Visiting Iceland

In July this year I had the opportunity to present my work at the DATA2013 conference which located at the Reykjavík University. After the conference I appended two days in order visit the country. So far, this has been the most exotic place I have been and I was deeply impressed by the beauty of Iceland. I booked a day trip with a local bus company and visited the main sights, including the Strokkur Geysir in the Haukadalu valley, the Gullfoss waterfall, a geothermal power plant and the Þingvellir national park. On the next day I went to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, which was awesome (and expensive :-)).

Due to the price level in Iceland, I stayed budget hostels. The first on (Hostel 66) is a bit run down and a bit solitary, but staff was great and I had my own bathroom. What I had to learn was that its not necessarily the room that causes a weird smell, its the hot water and the sulfur that it contains 🙂 I then moved to Hostel B47 which is really central and rather modern. Next time I would probably go to the Kex Hostel, because its frequented by a lot of young people and they have a great bar to meet other travellers.

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