I had done all the tours I wanted to do whilst in Reykjavik, I had seen the Northern Lights, now it was time for me to catch up on sleep and writing so I booked into a highly recommended hotel in Keflavik. It’s about a ten-minute drive from the airport so I got the airport bus from Reykjavik then jumped in a taxi at the airport. It cost me 3100isk (about £16.43) but I later found out that the hotel I stayed at collects you from the airport if you let them know beforehand.
Keflavik is pretty quiet but this is just how I like it but to be honest even Reykjavik seemed quiet to me.
I went to visit the giantess in the cave which is just in front of the hotel. It’s based on a popular islandic children book series by Herdís Egilsdóttir about a little girl Sigga and the Giantess.
As I was approaching the cave I didn’t know what to expect, I could hear snoring coming from inside, I just had visions of something jumping out at me, so I tenderly stepped inside and I came across a Christmas tree, a large bed and then farting, yes the giantess snores and farts, it was hilarious.
Near the cave there are some stone trolls that look out for visitors, there are quite a few stories about trolls and elves in Iceland which make it nice for kids and big kids like me.
There is a supermarket which is great for saving pennies rather than eating out. I did eat out on the last night purely because I had Krona that needed to be used otherwise I would happily have got something from the market and warmed it up in the hotel.
The area is so peaceful and the views of the sea were lovely from the cliff where you can walk along and look at the seabirds and snow covered mountains in the background. I just sat on a bench breathing in the clean air watching the world go by.
The food was delicious and the views of the sea were great. I had a wonderful table right by the window. The restaurant is really cosy and the choices on the menu were vast. It was hard to decide what to have. Though quite expensive it was average for Iceland and it was excellent quality food. (See 5 great eats in Iceland)
The best thing about this hotel is it is so peaceful. Although if you have a loud snorer next door this could be a problem as the walls are quite thin.
I was sat in bed one evening and I noticed something moving outside the window when I looked it was the northern lights. It was spectacular viewing them from here. I went outside as a little distance from the hotel there is a pathway that takes you to the top of the cliff where there are no lights. The lights were outstanding from the cliff with the sea in the background. It was my second timed of seeing the lights, the first time was by the waterfall Seljalandsfoss which looked so different to how the lights were shining here. They were huge and went right over my head. Im so happy I have seen them from two different perspectives as it’s like two different experiences.
Sitting in the lounge area is like being in someone’s living room it was so cosy with background music playing, there is a chess board, scrabble, if I was with friends it would be a great place to play games whilst looking at the amazing view of the mountains and sea and at night keep an eye out for the lights then go exploring.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t visit the blue lagoon due to it being closed for maintenance but it was close to here. I would highly recommend staying in Keflavik if you are either on an airline stop over or want a short break away.