Modern-day Iceland is terminally weird, if writer-director Baltasar Kormákur's debut film 101 Reykjavík is anything to go by. Our guide to this...... more
Modern-day Iceland is terminally weird, if writer-director Baltasar Kormákur's debut film 101 Reykjavík is anything to go by. Our guide to this particular Icelandic saga is Hlynur, 28-year-old unemployed slacker and one-man Nordic-gloom factory; "I'll be dead after I die. I was dead before I was born. Life is just a break from death," he muses. After his gut-freezingly boring family Christmas dinner--whose highpoint is watching a video of last year's ditto--you can see his point. Distraction, and a welcome dose of Southern warmth, comes in the form of his mother's flamenco teacher Lola (the delicious Victoria Abril). Only after sleeping with her does he discover that she's not just Mum's teacher, but her lover as well. A little like Pĺl Sletaune's 1997 Norwegian postie-comedy Junk Mail, 101 Reykjavík gets a lot of lugubrious fun from its protagonist's sheer social and emotional ineptitude--though to give Hlynur his due, most of his mates seem equally clueless, (the women, as so often in this kind of movie, come off rather better). We've been here before, of course--as a male with a severe case of delayed adolescence is gradually brought to engage with adulthood--but the offbeat humour and eccentric details of Kormákur's film keep it fresh and engaging. Whether--in view of remarks like "Reykjavík is like some backwater in Siberia, with glaciated diarrhoea,"--it will do much for the Icelandic tourist trade is another matter!On the DVD: Filmographies for Kormákur, Abril, and lead male actor Hilmir Snaer Gudnason; subtitles and menu; and the theatrical trailer, which contains snatches of several scenes evidently cut from the final release. The sound is clean and immediate (score co-composed by Damon Albarn) and the widescreen print preserves the original 16:9 ratio. --Philip Kemp
Iceland roundtrip, Reykjavik, Akuyeri, Breiđdalsvík, Núpar, Selfoss - save 20%
Your eight-day Iceland round-trip starts at the Hotel Plaza, in Rejkjavik, where you'll stay one night in a Standard room.On the next day, you will be...... more
Your eight-day Iceland round-trip starts at the Hotel Plaza, in Rejkjavik, where you'll stay one night in a Standard room.On the next day, you will be accommodated in Hotel Kea, where you'll stay two nights in a Standard room.On your fourth day, you will be accommodated in Hotel Bláfell, in a Standard room.After that, you can enjoy the comfortable Standard room of Hotel Núpar.The sixth day, you will be accommodated in Hotel Selfoss, where you'll stay one night in a Standard room.On the last, seventh and eight days of your roundtrip, you will be accommodated in Hotel Plaza's Standard room.There is also breakfast included in all your hotel accommodations and five dinners in the hotels outside Rejkjavik and you get a complimentary entrance to the museum in Glaumbaer and Skogar, as well as shared return airport transfer.This offer is available for departures between April and August 2014, and is based on two adults only.The discount:We advertise this offer at up to 33% off. We calculate this discount percentage based on the rates we offer compared to the best available rate. An example of our top discount is:On 04/06/2014, two people may book a one-night stay in a Standard room (inclusions as noted above) and will pay Ł2,200 per room, per stay, compared to the best available rate of Ł2,700 per room, per stay. Based on this calculation, by booking with Secret Escapes, you will save 33%.The discounts, price and availability stated above were checked on 02/04/2014.The offer is 100% non-refundable and date changes are not possible once the booking has been made.
Your tour starts at the CenterHotel Plaza, Reykjavik, where you will stay for one night in a Standard Double/Twin room.Then you will transfer to Hotel...... more
Your tour starts at the CenterHotel Plaza, Reykjavik, where you will stay for one night in a Standard Double/Twin room.Then you will transfer to Hotel Kea, for a three-night stay in a Standard Double/Twin room.Afterwards you will stay for one night in a Standard Double/Twin room at Hotel Blafell, one night in a Standard Double/Twin room at Hotel Nupar, one night in a Standard Double/Twin room at Hotel Selfoss and finally you'll spend your last night in a Standard Double/Twin room at CenterHotel Plaza.Breakfast is included throughout, as well as five dinners and entrance fees to the Glaumbaer and Skogar museums.This offer is available for departures between May and September 2014 and is based on two adults only.Flights are included from your selected departure airport to Reykjavik. 5kg hand luggage and 20kg hold luggage allowance per person is included, as well as shared airport transfers.The discount:We advertise this offer at up to 26% off. We calculate this discount percentage based on the rates we offer compared to the supplier's online rate. An example of our top discount is:On 07/05/2014, (leaving from London Luton), two people may book the holiday (inclusions as noted above) and will pay Ł1,163 per person, per stay, compared to the supplier's online rate of Ł1,570 per person, per stay. Based on this calculation, by booking with Secret Escapes, you will save 26%.The discounts, price and availability stated above were checked on 27/03/2014.The offer is 100% non-refundable and date changes are not possible once the booking has been made.Secret Escapes is acting as an agent for Inspired Luxury Escapes with ATOL number 3634 and your contract is with that company. You'll find contact details for Inspired Luxury Escapes in your booking received email.
Reykjavik is Iceland`s gateway to the world and is one of the smallest metropolises on Earth. Just over a hundred thousand people live in this the...... more
Reykjavik is Iceland`s gateway to the world and is one of the smallest metropolises on Earth. Just over a hundred thousand people live in this the northernmost of all cities that is sometimes referred to as Iceland's 'Smokey Bay'. The Hallgrims Kirkja is one of Reykjavik's main landmarks, a Neo Gothic church that was built between 1945 and 1986. It was named after a famous religious minister and poet of the 17th century, Hallgímur Pétursson. Both its design and large dimensions are impressive. Tjörnin is located in the centre of the city, a wonderful small lake surrounded by spacious parks and the new City Hall is also located there. Krists Kirkja is the city's main Catholic church and in 1989 the Pope preached within its walls marking the first visit of the Pontificate to Iceland. Narrow elegant bridges span across the splendid ponds of the Botanical Garden, a popular destination for the inhabitants of Reykjavik. However, small forests of conifers are the only real sign of nature on this remote and barren island. Chimneys are a rarity in Reykjavik. The majority of its houses are heated by geothermic water. Indeed, many of its pavements and streets are heated, a convenient asset that saves much money on snow clearance and makes life a lot easier for the local population. In Iceland the summer months are bright but in spring and autumn there are long periods when there is little daylight. July is the time of the famous midnight sun and thanks to the Gulf Stream the island enjoys a relatively temperate climate with cool summers and quite mild winters. Historic sights, hi-tech buildings and the charm of a small town. All this is Reykjavik, a remote metropolis built on fire and ice!
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Hlynur Bjorn is an Icelandic slacker who spends his time on the internet, watching daytime television and generally gawping at girls in pubs. Imagine his...... more
Hlynur Bjorn is an Icelandic slacker who spends his time on the internet, watching daytime television and generally gawping at girls in pubs. Imagine his surprise when his mum comes out as a lesbian and her Spanish girlfriend moves into the family home.
Advantages: Great value for Reykjavik; good home-style Balkan grub Disadvantages: Limited drinks
...For such a small city Reykjavik has a lot of places to eat and among them a fairly wide choice of cuisines; one that we had not expected to find was a restaurant serving typical dishes from the Balkans and though this actually meant mainly Bulgaria and not our beloved Yugoslavia, we felt compelled to give it a try.
Balkanika is situated at the end of a row of colourful low rises buildings just...
Advantages: Impressive design; accessible; inexpensive for tower; the views Disadvantages: Interior not much to write home about
...Though there are some striking and handsome architectural sights in Reykjavik, when one thinks of attractions in Iceland, it is not usually those in the built environment that spring to mind. However, there is one building that stands out above all others on the island, and not just because of its physical location.
The Hallgrimskirkja is the largest church in Iceland and it dominates...
Advantages: Beatiful, crowd-free, unspoiled Disadvantages: Cold (just wrap up warm) and expensive
I have just returned from a family holiday in Reykjavik, the most northerly capital in the world. No one in our family is suited to the heat and we are not drawn by beach holidays. We were attracted by the reported beauty of the city and Iceland promised adventure with its volcanic landscape, geysers and waterfalls, puffins and whales. We were not disappointed and we left keen to...