Reykjavik, Iceland Part 1

 

 

Finally made it to Iceland! Have been talking about it for so many years, but for some reason I have never gotten around to do it. That was about to change, now we are 6 people (three couples) going together for the weekend, Friday morning to Sunday evening!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather wasn't the best when we got there and us tree girls were going straight out horseback riding. It wasn't cold just a little bit wet, but nothing we're not used to. I did not matter at all beacause we were so exited about going riding on the Iceland horses/ponies, kind of a must do thing in Iceland as a tourist. So after being a little bit delayed we got to the hotel where our pick up was waiting for us girls to take us to the horses. Now there are a few companies who specialize in taking tourist on different tours on the ponies and you can find them all online. The company we went with was very good. Friendly and very helpful staff who knew exactly how to match up the ponies with the people. You might not think that is so important, but trust me it is. One of my friends hadn't been on a horse since she was a kid so she got the sweetest little pony who were so nice and just followed the other ponies acting all nice and didn't even move without her telling him it was okay to move. So all three of us got ponies who matched us, and we were ready to hear a bit more about these wonderful creatures. 

 

 

 

 

 

The funny thing about the Icelandic horses is that they tölt. Between the trot and the gallop they have their own little run walk that is called tölt. I had never been on an Icelandic horse so I knew nothing about this before we got started, I've heard about it but never experienced it. We were told a little bit about the origin of the breed and it was quite interesting to learn more about them. The Icelandic horses is a breed that is developed in Iceland, although it was the Scandinavian settlers in the 9th and 10th century who originally took the ponies to Iceland. In their native country they have few diseases,  Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animals are not allowed to return. This is the only breed of horse in Iceland, and they are also popular internationally, and sizable populations exist in Europe and North America. The breed is still used for traditional farm work in its native country, as well as for leisure, showing, and racing.



 

 

 

 

Brutus the dog was very friendly and Monica here became his new best friend, he also got to go with us when we went horse back riding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is Monica on her very friendly horse Lady. 

 

 

 

 

And Berit got a handsome boy (the one I was telling about in the beginning), he had a very Icelandic name and we could not pronounce it properly so Berit named him something similar to his name that was easier to pronounce. Very sorry to say that I don't remember it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is me on Saphire, she was very nice but she liked to be the boss sometimes and show all the other horses what to do. And just like me she was stubborn. We were a perfect match. 

 

Our horse back riding session lasted for almost 2 hours and it was absolutely beautiful. The landscape is breathtaking and you feel like you are in one of those Icelandic sagas. (A saga is a series of novel dealing with the families that first settled in Iceland and their descendants, with the histories of the kings of Norway, and with the myths and legends of early Germanic gods and heroes). If you ever go to Iceland go horseback riding it is so worth the time and money. www.extremeiceland.is this is the link I would recommend if you want to do any activities in Iceland / Reykjavik. 

 

So now it was back to the apartment to take a long shower to get the horse smell out of us and then dinner and drinks.  As we were 6 people traveling together we decided to get an apartment with 3 bedrooms. We found an apartment hotel called Downtown Reykjavik apartments. It was great! The guy in the reception was just outstanding and so helpful, nice and funny, and the rooms was really great, big, clean and comfy. 

 


    

 

 

 

 

 

The thing about the apartment hotel is that it is not someone in the reception at all times, which is not a problem at all, there was a phone number you could call 24/7 and there was a code for the front door that all the guest could use to get in. The area where the hotel is located is very quiet and peaceful and it is only about 10 min walk to the city centre. The picture above shows Medin leaving a note for the manager of the hotel, he just had to sit down at the reception counter to do that. Some other guest actually thought he worked there:)  

 

 

So, first night in Reykjavik, out to get dinner and drinks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So this is the restaurant we ended up in. We hadn't made any reservations and we really didn't have any clue of where to go, so we decided to just walk around and see what we could find. And this place looked very nice and they had an available table for 6 people. It looked promising.   

 

 

 

 

We got our table at the restaurant and started with ordering some drinks. It took first of all about 15 minutes before someone even came to our table to get our order, just for the drinks. no wonder why Lars and Medin are so happy when they finally got their beers, about 30 minutes after we sat down! So with a pretty bad first impression we figured it would be best if everybody ordered the same from the menu, in other words, we went for the set menu, a 5 course meal.

 

 

 

 

Yeh, had to wait a bit for that. And the worst thing is that by the time we got our first dish, us girls hadn't gotten our wine yet! The first dish was just some garnish, it taste okay but the presentation of it did not impress any of us.

 

The second dish, did not look nice at all, but it tasted beautifully, it was really good. The pink lumps there is salmon, a very fresh and nice salmon. 

 

 

 

 

By the time we were finished with our second dish us girls finally got our wine. Had to complaint a few times to get it as well. That really should not be necessary, especially at a place like this where they were supposed to be a fancy restaurant. 

 

 

 

 

Getting the wine so late and not being very impressed with the food was not the only problem with this restaurant. Several of the staff was not very nice or service minded and they had no clue who to serve the food what so ever. I must say that there was one of the girls working there who were very nice, polite and service minded.  If I was the manager of that place I would be embarrassed. However, not any of this stuff was going to ruin our night!

 

 

 

 

Moving on to more salmon..............

 

 

 

 

Again, the salmon tasted very nice, but the presentation of the dish was not impressing at all. More wine any one?

 

Next dish, not possible to get more wine, we would stay there the whole night waiting for it then......

 

 

 

 

 

So this time the presentation was okay however the taste was only okay as well, kind of expected a little bit more of a taste on this main course. Now we were just waiting for dessert, this had to be good, I mean how wrong can you go on dessert!

 

 

 

 

Oh you can go very wrong! This was supposed to be some kind of chocolate fondant, but it was just dry and so not tasty at all, most of us did not even finish it. Sad because I love chocolate fondant.

 

It was just time to move on to something better...................... mojitos!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

That was actually the last picture I took that night. We stayed at that bar for a few drinks and went home after that. We had planned a big day that Saturday:)

 

 

 

to be continued................. read the wold post on www.mstravelipsy.com

 

 

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