OK I’ll admit it I loved the place. Just got back from a short break there with the family. Flew out from London Heathrow on Icleandair and spent 2 nights in the fantastic Hotel Ranga – complete with 10ft Polar Bear (stuffed) in reception and 2 nights at the Northern Lights Inn but sadly the Northern Lights failed to make an appearance!
The scenery is simply breathtaking and we only saw SW Iceland – from raw jagged lava fields to sweeping black lined river deltas to translucent glaciers to the power and majesty of the waterfalls. If you like drama in your landscape then this is the place for you – see what I mean.
We saw the volcano – Eyjafjallajökull – BTW they do great t-shirts about how easy it is to pronounce the name, if you want to know work it out try here frankly, as far as I’m concerned, it’s called “the volcano that erupted recently”. We did the Golden Circle route and saw “The” Geysir – Gulfoss, the place where the North American and European tectonic plates are being pulled apart. We ate some truly fantastic food – especially the fish – although the small piece of Puffin was interesting (no I couldn’t eat a whole one!) and found the people to be really friendly.
I managed to drag the family through a blizzard to the Pearl in Reykjavik, the food at the Ranga was some of the best I’ve ever eaten and the friendly chef at the Salthouse restaurant in Grindavik gave the entire family a free dessert just because he had a large party arriving and felt that the service we would receive would suffer! Class! I had Ling and it was superb! I can also recommend the cafe Babalu in Reykjavik it’s really interesting.
Iceland is undoubtedly one of the most expensive places I’ve ever visited but I’d go back like a shot – and not just because we failed to see the Aurora – it’s cool!