Attack of the zombies (aka Reykjavik, day one)

August 6th, 2010

Our plane landed in Iceland around 6:30 AM and after picking up our bags, taking a bus into Reykjavik, and checking in at our hotel we were pretty exhausted and hungry. We stopped to have some breakfast at the Grey Cat.

The artwork to the right was made by the owner of the Grey Cat.

We definitely needed our coffee fix.

Yum! Eggs with stewed tomatoes, potatoes, bacon, and toast! The perfect cure for our zombiefication.

The interior is quite cozy with vintage copper and black painted pendant lights and lots of books.

We are staying at the 101 Hotel which used to be the Icelandic Social Democratic Party’s former home until it was transformed by owner and designer Ingiborg S. Palmadottir.

There are rows and rows of design literature throughout the lobby.

At the entrance to our room was this beautiful black glossy catch-all mounted to the wall. It fits everything perfectly.

The room is simple and clean with heated oak floors and Italian linen sheets. We really loved the 3 oak shelves in the entrance.

There is a long counter which is used as a desk, a television stand, and a bar.

Our little mini bar with some Icelandic treats.

Another cool feature was having a little drawer full of little gifts you can buy.

The bathroom took some getting used to, with its frosted glass and full mirrors.

After food and shower we headed out into the sunshine for a wander.

We were running out of fuel so we stopped off to get another round of lattes and a couple of croissants at Sandholt cafe.

Refueled, we headed down to the harbor area.

Our first dinner in Reykjavik was at La Primavera which we heard to be one of Jamie Oliver’s favorite restaurants. It’s a fusion between Icelandic and Italian cuisine, we were intrigued.

It was a bit of an early dinner, so it felt like we had the place to ourselves.

The first course was goats cheese sauce under a bed of prosciutto topped with arugula and drizzled with oil. It was very savory and the arugula added a nice peppery flavour that balanced the dish. The bread basket also saw a lot of action.

The main was slow cooked lamb, tagliatelle, Parmesan and parsley. Simple, delicious, comfort food–exactly what we needed that night.

The desert was a panna cotta with vanilla and orange garnish. I didn’t think I liked panna cotta until now.

I guess they were right about the whole Jamie Oliver thing.

Our last stop of the evening was Prikid for a couple of pints.

Viking pints of course.

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  1. AAAAAAH this all looks amazing!!


    6 Aug 10 at 3:34 pm

  2. Yay! Thanks for sharing these guys! I love the light in Iceland and my mouth is watering for some Viking beer now. ;)


    6 Aug 10 at 6:43 pm

  3. oh my lordy!
    I really really really want to go to iceland, so badly. it looks like such a beautiful place!


    6 Aug 10 at 6:55 pm

  4. Wow, It looks like it was a perfect way to spend the first day here in Iceland, love the pictures!

    Nanna Dís

    7 Aug 10 at 7:12 pm

  5. Hi! Lovely pictures from your trip to Reykavik, really made me want to go back…and in the summertime, not that nice in november (and with the whole demonstration against the govermnet thing….in 2008). Hope you also check out the fantastic Blue Lagoon too :)


    8 Aug 10 at 3:16 am

  6. Hotel 101 looks great! I love the catch-all, clear side table and of course all of the food pics! It sure looks like fall over there! I found an old case of Opals in the basement a few months ago and felt too nostalgic to throw them out haha. Can’t wait to see more!


    8 Aug 10 at 11:19 am

  7. Beginning with bacon, and ending with beer. Sounds like the perfect day! I hope to try some Viking Beer sometime myself.

    Man on a Budget

    9 Aug 10 at 3:58 pm

  8. oh, we used to go to the Grey Cat for hot drinks all the time…love it :)


    10 Aug 10 at 8:42 am

  9. I’m kind of surprised by how expensive the 101 hotel is (even though it looks neat). My understanding was that Iceland had become economical to travel to, but the 101 costs US$360 and upwards a night!


    12 Aug 10 at 8:52 am

  10. I also thought that after the economic crash Iceland was going to be less expensive! It’s not really true. I think there’s a bit of a misconception that Iceland is a cheap trip. Scandinavia is a very expensive place to visit, the food, drinks, accommodations, it’s all very expensive. I do however think that it is possible to visit Iceland and be economical. there are definitely modern affordable hotels in Reykjavik besides the 101 hotel, and there are tons of great fresh seafood for reasonable prices (or hot dogs!). I think it goes without saying that When you stay at a hotel like 101, you’re not simply paying for a bed, you’re paying for the experience of staying at a modern boutique hotel which is well designed and filled with fantastic Icelandic art, architectural books, and fantastic service. Neither of us have ever stayed at a boutique hotel before, and only going for a few nights gave us the opportunity.

    When you only have 3 days to see the best of Reykjavik, you kind of just have to go for it.

    John & Juli

    12 Aug 10 at 9:23 am

  11. Thanks for the lowdown. We travelled to Norway and Sweden last summer and didn’t enjoy Norway (at least, we were put off the fjords, less so Oslo) partly because of the disappointing value of everything. Sweden was also expensive but so much of it was great as well. And I certainly agree — a good boutique hotel can really make a short trip special (i-escape, the British website is very good for finding them, by the way).


    15 Aug 10 at 5:03 pm

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