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February 9, 2016

A Taste So Good That You Want To Come Back For More…

Filed under: Accomodation,ICELAND,Icelandic Cuisine,PHOTOGRAPHY,Reykjavik — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Our time in Iceland is coming to an end.

Four days have passed more quickly than we could ever have imagined and to our surprise, even though the weather has been mostly cold, grey, overcast, sometimes rainy and with an added helping of biting gale force winds, even the children are raving about Iceland, wishing that they could stay longer and asking if we could come here again.

It’s certainly not what Himself and I expected, we assumed that this small four day adventure would suit adults rather than kids but we were wrong, our kids are completely and utterly fascinated and captivated by Iceland.

As per the other mornings since our arrival, we brave the wind that is howling around the buildings that make up the Artic Comfort Hotel and navigate the short hop between the two buildings as quickly as we can.

As usual too the kids run ahead and Himself waits in the wind by the door of Reception for me to slowly catch up.

Both of us welcome the now customary wall of heat that greets us in Icelandic buildings and look forward to a good breakfast to start the day. The fare here is basic but totally sufficient, and since we got such a cut price deal on the booking, we are delighted that breakfast was even included in the price. The breakfast room is a kind of upside down capital “L” shape where the shorter part is a small square, the tables filled and emptied so fast that there was no real pause in the traffic for me to get photographs without intruding on people’s privacy so I photographed what I could.All of us start to share our thoughts on the trip, what we liked best, least etc. Top of the list has been the Eyjafjallajökull Vistor Centre, closly followed by joint runners up “everything else” and bottom of the list was the Blue Lagoon, not in a negative way becuase it was an “experience” and we didn’t regret doing it, just that we regretted not managing to fit in other hot pools as well.
The only thing that we have truly missed seeing is the Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights, but the kids are even using this to their advantage, asking if we could please plan another trip so that they might try again to see the Lights and even more strange, both avidly declaring that a winter trip would be just as much appreciated as a summer one. Himself and I are pleasantly surprised, having assumed that without weather for physical activities such as hiking, they would be bored.
Every evening after dinner we have driven far from the city of Reykjavik in the hope of catching a glimpse of the lights and each evening we have been met with a heavy blanket of low thick cloud and no gaps to show us the wonders of the aurora. It leaves us leaving Iceland wanting more… our pocket holiday has given us a taste and we have discovered that we very much liked every bit of what we tasted.

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January 11, 2016

A Hotel That’s Also Maybe, Quite Possibly, A Hothouse…

Filed under: Accomodation,ICELAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Having arrived in Reykjavik we search out our hotel, the “Arctic Comfort Hotel”.

It’s a no frills square box style building with reception and a breakfast room in one building and, across a driveway, anoher building that is essentially the hotel dormitory block of rooms.

There were no family rooms or rooms with connecting doors available so we get two double rooms, Himself and Little Mr take one and Kiwi Daughter and I the other.

One complete surprise is how warm the hotel is… the heating is on full bore everywhere and even with the lowest heat setting in our room, we sit more than warm enough our lightest clothes or even in our underwear.

Seriously, you could grow tromatoes and tropical fruit in our room if you wanted with ease.

We learn later that 98% of Iceland’s energy comes from geothermal or hydroelectric power, and so close in this part of the earth’s crust the heating comes literally under our feet, is in abundance and is one of the cheapest things in the country. The two percent of energy left over that relies on oil are single or tiny groups of houses located in areas so far from the national grid that it is not environmentally friendly nor economic to join them to it. The hotel is basic but hey, so was the price we paid for it, it’s clean and warm, the beds were comfortable and what more did we want? The breakfasts were also fairly simple but totally adequate for budget accommodation and even better the staff were great. they helped a lot with directions, recommendations and everyone we came across was friendly. Since we aimed to be out as much as possible during the short daylight hours, we would only be here to sleep after all. Overall we were delighted with our stay: a connecting door would have meant that the kids would have been brave enough to sleep next door so that I could have Himself to myself, but for a few nights it was what it was. We would be happy to come back here, which is probably the main marker of a good hotel whatever the budget.

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Arctic Comfort Hotel
Háaleiti N, Reykjavík, IJsland
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