Iceland Day 1: Travelling, Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Friday, January 05, 2018

Back in November we went on our first child free holiday to Iceland. It was a bucket list destination for both of us and we had planned to make the most of every moment whilst we were there. We booked direct through Icelandair, Iceland's main airline, and put together a package holiday with flights and hotel being provided by Icelandair and our excursions were provided by Reykjavik Excursions. 

We flew from Birmingham airport with Icelandair to Keflavic airport in Iceland. We were really pleased with the service from Icelandair. The staff were friendly, the amenities on the plane were great. Soft drinks were free, we had a large choice of in-flight movies and I enjoyed reading the in-flight magazine which had lots of interesting information about Iceland. We payed for Flybus tickets to take us to our hotel and pick us up to take us back to the airport on our last day so as soon as we arrived at the airport we picked up our tickets and jumped on the first Flybus. 

We were dropped off right outside Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura about mid-afternoon. It was a lovely hotel with a really nice main reception area with a restaurant attached. The bedrooms were quite basic but the only thing we really found to complain about was the fact we had two single beds pushed together with two single duvets but for the price we paid overall, we were really pleased with what we had. 

After we had settled in our room we decided to go out for a walk and do some exploring. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Reykjavik so we decided to give it a go and hope we wouldn't get lost. We got all of our woollies on and headed out. The ground was covered in deep snow but the walk was really smooth and we found the city centre pretty easily. We had a good walk around figuring out what was around and where we could go over the next few days for food, shopping etc. before heading back to the hotel for some food in the restaurant SATT. We managed to time it really well and were walking towards our hotel just in time to see the sun setting. 

It turned out that while we were there it was a buffet only restaurant at a price of around £35 per person (not including drinks). We decided to give it a go on our first night anyway and were glad we did. The food was very nice, very well cooked and there was a good selection of different foods and desserts. We did really enjoy the food but I would only pay that price if you are really hungry and are likely to make the most of it. It is a shame there is no other option or a light menu for days when you have less of an appetite. 

After a long day of travelling and exploring and a lovely meal we were done for the day and ready to rest before another day of excitement to follow. 

Missed my other Iceland posts?

Day Two,  Northern Lights Proposal

Day Three, Golden Circle Tour & Fontana Wellness Spa

Day Four, Sam's Birthday, Shopping and The Blue Lagoon

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15 comments

  1. Honestly so jealous of you right now!! A friend of mine went to Iceland just after Christmas and the pictures he took were just breathtaking. It looks like you guys had a gorgeous holiday and made some fantastic memories!

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  2. Iceland has always been somewhere that I would love to visit - it's definitely on my list for the future. I love landing in a new place and going off to explore and work out where you are going to do your shopping etc. It's so much fun! Have a great time.

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    1. It is definitely worth a visit. There is so much to see I may need to go back and explore the parts we didn’t have time to visit.

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  3. This sounds like you had a really nice time away. Shame about the single beds though that can be a real pain! I've never considered visiting Iceland personally. How would you rate the trip on a scale of 1-10?

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    1. It was lovely though I was pleased to sleep in my bed the first night home haha. It is a beautiful country especially in Winter and the food was great. The trips were well organised so I would see a 9/10 and I am usually fussy!

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  4. Iceland has always been on our list of places to visit, your blog is really helpful if we do head there. Love your photos!

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  5. I am so jealous that you went to Iceland - it is top of my bucket list! Travelling on holiday can be quite stressful so I am glad you had a good experience

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    1. I have always wanted to go so I was so glad we made it there!

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  6. Oh my a child free holiday, you lucky thing ha. Iceland is somewhere i have always wanted to visit. It looks amazing and I'm a lover of experiences different countries and ways of living. Such a shame about the single beds but the rest made up for it im sure x

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    1. It is something I can do now I can send them to their Dad’s while I have a break. It was so lovely to get away and an experience I will never forget.

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  7. What an exciting trip! Iceland is on my travel bucket list and the place you're in specifically! Have a blast!

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    1. It was amazing! We did so much in the few days we had and it was the best experience.

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  8. Now this is on my list to do for this year. I have been so busy just not got around to booking yet x

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