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February 9, 2016

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

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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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February 8, 2016

Askur, Worth Coming Back To Again And Again…

Filed under: ICELAND,Icelandic Cuisine,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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We decided on our February 2014 trip to Iceland that we would take things as easy as possible. This meant that we also wanted to make things easy for our kids and their fussy eating habits. Having been recommend Askur Restaurant on the first day of our stay, and found it to be an easy option for the kids, we have been back each evening except one (when we bought groceries and had a picnic dinner in our hotel room). The camera is acting up again, some on more days than others, so the compilation of photographs taken there over the last few days are again patchy but the food at Askur is consistent and they are delighted to see us back again and again.

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January 22, 2016

A Selection Of Icelandic Cheese And Meats To Tempt Us…

Filed under: FOOD,ICELAND,Icelandic Cuisine,PHOTOGRAPHY,Reykjavik — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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We are in Reykjavík, Iceland and looking around the centre of the capital.

There is a very interesting delicatessen (that stupidly I didn’t get the name of)  on the harbour end of a shopping street called the Skólavörðustígur.

At the other end of this street we can see the silhouette of the “Hallgrímskirkja”   (church of Hallgrímur) which is the Lutheran Church of Iceland, one of the most famous landmarks of the country.

Once inside the delicatessen we find a good selection of cheese, meats and various Icelandic produce.

We laugh at the discovery of some well known Dutch cheeses, and select some meat, cheeses, jams and chutneys to bring home. The Icelandic cheeses and meats are vacuum packed for us so that we can bring them back to the Netherlands to share with friends. One of the shop assistants was particularly friendly and answered our many questions about what it is like to live in Iceland. This young lady told us that renting or buying property here was expensive but electricity and heating were one of the lowest bills she had, both being very cheap. We got many recommendations for places to see and things to do, most of which we can’t physically fit into the time we have left this trip but have filed away for a possible return trip.

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January 14, 2016

Restaurant Askur, Food To Please Everyone…

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Family Kiwidutch get back to our hotel in Reykjavik after our drive out and about.

Whilst I take a little rest, Himself and the kids go to get recommendations for dinner, a weather report and directions as to which way out of the city is the best way to go to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

We have been out most of the day with almost nothing (the kids had a few car snacks) since breakfast so everyone is starving.

The recommendation for a restaurant comes back with a name of one in the area: Restaurant Askur.

Although it’s not particularly late it’s very dark, very, very cold and everyone is tired.

This is a family friendly restaurant with a small but decent salad buffet and a varied enough menu that there is something to suit everyone.

Like the hotel the restaurant is more than warm enough, and even though we were cold in the hard wind, getting from the carpark out the front into the restaurant, once inside we soon forget all about being cold.

The service is excellent and although the place was almost empty when we got there, it filled up fairly fast during our meal. Best of all, both kids found food that they liked so we had an easy meal. The is no natural light with which to take photographs and I’m unused to using the flash so may not have used the best settings. We were getting rather excited about the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights, but the clouds have closed in and chances are looking low. We decide over dinner to take a night drive just on the off chance that we get lucky. Who knows, all we need is a gap in the clouds…

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