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Arriving in Reykjavik on a Saturday night

It is almost 4 am, which is exactly 24 hours since I got up, but I am so buzzing by my surroundings that I have to get this written down!

I’ll leave to Varna – Prague – Reykjavik part to another time because it really isn’t that interesting.

This is my Day 1 views of Reykjavik!

How to Get from Reykjavik Airport to Town or Your Hotel

Very efficient, if not all that cheap. FlyBus/Reykjavik Excursions run buses that are 35 Euro for one way, 55 Euro including a return back to the hotel. You get a coloured ticket and they either drop you off on the way, or you get dropped off at the main bus station, from where you transfer to a different bus. I did the latter.

Centrum Guesthouse

I was to be staying at Centrum Guesthouse and had been provided a code, as I was due to arrive at 2 am and no one would be awake. Fair enough. As we arrived, I noticed not only were we very much central, but there were people literally EVERYWHERE. I dropped my bags in what was a very nice room and headed out.

What is Reykjavik like on a Saturday night?

Fucking mental. People of all colours and creeds, scantily dressed considering the weather drunkenly walking the streets or lining up to get into bars. 

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Where were they drinking?

Amusingly, the busiest bars I could see were the English, Irish, and American Bars.

Any dodgy bars in Reykjavik?

I walked passed one bar, Shooters that had rather sexily glad ladies beckoning gentlemen in, it was the only bar without a line and looked empty. My spidey senses were tingling but I took a quick look inside before leaving. Apparently, Shooters is the sketchiest bar in Reykjavik, where despite it being illegal, one may get a lap dance for about $150. 

Is there street food in Reykjavik? 

In the middle of the two main bar streets, there were 4 carts serving crepes, hot-dogs, shawarma, and amazingly lobster sandwiches (at $20 each).

There was also a 24-hour market, not selling alcoholic, but pizza and a drink for about $8, but get this! Pepsi costs $4. I was not in the mood for a cola quest! The only cheap soft drink I could find was called “Orka”, which came out to be about a dollar for a bottle (I think it was on special).

I had gorged on food in the lounge at Prague, so did not try any culinary delights, and felt it a bit pointless dropping $20 alone on a pint in a really busy bar full of drunk people (Jesus I sound like the Grinch). 

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Day 1 for the Street Food Guy was all about people watching, and Reykjavik surely delivered.

When I was in Israel and Palestine I kind of begrudged paying $10 plus a drink, because there really wasn’t a vibe. Reykjavik has a vibe, and I see a few naughty nights on my horizon.

Country 145, Iceland – I am inside you.

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Orka – The unhealthiest drink in Iceland

Budget Eating in Reykjavik