help with a rental I get a pretty good deal at http://bergcar.is/ now they have over taken http://worldwide.sixt.com/golocal/is/index.php/ .
Bragi

Travel Tips for Reykjavík

My Viking ancestry - Ingólfur Arnarson.

by Regina1965

My ancestors were the vikings and I have a straight blood-line to the first viking settlers here in Iceland. The first settler was Ingólfur Arnarson. He is the father of Reykjavík so to speak as he settled here in this then unspoilt place.

I have added more photos and information on my Viking and Irish ancestry in an album on my homepage.

Ingólfur Arnarson (844) Hallveig Fróðadóttir (850)

Þorsteinn Ingólfsson 890
Þórhildur Þorsteinsdóttir 920
Þorkell Þórhildarson 945
Ketill Þorkelsson 965
Haukur Ketilsson 1020
Yngveldur Hauksdóttir 1060
Snorri Húnbogason 1100 - 1170
Narfi Snorrason 1135 - 1202
Snorri Narfason 1175 - 1260
Narfi Snorrason 1210 - 1284
Snorri Narfason 1260 - 1332
Ormur Snorrason 1320 - 1401
Guttormur Ormsson 1345 - 1381
Loftur "ríki" Guttormsson 1375 - 1432
Ólöf Loftsdóttir 1410 - 1479
Þorleifur Björnsson 1430 - 1486
Björn Þorleifsson 1480 - 1548
Jón Björnsson 1520 - 1600
Árni Jónsson 1560 - 1655
Sveinbjörn Árnason 1610 - 1681
Gísli Sveinbjörnsson 1650 - 1703
Sveinbjörn Gíslason 1694 - 1762
Einar "yngri" Sveinbjarnarson 1727 - 1814
Ragnheiður Einarsdóttir 1789 - 1855
Soffía Vernharðsdóttir 1829 - 1869
Ragnheiður Helgadóttir 1855 - 1946
Þórdís Ásgeirsdóttir 1889 - 1965
My grandmother 1920 - 1995
My father 1942 - 2008
Regína 1965

Hot Pot Etiquette

by Jmill42

If you are planning on visiting one of the 7 local pools/hot pots in Reykjavik, you should know not to just jump in. It is customary to shower before you enter, as the water in these pools is natural and untreated. So, don't go speading your germs and clean up first. Also, most of the hot pots have a temperature marker so you don't scald yourself. Though, I prefer the toe thermometer!

Reykjavík nightlife. Beware - we drink a lot!

by Regina1965

We Icelanders drink a lot, like so many nations living so far north. But only during the weekends, then there is madness down-town. And during the summer times there are various festivals around the country and there is a lot of drinking.

We don't really have a wine-culture and bear-drinking was forbidden here until 1989, imagine that!! And it is/was not a tradition here to drink wine with dinner as in more southern countries. We are slowly drinking more wisely - I think. But the younger generation will get drunk and go down-town, that is what we have always done, when I was younger we all met in the city center and walked what was called "Rúnturinn" or the Round and met on what we called back then "Hallærisplanið" or the Famine-square". Those were the good times, now Ingólfstorg square is located where the infamous Hallærisplan square used to be located.

Nowadays both the younger and older generations partiy down-town where most of the discos and bars are located. There are some other discos scattered around Reykjavík and the neighbouring towns, but the main crowd goes down-town. The fun doesn't start until after midnight and it lasts until ca 6 in the morning. The main party area is in and around Austurstræti street, Tryggvagata street and Laugarvegur street.

When I was partying 10 years ago the nightlife was different, I felt safe down-town and there were night-busses picking people up. And there were a lot more bars than now. Now people don't feel safe there anymore, we have a big drug problem here and violence is a problem as well, people being attacked for just being there.

Also take this into account when you are booking a hotel or guesthouse, it is not a good idea to be too close to the city center on weekends, you will get no sleep.

Festival of the Sea - Bizarre sea creatures part 2

by Regina1965

The Icelandic Marine Research Intstitute displayed various fish in fish-tubs at the harbour during The Festival of the Sea. The exhibition is called "Bizarre sea creatures", and some of the fish is somewhat bizarre, others are fish caught here and sold for export.

The fishing industry is one of Iceland's biggest industries. The stable of Icelandic food has always been fish and cod-liver oil was given to all the pupils at school when I was growing up, as Vitamin D is needed when you live so far up north, especially during the darkest winter months when there is lack of daylight.

Icelandic Landscapes

by MM212

Outside Reykjavík, the landscape is most intriguing and unlike most other countries. Due to the northerly lattitude and climate, the island is barren and treeless. A small layer of grass covers solid volcanic rocks. Attached are a few photos of the Reykjavík countryside.

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