Travel Inn Guesthouse

Soleyjargata 31, Brautarholt 4, Reykjavi­k, 101, Iceland

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    hard to find in the dark!


    I cannot remember how many times I drove up and down Soleyjargata looking, in the dark, for this place... but it was a lot. In the end I called them - a very friendly man told me exactly where it was (and still I struggled!!!).
    It is not 5 star luxury by any stretch of the imagination but it was clean, warm. The family room was large with kitchenette, small kitchen table to sit at...

    Buffet breakfast was included - not stylish but was a friendly affair.

    €90 for a family room, one night with breakfast. Credit cards accepted. 20% deposit paid in advance.

    Unique Quality: (if you arrive late on a Sunday and everywhere is closed there is a petrol station opposite that serves Subway sandwiches... not ideal but when you are hungry it does the job!)

    Directions: Opposite the petrol station is what appears to be a slip road off the main road. The Travel Inn is on that.

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Forum Posts

Visiting Reykjavík for New Year's Eve.... Is It a good idea?

by dadewebster

Hello, we are planning on visiting Reykjavík for a week around New Year's Eve. I understand there will be very little, almost no sunlight at this time but should that dissuade us from going?

We'd like to visit some sights around Reykjavík and I guess this would be more difficult in the dark.

Also I've read that New Year's Eve is an interesting event in Reykjavík, what should we plan on seeing?

David and Hélène

Re: Visiting Reykjavík for New Year's Eve.... Is It a good idea?

by marielexoteria

Look at this Reykjavik page:

This member went there for New Year's.

Hope it helps.

Re: Visiting Reykjavík for New Year's Eve.... Is It a good idea?

by ricky52

Due to extreme climatic changes the World is experiencing at the moment, trying to predict the weather can be difficult because of local, on the day variations.
Most places now are seeing weather conditions well outside the norm.
The information below should be used as a guide only.

Here is the average weather for Reykjavik for this time of year.
Enjoy your holiday.

High 36f / 2c
Low 29f / -2c
Rain 3.80in / 97.0mm
Cloud (from 8) 5.6
Rain days 18
Hours of sun 1
Daylight hours 6
UV level 0 = None
Humidity = Frost may occur in December
Sea temp 39f / 4c

High 35f / 2c
Low 27f / -3c
Rain 3.90in / 99.00mm
Cloud (from 8) 5.6
Rain days 18
Hours of sun 1
Daylight hours 6
UV level 0 = None
Humidity = Frost may occur in January
Sea temp 38f / 4c

Re: Visiting Reykjavík for New Year's Eve.... Is It a good idea?

by pcg821

At that time of year you can check out where a good area is to view the Northern Lights

Re: Visiting Reykjavík for New Year's Eve.... Is It a good idea?

by GrumpyDiver

With the Icelandic economy in the dumps, food and drink prices are a lot cheaper than they were a couple of years ago. You should be able to afford a few drinks at midnight this (next?) year.

Travel Tips for Reykjavík

2008-2009? Church Restoration Project: Until When?

by jumpingnorman

I just got back from Reykjavik (June 2009) and the church is still under renovation (Hallgrimskirkja restoration project) and it is all covered with green net.

I asked my cab driver when it is going to be done and he said it started last summer and was (as has been posted) supposed to be done by fall 2009...but due to the economic recession, it seems to have been delayed more. Hopefully, they will get it done really is a magnificent building and a great landmark for Reykjavik since you can see it from a lot of points in the city.

But not to worry, even if you do not go up the Church, Iceland has so many more intersting places. They have the PERLAN (the Pearl) which has breathtaking views of the city and even a a cafeteria on the 4th floor and excellent dining...Enjoy Iceland!

Update: VTer sigur_ros wrote on Sun Oct 25, 2009 18:30 MST
Hi. I live close by the church and the scaffolding has been taken away in the last 2 weeks. Tower looks almost white, looks like they did a nice job.

Coffee culture

by acemj

The locals here in Reykjavik are certainly a little coffee obsessed and it shows in the number of coffee shops you'll find around town. I visited quite a few of them and they all have their individual charms, but I'd have to say my favorite was Babalu, which is located on Skolavordustigur. I had a really good piece of chocolate cake there and a latte for a mere $17 US! Kaffi Hljomalind is another decent place, which serves up spelt-based desserts (they taste healthy, which isn't good), but has free refills on their coffee and a funky clientele with music at nights. Kaffitar is the equivalent of Starbucks in Iceland, which is good and bad. They're consistently decent in the coffee that they serve, but originality is not their strongpoint. Kaffibarrin is another good bar/coffeehouse, where I must confess, I only had a beer, but it was enough to experience the very cool atmosphere here. I get the feeling it's the place for young, hipsters who are looking for a little midday java jolt.

Discovering America

by bzh

Leif Ericsson is one of the most famous Icelandic people. He is the navigator who alledgedly discovered America, before Christopher Columbus. A statue is dedicated to him just outside Hllgrímskirkja.

Fermented skate on the mass of St. Þorlákur.

by Regina1965

It is a tradition to eat fermented skate/ray on the 23rd of December in Iceland. We call that day "Þorláksmessa" or the mass of Saint Þorlákur (who died on the 23rd of December 1193). In older days when Iceland was still a Catholic country people were supposed to fast (not to eat meat) until 24th of December, so fish was eaten. And only what was supposed to be bad fish, as it were, this was no feast. Pope John Paul II nominated Saint Þorlákur as the patron saint of Iceland in 1985.

If you are ever in Reykjavík on this day be aware that the whole town, including the suburbs, reaks of the strong smell of skate. While eating it the smell will stick to your clothes and hair ;) And the smell will linger around the house for days so "hangikjöt" smoked-lamb (see my tip) is cooked in the same pot to get rid of the smell.

Fermented skate (kæst skata) originates from the Westfjords of Iceland and as my grandmother on my mother's side was born there, and my grandfather on my father's side was born in West-Iceland we ate skate frequently at home. Now it is almost only eaten on this special day. In my family we have a day we call "Skötudagurinn" or Skate-day and the extended family eats skate together on the last Saturday before Christmas. The younger generation and those family members who are allergic to skate or who cannot stand the smell eat smoked lamb in another room ;)

Skate is traditionally eaten with tallow (sheep fat) and potatoes as that softens the taste, which can be very strong. There are various degrees of strength and only the very brave go for the strongest tasting skate, which will clean out your sinuses and make your eyes water ;) The reason why skate is fermented is that it contains poison while fresh (much the same as shark). The best time to catch skate is in late Autumn and it is then fermented until Christmas time.

You can find skate in various restaurants in Reykjavík on Þorláksmessa.

On Þorláksmessa stores are open until 23h and people flock down to Laugavegur, which is closed for traffic on this evening. There is so much going on and thousands and thousands of Icelanders, family people as well, spend the evening down-town until the stores close.

Laugardalslaug - Pool at Laugardalur

by sarahandgareth

Geothermally heating pools and hot pots are a big part of Icelandic culture, and one of the great things about our Reykjavik tourist cards was the fact that entrance to all these pools was included. So, we headed for Laugardalslaug, the biggest pool complex in town to make sure we knew what all of the fuss was about.

There is an Olympic-sized as well as a small hot pot inside, but most of the action is outdoors. We tested out all of the various features including hot pots with water temperatures ranging from 38C to 44C. (Be warned: 44C is really, really hot and you'll look like a lobster for a while afterwards!) There is also a water slide, a kiddy pool, a pool for swimming laps, and two other hot pots of various sizes. It's a great complex, although very popular: you'll probably have to wait your turn to get a spot in some of the hot pots, and you should get used to sitting very close to your neighbor!


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