Iceland: March 2015
An eight day trip (March 16th to 23rd) to seek the
Northern Lights and observe the Solar Eclipse of March
A 2 hour, 18 minute flight by Icelandair, from Birmingham to Keflavik,
gets us to Iceland just after 4pm.
Our accommodation in
Reykjavik is above a gift shop at 38 Laugavegur.
We are able to park our hire car between the apartment and
the Sandholt Bakery,
which we frequently visit during our stay
The old-fashioned, but comfortable, apartment is very large with two bedrooms, a sitting/dining area, a kitchen, bathroom, and a balcony
at the rear off one of the bedrooms; this room with a double bed is the one we choose to use. The front of the flat has the sitting/dining
area and a twin bedroom with its own sitting area, and these two rooms overlook Reykjavik's main shopping street of Laugavegur
We are able to buy some basic supplies such as soya milk at a nearby Bonus supermarket, but have our evening meal at the Old Iceland
Restaurant - also in Laugavegur. We enjoy a very pleasant meal that is mainly based on fish, during which it snows
slightly. Back at the apartment, we find the shower water is extremely hot as it has come straight from the ground where it has been
heated by geothermal activity - it also has a slight smell of sulphur
Not far from the apartment is the Hallgrimskirkja Church, which dominates the Reykjavik skyline. The church has a very large pipe
organ, a soaring roof, and a 240-feet tower from which we have excellent views across the city to the sea.
After visiting the
church we set out to explore Reykjavik
A statue of Hannes Hafstein, the first Minister of Iceland (in the Danish Government), is located in front of Government