We just got back from Iceland the other night and had a fabulous trip! I wrote a fairly lengthy trip report, so here it is:)
We had 11 days for the Ring Road, and our party consisted of my husband and I (mid 50's), our daughter (30) and our son (27) and his gf. For our immediate family, we had all been once before on stopovers, and our daughter had been on a girls trip there as well. For the gf, this was her first trip outside of the US.
We had the trip planned for last summer, and of course we all know how that played out. We basically kept the same plan and the same dates and just changed it to this year.
Last summer when we had to cancel,I asked Blue Car Rental for a refund and they said they would, or if we would let them keep the money they would give us a few freebies. We opted for that as we could still cancel and get a refund at any point. We also had two lodging places that were nonrefundable, and both of those let us just change the dates to this year.
We live near Seattle, so it is a long trip for us. A few days before the trip we got our PCR tests done via UWMedicine and the results were back in less than 24 hours.
At SEA, IcelandAir weighed all of our bags, checked and carryon and tagged our carryons as acceptable. They looked closely at each of our vaccination cards as well as our PCR test results.
Then it was off to the lounge to relax until boarding time.
The flight was not that full, and we had seats across one row, so had an extra seat to spread out a bit.
We arrived at Keflavik an hour early, and our driver was there within a few minutes. With 5 of us, it was just a little bit more to have a private driver vs taking the Flybus, so we opted for that and did book through Flybus.
Arrived at our hotel in Reykjavik and as anticipated, our rooms were not ready, but they invited us to have breakfast and wait a bit and the rooms would be ready shortly. We stayed at the Hotel Fron. They changed one of our rooms from a regular room to a penthouse apartment, which was very nice!
After we got settled in it was time to go check out the city. The wall murals and street art are beautiful and it was fun to keep looking for more.
We did the Citywalk free walking tour, which my husband and I had done on our previous trip. We had a different guide this time so heard a few different things which was nice. The tour is free, but you tip what you feel it is worth and they do accept all currencies so if you have not gone to am ATM and have your own currency, you can just use that.
We had lunch at Seagreiffin down on the wharf. I wanted to try this place on our last trip and we ran out of time, so it was a must for this time. It did not disappoint! There is no printed menu, you just go to the counter and there is a wall of the various skewer dishes and you just let them know what you want and they cook it up and bring it to you. We had the lobster soup, the scallops, the ling cod, veggies and potatoes and all shared. Excellent!!!
The guys went to a coffee shop and relaxed while we went to the Handknitting store and bought sweaters. We also found the Mjuk store, which is basically across the street from Hotel Fron, and bought hats, gloves and headwarmers. We all met back up and just wandered the streets again. When we wandered early in the morning, we lucked out and got some great photos with no other people in them!
Dinner that night was at Islenski Barinn. Lamb soup and lamb dogs were both excellent. The soup its served in wool cozies to keep it warm and then on a wood platter with some bread. The lamb dogs were not hot dogs, but more like a pulled pork style, but lamb. I don't remember what all was on it, but do remember bernaise sauce and that they were sooo good!
We were in bed pretty early this first night. I was actually surprised my husband lasted until dinner as he usually is zonked by the afternoon after international flights.