The largest city in Iceland is Reykjavik. Our tour guide informed us that 2/3 of the entire population lives there. We opted to base ourselves out of Reykjavik & take trips from there. We loved staying in town and getting to come back at the end of each day. We stayed at the gorgeous Fosshotel. It’s the largest hotel in Reykjavik, located in the business section. It was a lovely spot because it afforded us equal views of the harbor, water area, and was situated just a few blocks from the vibrant downtown.
The very new hotel was filled with local architecture and artistic touches. Both here and all over town I was obsessed with the cool lighting fixtures. Gone were the standard florescent lights that you see all over the US, and in their place were these funky geometric lights. I wanted to take all of them home with me!
Each morning (when we managed to drag ourselves out of our cozy bed), we loaded up on a big breakfast so that we’d have lots of energy for hiking, dog sledding, and more trekking through snow!
This is the only shot that I got of our hotel room. Between waking up early for excursions out to go horseback riding & dog sledding, and staying out all night to hunt for the Northern Lights, by the time we got back to our hotel room, we were about ready to pass out. I will say that our hotel room was nice & warm and had plenty of storage for our big coats. We heavily used the front shelves for our snow boots because when we came tramping back inside, we’d get the floors all wet!
The hotel itself was so lovely and comfortable that we opted to stay in for dinner one night & were so glad that we did! Not only was the food fresh (we both ordered fish dishes) & delicious, but there was a championship game on TV. Iceland was playing their arch rivals in handball. I will admit to having never watched handball before, but all of the locals were crowded in to catch the game on the big screen. Their energy was infectious and it was so much fun to get to be a part of their local culture.