When you grow up on the water, as I did in a small town in Essex, appreciating the all-consuming freezing cold seaside mist becomes more than a little bit addictive. its good for the lungs and the soul. Now living in the suburbs of Surrey (nowhere near water) whenever I travel somewhere new, whether hot or cold, I simply gravitate to be near the water. In Iceland’s case, a lagoon.
Iceland is an incredible place for scenery. Shopping, not so much. But exploring the rustic landscape, floating in the outdoor thermal spas, munching on local delicacies, absolutely.
Where to stay? I couldn’t recommend Icelandair Hotels Reykjavik Marina more. It’s very easy to hunker down with a good bottle or red and some magazines in the little snugs of the hotel’s ground floor. the bar is very welcoming too, and the main town centre only a stroll away.
Food. I’m all about the food! Trying the homemade ice cream, fresh from the farm at Efstidalur (can you spy those cows through the window?) is a must. Ok, a rotating restaurant is a bit gimicky, but Perlan’s traditional Icelandic lobster soup makes any motion sickness worth while!
At Kopar restaurant on the harbour, try The Holy Crab, a medley of rock crab soup, crab cake and crab salad. Admittedly, I’m a crab fiend (we have fresh dressed crab from the shell on Christmas day in my house) and this dish has persuaded me to try cooking with it more. Usually I take my crab with nothing more than vinegar and a little buttered brown bread, but this Kopar dish was sensational. Team Iceland. A huge thanks to these lovely ladies who made my Iceland experience so memorable. A extra special thank you to Yumi for making it all possible.