Sunday, December 4, 2016

Day 10 - Cook breakfast - > Checkout bnb -> Travel to Gatwick Airport -> Fly to Iceland -> Arrive in Reykjavík -> Check in 22 Hill Hotel -> 22 hill Hotel Review -> Dinner at Ban Thai

This morning we flew to Iceland for a 8 day trip. We booked the package from www.icelandroadtrip.com.
We paid S$7178.41 for 7 days accomodation & car for 5 people. Icelandair air ticket costed S$700/person.

We repacked and left the luggages at my son's apartment before taking train from Farringdon Station (which was near to my son's apartment) to Gatwick Airport. Ticket below

Flight to Iceland was uneventful. Only drinks are complimentary on board but meals are chargable.
From the Reykjavík aiport, we took flybus to a bus centre and transferred to a van to 22 Hill Hotel.
Instructions were not very clear and the whole process was quite messy.

Flybus ticket. Our hotel is in the red zone so the transfer ticket is red.

A sparsely-populated (~332k) North Atlantic island, Nordic island nation, land of fire and ice, Iceland is famous for its gaint & huge glaciers, hot springs, huge geysers, countless waterfalls, lava fields and active volcanoes. Massive glaciers are protected in Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. But most of the population lives in the city capital, Reykjavik. Reykjavik is Iceland 's capital and largest city. Despite the relatively short history, modern Reykjavík is home to places of historic significance and museums that trace Iceland’s Viking history. It is also home to the prominent and outstanding solid Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills. It is also famous for its geothermal Blue Lagoon spa. But I still prefer the onsen in Japan.

Reykjavík is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland. It is one of the safest cities in the world. Cost of living (accommodation & food) is very high as everything is very expensive.

22 Hill Hotel is a tourist class hotel. We have a twin and triple room. Hotel is pretty basic. Checkout in fast and staff was very polite.
Tea & coffee corner are available on each floor, near the stairs. Rooms are spacious and location is walkable to town. Breakfast was included.
Twin Room which was quite spacious.




Our bathroom. Toiletries were also very basic.


Triple Room

Bathroom

Hotel room card

Our room door

Corridor

5 Hotel Exterior

Then it was time for dinner. We had dinner at Ban Thai, a short walk from our hotel.
Surprisingly, there were many Thais who migrated here and there are quite a number of Thai eateries/restaurants in Iceland.
We ate at 4 of them.

Sculpture near the restaurant /

Summer flowers. Though it was summer, temperature is about 12C. The sunset was at 1150pm.

Street leading from restaurant to Hotel

Restaurant Interior

Table setting

Green Curry

5 sets of Thai fishcake

Mixed vegetables

Steamed rice

Sweet sour Fish

The dinner spread. Total bill: $162.69. Taste is authentic Thai. Not too bad a meal after all.

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