1: ABOUT | This book chronicles the ten day vacation to Iceland that Jeremy and Kayla took from Monday, June 27 to Thursday, July 7, 2011. The genesis of this trip began many years ago with Kayla indicating that Iceland was one of those countries that she had always dreamed of visiting. Moreover, Jeremy was also interested as he had heard wonderful things about the country from a few acquaintances and was open to the idea of a trip to Iceland. Given that she was living in Halifax while doing her fellowship, it was anticipated that it would be an affordable destination considering Iceland's short proximity to Halifax. For posterity sake, let it be known that while it is only a four hour flight from Halifax to Reykjavik, it was concluded that Iceland was not an inexpensive destination. The flight alone was $650 from Halifax, while Jeremy's flight from Toronto was in excess of $900. Given that the travel took place during the peak of summer season, budget style accomodation was in the range of $150/night for a double. Being first time visitors to the country, and barely able to pronounce many of Iceland's notable sights, it turned out to be a wise decision to enlist the services of Nordic Visitor, a travel agency based in Reykjavik. In exchange for a flat fee, they arranged for the accomodations, rental car, activities, and a self-drive itinerary. As it eased much of the planning burden that normally accompanies a vacation of this nature, it was well worth the expense.
3: Monday, June 27, 10:00PM | Departing Halifax
4: Tuesday, June 28, 5:00AM. Upon arrival in Iceland. Jeremy's first impression from the air was that it was a barren and desolate landscape.
5: Upon arrival in Reykjavik, early Tuesday morning, approx 630am. It was a half hour drive from the airport in Keflavik. Above is a picture of a new arts & cultural centre that is located on the drive into the downtown core. On the left, from the top down is the interior of the airport terminal. The interior walls were typically Icelandic, made of corrugated aluminum. Below that is a picture of an Iceland Express airplane. The logo reminded me of the fast rewind button one would see on a DVD player. The two pictures below are of the Reyjkavik coastline and a cruiseship in the harbor.
6: Kex Hostel - Reykjavik - Monday, June 27, 2011 | Due to the timing of our overnight flight, we arrived at the hostel quite early in the morning, thus explaining the emptiness of the lounge/kitchen area. In the evening this scene was quite the opposite, as it was packed with tourists and locals enjoying a drink. The above picture was taken at about 7am and shows Kayla studying the itinerary with the kitchen in the background. The below picture is a view of the lounge/library. As you can see, the area was quite eclectic with its empty bird cages hanging from the unfinished ceiling and old typewriter on the shelf in the foreground. On the opposite page, clockwise from the top left: a sign on the wall in the kitchen area (I liked the Icelandic wording); the wall paper behind the front desk was comprised of old bingo cards; another sign in the kitchen area with the menu for the evening; our room (which was adequate - note the two single beds placed together, this was rather typical); in the middle is the front door to the buidling. From the Kex Hostel website: "Housed in an old biscuit factory in downtown Reykjavik and furnished with salvaged materials and found objects from various places, KEX is an organic concept blending a vintage industrial feel with an eclectic, contemporary touch."
18: Monday June 27, 2011 - Dinner at Seabaron
20: Monday, June 27, 2011 - Dessert at Loki
24: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - Reykjavik to Fludir via the Golden Circle