Blogs from Reykjanesbær, Southwest, Iceland, Europe


Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjanesbær June 13th 2022

Autant la nature ici est brute, autant la douceur de vivre est enveloppante. Et pour une épicurienne comme moi, j’y trouve bien mon compte. J’ai pris le temps d’aiguiser mes papilles gustatives avant d’attaquer, avec un petit groupe de touristes fort sympathiques, une virée dans les hauts lieux gastronomiques islandais. Moi qui m’attendais à goûter une série de petites bouchées bien roulées, j’ai été agréablement surprise de voir arriver dans mon assiette et en généreuses portions, des spécialités tirées à quatre épingles! Ici, deux mets s’affrontent en douce, l’agneau et l’omble de l’Arctique. Le premier, cuit aux herbes locales, a un goût subtil et délicat ne ressemblant en rien à l’agneau que l’on mange chez-nous. Quant au poisson, préparé cru ou cuit, pour moi il remporte toujours la palme. Mon fils aurait qualifié cette dégustation de ... read more
Beignet sucré glace au pain de seigle
Décor venu dailleurs
Eaux irréelles

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjanesbær May 2nd 2019

Let me tell you about my wonderful trip to this mysterious and iconic place. As you may probably know, Iceland has a great number of natural attractions and rich cultural importance for the world. Personally, since I was very young, I have been very fond of visiting exciting places and meeting new people. So I thought to myself, why not exploring Iceland when I have my chance to do so? I have decided to travel to Iceland last September when the weather in Europe was still nice and warm but not too cold. The first thing that I immediately noticed was how busy the airport was. KEF International Airport is Iceland's most important gateway for business and, of course, for the always growing tourism industry. There is only one terminal that receives passengers from all over ... read more
Thingvellir National Park

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjanesbær October 17th 2013

The sun is becoming increasingly bashful as winter begins to take hold in the Arctic. Iceland's days are getting shorter at the alarming rate of eight minutes per day, and the shortest day of the year is fast approaching on 21 December, when there will be just four hours of daylight. At this time of year the sun begins to rise to a respectable level in the sky, and just as quickly decides it's time to duck back down under the horizon. This has led to an interesting dilemma when it comes to photography, as my shadow is always wanting to make an appearance, somewhat akin to an uninvited guest at a party. Normally the last thing I want to see in my photos is yours truly, but in Iceland my shadow has started to become ... read more
Blue lagoon
Reykjanes coastline
Icelandic horse

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjanesbær February 20th 2011

Iceland was on my “Bucket List” up until October of 2010 when Mark and I, decided to make the journey. The main aim was to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and bath in the Blue Lagoon. Since we were meeting some Travbuddy friends in Reykjavik, we decided to join them on the Golden Circle Tour. The tour includes a total of 5 stops including 2 geothermal power plants. Hellisheidi Geothermal Power plant was our last stop on the Golden Circle Tour. Located in South West Iceland, the power plant is a combined heat and power generator. It sits on one of the largest wet geothermal systems also known as high-enthalpy in Iceland. The purpose of the plant is to meet the increasing demand for electricity and hot water for space heating for the Icelandic people. ... read more
Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant
Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant
Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjanesbær October 12th 2009

8:10 PM Travelling around Iceland, climbing volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers can be tiring, and there is a lot to be said for sitting in a bath of sulphur, so our final complete day was a much more relaxed affair. We had always planned to end the trip at Iceland‘s main tourist spot, the Blue Lagoon, which sits in the lava fields between Reykjavik and the airport (via a slight detour), gently whiling away our last hours in its soothing waters. The Blue Lagoon is something of an accident, the by-product of the nearby geothermal power station. Like the other power stations in the area, it uses the hot water below the ground to generate electricity, after which the water is left to pour into the volcanic craters and holes next to it. Some clever person years ... read more
The Blue Lagoon
Relaxing in the Lagoon
Looking Cheery

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjanesbær October 1st 2009

Keflavik airport is often known as Reykjavik airport to avoid confusing stupid travellers, but it is actually a good 23 miles away from Reykjavik (not close, although this is less than Gatwick is from London), and the capital has its own airport right on the edge of the city, so I’m not sure how well it succeeds in not confusing stupid travellers. However, being the only international airport in the country (Reykjavik’s being used for domestic flights only), you can’t really go far wrong, unless you decide to get a taxi into the city instead of the bus, in which case you’ll probably need a loan to fund the rest of your trip. The buses aren’t exactly cheap either, costing us £9 to get into the city. For an extra £2 they’ll drop you off at ... read more
A Darkening View from the Bay
A Random Sign

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjanesbær July 4th 2009

Last day on Iceland! We'll spend it in style: after killing ourselves cycling around the place for (almost) 2 weeks, today is going to make all of it worthwhile - especially yesterday's torture ride to get here. In the morning, again we are woken by rain. So, again, we decide to do the reasonable thing: sleep in, and wait for the weather to come to its senses, and stop the rain. And it works! At 11am, we are, once again, the last people on the campsite, but the rain has stopped, and so we can have a nice dry breakfast, pack up, and hit the road. The ride is easy: first of all, the Blue Lagoon is only 2km from Grindavík. Secondly, the wind is now truly on our side, blowing - as yesterday - from ... read more
Blue Lagoon, outside
Small is beautiful

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjanesbær July 1st 2008

So, here I am in beauti...scenic...drab and grey Keflavík*. I've spent the last few hours at the airport, mostly peoplewatching, but also being bored, meeting Jesse the couchsurfer, running into Bjarki the former teacher-ish thing-guy, listening to him tell his 2 year old how ˝Daddy once saw Tinna puke because she was sooo hung over˝, et.c. Had Jesse taste Brennivín. He didn't like it. I sat next to Charlton Heston on the FlyBus. I could have sworn it was Heston if I didn't know he was dead. (Heston, that is, not the bus guy.) He was wearing a baseball cap with the phrase National ..something militaristic: Force or Service or something. He was super-yank! The plane is about to leave...and I don't want to write during take-off. *This entry is backdated. I'm actually in Prague.... read more

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