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Written by Aaron Brigatti  
Sunday, 28 May 2006

Having just come back (late Saturday, 27th May), I'm pleasantly surprised on how well the two day trip to Reykjavik in Iceland has been!

I was awarded a "Rings of Reward and Recognition" prize from the head of GNS Airlines at work for my efforts towards the Iceland Express Airlines implementation (Iceland Express is the Icelandic low-cost equivalent to Ryan Air or EasyJet - but much more friendlier!).  The £500 prize covered the return air-fare for two with Iceland Express (of course!), plus a stay at the cool (very stylish!!), boutique-style 101 Hotel in what is the trendiest-distict of the city, Reykjavik-101. 

101 Hotel sits on the Hverfisgata street, and it a stone-throw away from the main shopping street of Reykjavik and also the various museums, eateries and everything else that there is to do in the city!

BUT there is a warning, what they say is true about Iceland - it's VERY, VERY, VERY expensive.  A beer costs the quiv of GBP £6, and a meal out for two can cost over GBP £50-60 a head!  In fact a main course dish in a trendy-eateries costs almost GBP £40.  As we had saved on the air-fare and part of the accomodation costs, we decided to splash out a bit on the dining on the one-night we were staying in Iceland.  We tried a couple of places, Laekjarbrekka and Humarhúsið.  Both served 100% Icelandic cuisine, and were largely more expensive than the other types of International-cuisine restaurants.  However, by the time we decided to go to the above places, they were both fully-booked.  Wow, they were very popular places!  We even thought of spending the evening at the Perlan (aka the "Pearl") - what is also recommended as an exquisite place to visit and eat - but as the risk of travelling to this place (expense of taxi's etc) and then finding it also to be fully booked was too great, we decided to stay around the Reykjavik-101 district and locate another eatery.  We actually found quite a nice little place called Enricos and it sure was a place to be!  It wasn't as expensive as the previous mentioned places, but the food was delicious.  Would certainly recommend it!

After dinner, after walking around the still eeriely-bright, dusk sunlight, we decided to spend some time in the 101 Hotel bar.  This was one of the hip-hop and places to be seen bars in the Reykjavik-101 district, and it certainly didn't fail to please!   Near the hotel there were a couple of other pubs and clubs, including Pravda - although I really didn't want to spend the early hours drinking away expensive-drinks for the one-night I was in Iceland, so decided to give it a miss.

We woke up at around 5am in the morning and ventured around the streets of Reykjavik, around the hotel.  This was the time when the folks of Reykjavik were spilling out of the pubs and clubs, something all to reminisce of the 11pm kick-off of the Brighton-scene (except it was aroung 6am in the morning!).  The only key thing different, is that there is no fighting or rowdy behaviour.  We took some photos of the Reykjavik harbour, and walked to Reykjavik Cathedral - what amazing architecture!  We returned to the hotel for some well needed breakfast!

We then left for the airport at 11am (our flight was at 3.50pm), so we decided to take the excursion bus to the Blue Lagoon and then onwards after a brief stay at the lagoon to the airport for our return flight to the UK.  Our thoughts of the Blue Lagoon - absolutely amazing!  I don't really need to explain this attraction in any more words!

See our On-line gallery for a visual representation following the trip!

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