Reykjavik Guesthouse

Solvallagata 49, Reykjavik, 101, Iceland
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Better try somewhere else

by Gido about Pavi guesthouse, Reykjavik

I would not recommend this place, though location and cleanliness are in order. But other than that it's an unattractive place, with Spartan rooms and dito breakfast. none


Corrugated iron houses in Reykjavík.Corrugated iron houses in Reykjavík.

A protest in October 2010.A protest in October 2010.

Icelandic books.Icelandic books.

Arnarhóll hill on the 17th of June, National day.Arnarhóll hill on the 17th of June, National day.

Forum Posts

Choosing an airline

by wadswatcher

Which airline, Icelandic Air of Iceland Express, should I use to fly from Copenhagen to Reykjavik? What are the pros and cons of each?

Re: Choosing an airline

by GrumpyDiver

Best price. I flew Icelandic in July frankly nothing stood out versus any other airline.

Re: Choosing an airline

by Odinnthor

Icelandic Airlines has been around forever. Iceland Express is newer, but they are both just fine. Like grumpy says, - price should dictate which one.

Re: Choosing an airline

by Jujux

Icelandair and Iceland Express are pretty much the same now since Iceland Air does not offer free "food" anymore.

Icelandair offers a tiny bit more leg room and an entertainment system in the seat in front of you (bring your headphones or pay for one in the plane)

So it's more or less down to price.

Re: Choosing an airline

by putns

I would not choose Express as the first carrier out of Iceland for a connecting flight. Fed up with their delays. Otherwise, just the price and schedule. Hardly any difference in comfort

Travel Tips for Reykjavík

Icelanders and foreigners.

by Regina1965

Until ca 1998 there were few foreigners in Iceland. Iceland is remote and foreigners living here were mostly spouses of Icelandic people, whom Icelanders had got to know while studying abroad. And there were fugitives here from former Yugoslavia and Vietnam.

Then ca 12 years ago Iceland experienced a big wave of migrant workers. Times were good and Iceland was blooming (or so we thought) and the construction industry plus many other industries needed more work-force. All of a sudden Iceland was crowded with foreigners. We got quite dazed by this and in Bónus supermarket at one time only Polish people were working at the check-out (and are still working there) and people started talking about that they needed to start learning Polish to be able to buy their groceries.

In 2010 immigrants were 26.171 or 8,2% of the nation. 10.058 of the immigrants are Polish people and the second largest group of immigrants are Lithuanians.

A lot of people went home when the financial crisis hit Iceland hard and unemployment rose immensely.


by emilienoelle

Up until 1989 alcohol was banned in Iceland. The government belived that this was necessary in order to curb alcoholism in the country, which is high because of the long dark winters, but of course that approach never works. Today you can buy beer and other types of alcohol in restaurants and government-run stores but the taxes are incredibly high.

There is a locally made beer which is very good called Viking that I recommend. The only liquor made in Iceland is called Brennivín which is distilled from potatoes. It is tough stuff, not for the faint of heart, so of course I bought a bottle to take home with me!

Various Icelandic food and drink.

by Regina1965

Icelanders eat a lot of fish, and when we refer to fish we are usually talking about haddock, which is by far the most common fish here. Cod was used for export and we got the haddock. A survey showed that the most common dish here is haddock with potatoes and butter. The second common dish is is fried haddock with potatoes.

A traditional Icelandic beverage is blending Malt and Appelsín (orange-soda, the oldest Icelandic soda still being produced) and this combination has been a popular drink here since 1955. You can either buy it seperately and mix it yourself or buy it mixed. It is especially popular during Christmas time. But Malt (Maltextrakt) is a very good healthy drink by itself and was first produced here in 1913.

Another popular traditional Icelandic combination is Coke and Prince Polo. This has even been called (jokingly) the national dish of Iceland. Nowhere in the world is the Polish Prince Polo chocolate biscuit more popular than in Iceland (well apart from Poland i.e.) When there was a ban on import on sweets in Iceland we got exceptions on Prince Polo (we exported herring to Polland).

And last but not the least is the Icelandic "kokteilsósa" the pink cocktailsauce, which is Iceland's contribution to world's sauces ;) It is said that it was invented in Keflavík ca 1960. Then it was made out of milk-sauce and mayonnaise with ketchup, pineapple juice and some other ingrediences. Then they skipped the milk-sauce and this ever so popular (amongst Icelanders) kokteilsósa was created. It is especially eaten with fast food and there is a phrase from a popular Icelandic film "franskar, sósu og salat" meaning "french-fries, sauce and salad" which everybody here knows, so if asking for the Icelandic cocktailsauce you only have to ask for SÓSA.

Iceland produces some beer types f.ex. Gullfoss, Geysir and Kaldi.

The Icelandic horses / Horseback riding

by croatia2006

I had never done horseriding before, so we took only half day tour. It was so easy, You could have done it longer! So do not be afraid and contact one of the tour operators organizing this activity.

Even this is little bit outside Reykjavik, You can ask them to pick You up.

Btw, Ishestar had also possibility to combine half day riding and whale watching afterwards!

For more information, check their webpages. All equipment is given by Ishestar:)


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