Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wednesday World Travel - Reykjavík, Iceland

image from Flickr member Kristin Sig

As the hot hot summer drags on, I find myself longing for cooler climates. This week, I've indulged in a relaxing virtual jaunt to Reykjavík, Iceland. Iceland's rugged natural beauty draws tourists, but for this trip, we're taking it easy in the capital. No running around fording fjords, the most strenuous part of this trip would be collecting your luggage at the airport.

image from Wikipedia

Let's start the day with a trip to the Blue Lagoon Spa. Relax away all cares soaking in the geothermal seawater. In-water massages are also available, to rub out any lingering stress.

Since we're taking it easy, I chose fancier than normal tourist wear for the remaining day. The high-waisted trousers will take you through dinner and the evening, but are comfortable enough to wear all day.

image from Wikipedia

The afternoon brings us to the Perlan. It's located at the site where hot water for the city is stored, and has viewing areas as well as a few shops. It is also home to a rotating restaurant and bar, offering 360 degree views of the city.

image from Perlan

The restaurant offers an a la carte menu, or a four course set menu. Smoked salmon, coconut and ginger soup with grilled prawns, grilled lamb, and a chocolate banana mousse make up the current set menu. I'm not sure how traditional coconut and ginger soup might be in Iceland, but who am I to argue?

image from 101 Hotel

After dinner, travel trip to downtown to partake in Reykjavík's famous nightlife. On weekends, bars stay open until 6AM. If you make it that late, the beds at 101 Hotel will be extremely welcome. 101 Hotel also has it's own (very swanky) bar, and features a revolving art exhibition. But, I must admit, this hotel had me at the stand alone claw foot tub.

image from 101 Hotel

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