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Kara Sharalien
Gallente
Federal Navy Academy
Posted - 2011.01.14 15:01:00 - [1]
 

Hi, got some general questions here about the fanfest that I would like to get some answers for, preferably from locals, or people in the know.

This is the stuff you don't find on the fanfest site, but may be relevant to first time international travelers like myself, or even experienced travelers. I encourage readers of this thread to ask and answer relevant questions.

Don't just link google, this thread is a community resource thread for all fanfest attendees, lets try to make it useful.

1. I plan to walk from the hotel to the convention center and back, as well as around the city. I am from a hot climate, I do not winter/cold what is this I dont even. What is the average temperature and climate at that time of year, and what kind of clothes will I need, is there anything I should bring as a precaution?

2. What kind of power plugs and voltage do Icelandic power sockets use?

3. What kind of food can one typically find around town for lunch and dinner? Are there any local foods I must try, or should avoid?

4. Are there areas of the city I should avoid? Are there times I should not be out? Are there demographics of people I should steer clear of, and if so how can I identify them?

RaTTuS
BIG
Gentlemen's Agreement
Posted - 2011.01.14 15:07:00 - [2]
 

4) - probably anyone with a =v= shirt Wink

Captain Megadeath
Posted - 2011.01.14 15:09:00 - [3]
 

Originally by: Kara Sharalien

4. Are there areas of the city I should avoid? Are there times I should not be out? Are there demographics of people I should steer clear of, and if so how can I identify them?


Steer clear of the city centre, it's full of Icelandic Bankers.

You will recognise them immediately, flash suits, rolex watches (bought by monies stole from the British Taxpayer) and promises of great interest rates.

Tippia
Caldari
Sunshine and Lollipops
Posted - 2011.01.14 15:12:00 - [4]
 

Edited by: Tippia on 14/01/2011 15:14:05
1. Bring warm clothes. Also bring something to put them in. Layers are good for you and you'll probably want to vary how many you use at any given time. Above all, though, bring something that is windproof and can staid rain, because those are the things that will get you. An umbrella will just die from the combination and is not a useful substitute.

2. Standard EU C/F-type plug (two round pegs) and current (220-240v @ 50Hz)

3. They have the same chains as everyone else, if you want to go for the familiar, and standard Northern-European fare everywhere else. Fish and lamb are the main "local" sources. Can't personally tell you much about the really odd stuff, though…

Meiyang Lee
Gallente
Azteca Transportation Unlimited
Gunboat Diplomacy
Posted - 2011.01.14 15:20:00 - [5]
 

Edited by: Meiyang Lee on 14/01/2011 15:20:48
I'm not local to Reykjavik, but I can share some stuff I learned on my last Fanfest visit.

1) depending on where you hotel is, that can be quite a walk. From the Hilton (my hotel was about 1 block behind that one) to the city centre is roughly 40 minutes walk.
The Fanfest venue is pretty close to the Hilton though.

The city doesn't have many inhabitants as such, but it is very spread out.
Taxi's aren't all that expensive though, you're looking at ~$13 (1500 ISK) for a ride from the city centre back to the fanfest venue. Public transport is pretty cheap too.

As for the climate, it'll be spring. So 4-6 degrees Celcius is a reasonable estimate, but I'm not entirely sure. If you're used to a warm climate, bring a very good coat at least, the wind can be pretty nasty. A bunch of sweaters wouldn't hurt either.

2) The plugs are standard EU ones, 230V 50Hz alternating current.
EU power plug

3) There are many different restaurants, café's and fast food places dotted all over the city.
So you should be able to find food to almost any taste.

As for stuff you really should try, I can think of one dish. Puffin is fairly expensive, but very very tasty. A really gamy kind of meat with a strong flavour, it is delicious.





Kara Sharalien
Gallente
Federal Navy Academy
Posted - 2011.01.14 15:20:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Tippia
Layers are good for you and you'll probably want to vary how many you use at any given time.


As I said, I don't winter/cold. The concept of layers is alien to me. Does layers mean a long-sleeve shirt, a jumper and a water/wind proof rain jacket, or does it mean buying dedicated snow-proof under-layers and bringing the thermal undercoat from my motorbike jacket as well? Confused

Meiyang Lee
Gallente
Azteca Transportation Unlimited
Gunboat Diplomacy
Posted - 2011.01.14 15:24:00 - [7]
 

Originally by: Kara Sharalien
Originally by: Tippia
Layers are good for you and you'll probably want to vary how many you use at any given time.


As I said, I don't winter/cold. The concept of layers is alien to me. Does layers mean a long-sleeve shirt, a jumper and a water/wind proof rain jacket, or does it mean buying dedicated snow-proof under-layers and bringing the thermal undercoat from my motorbike jacket as well? Confused


Think shirt under a sweater with a wind-proof jacket over it. The sea wind can be rather chilly and will cut through you like a knife if your coat isn't up to it. As for the layers he mentions, you'll want to be very well insulated outside, but if you're inside (like at the fanfest venue), then you may want to loose the jacket or sweater since it can be warm inside.

RaTTuS
BIG
Gentlemen's Agreement
Posted - 2011.01.14 15:25:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Kara Sharalien
Originally by: Tippia
Layers are good for you and you'll probably want to vary how many you use at any given time.


As I said, I don't winter/cold. The concept of layers is alien to me. Does layers mean a long-sleeve shirt, a jumper and a water/wind proof rain jacket, or does it mean buying dedicated snow-proof under-layers and bringing the thermal undercoat from my motorbike jacket as well? Confused

lots of thin layers work better [long sleeve's will be good]
and some form of wind proof / water proof outer jacket

Seras Athran
Posted - 2011.01.14 15:27:00 - [9]
 

Edited by: Seras Athran on 14/01/2011 15:36:45
1. All the hotels from the FanFest packages are within 20-30 minutes walk from the Laugardalsholl. If you "don't do cold" you'll need to wrap up warm; average temperatures in March are only just above freezing (2-3 degrees celcius, 35-ish degrees farenheit). It will probably rain more than once, as like that other small island within the Gulf Stream that we all know and love, the weather varies frequently. Hat, gloves, scarf, and a big coat will do you fine, since you'll be indoors most of the time anyway unless you plan on staying longer for sightseeing or doing the Sisters of EVE thang.

2. 2 pin 220v 50hz European-style sockets.

3. If you're feeling adventurous and can find somewhere that serves a Þorramatur buffet, you might want to give that a try, as it consists of many local delicacies, including Hakarl and Brennevin. It will be out-of-season in March, but you might be able to get it somewhere if you're lucky.

4. Icelanders tend to go out very late and drink at home first due to the high (read "extortionate") price of alcohol. Bars and clubs can seem dead until about midnight and will then fill up suddenly. Laugavegur is the main shopping district in Reykjavik, and has a lot of cafes that will become bars at night.

As for "trouble", I've never heard of or experienced anything of the sort from a particular area or demographic, but your milage may vary. Lots of drunk people congregating in a confined space for hours on end will always cause the odd fight, but that can be said of anywhere really.

Tippia
Caldari
Sunshine and Lollipops
Posted - 2011.01.14 15:34:00 - [10]
 

Edited by: Tippia on 14/01/2011 15:38:01
Originally by: Kara Sharalien
As I said, I don't winter/cold. The concept of layers is alien to me. Does layers mean a long-sleeve shirt, a jumper and a water/wind proof rain jacket, or does it mean buying dedicated snow-proof under-layers and bringing the thermal undercoat from my motorbike jacket as well? Confused
Well, the whole place lies right in the middle of the gulf stream, so it's not as cold as you'd think. It's more wet and windy, with some chill added for extra bite.

Layers in this case means: t-shirt, a shirt or something of similar thickness on top of that, a good thick sweater to keep the warmth, and finally a wind/rainproof jacket to keep those two annoyances away. If you "don't do cold", I'd probably suggest that the jacket has at least some insulation as well. "Snow-proof" is a bit over the top, imo.

Oh, and don't forget your feet, hands and head — getting any of those cold will ruin your day in new and interesting ways as well.

CCP Navigator


C C P
C C P Alliance
Posted - 2011.01.14 15:42:00 - [11]
 

Originally by: Kara Sharalien
Hi, got some general questions here about the fanfest that I would like to get some answers for, preferably from locals, or people in the know.

This is the stuff you don't find on the fanfest site, but may be relevant to first time international travelers like myself, or even experienced travelers. I encourage readers of this thread to ask and answer relevant questions.

Don't just link google, this thread is a community resource thread for all fanfest attendees, lets try to make it useful.

1. I plan to walk from the hotel to the convention center and back, as well as around the city. I am from a hot climate, I do not winter/cold what is this I dont even. What is the average temperature and climate at that time of year, and what kind of clothes will I need, is there anything I should bring as a precaution?

2. What kind of power plugs and voltage do Icelandic power sockets use?

3. What kind of food can one typically find around town for lunch and dinner? Are there any local foods I must try, or should avoid?

4. Are there areas of the city I should avoid? Are there times I should not be out? Are there demographics of people I should steer clear of, and if so how can I identify them?


1, The biggest problem with weather that you can expect would be the wind which means you can feel pretty cold at times. A good windproof jacket in late March should be fine but you should pack warm cloths overall.

2, The plugs are standard EU ones, 230V 50Hz alternating current.
EU power plug

3, You should be able to find most foods that you enjoy. Italia is a restaurant that serves, surprisingly, Italian food and is a great place to eat. Ban Thai, Tapasbarinn, Cafe Paris, Argentina and Hereford are other restaurants which are good but can be expensive. For really good food deals you should try Nonnis for a sub and Noodle Station for some hot and spicy soup.

4, Reykjavik is such a great city and it is rare to find trouble when out socialising. the people are friendly and great to hang around with so do not be surprised when Icelanders just strike up a conversation. It is part of their awesome friendliness Smile

Kalle Demos
Amarr
Helix Protocol
Posted - 2011.01.14 15:46:00 - [12]
 

Originally by: CCP Navigator


4, Reykjavik is such a great city and it is rare to find trouble when out socialising. the people are friendly and great to hang around with so do not be surprised when Icelanders just strike up a conversation. It is part of their awesome friendliness Smile


Hmm interesting, I live in the UK and people cant wait to make a fool out of themselves and are completely anti-social so it might be worth checking out Iceland.

Meissa Anunthiel
Redshift Industrial
Rooks and Kings
Posted - 2011.01.14 16:42:00 - [13]
 

Originally by: CCP Navigator

3, You should be able to find most foods that you enjoy. Italia is a restaurant that serves, surprisingly, Italian food and is a great place to eat. Ban Thai, Tapasbarinn, Cafe Paris, Argentina and Hereford are other restaurants which are good but can be expensive. For really good food deals you should try Nonnis for a sub and Noodle Station for some hot and spicy soup.

4, Reykjavik is such a great city and it is rare to find trouble when out socialising. the people are friendly and great to hang around with so do not be surprised when Icelanders just strike up a conversation. It is part of their awesome friendliness Smile


As Icelandair likes to remind people, the most popular restaurant in Iceland is a hot dog stand ;-)
Food is easy to find, and Nonnis is totally awesome, especially at 3am.
Try the cured shark, people say it's horrendous but it's actually not that bad, just not very good either.

Icelanders are usually friendly. Personally I'd steer clear of the skinkas... http://jrbowe.blogspot.com/2010/05/profiling-skinka-and-hnakki.html

Qall Rungbar
Neuro Cartographic Services
Posted - 2011.01.14 16:48:00 - [14]
 

Originally by: Kara Sharalien

3. What kind of food can one typically find around town for lunch and dinner? Are there any local foods I must try, or should avoid?



I for one am looking forward to trying puffin!

KaarBaak
Minmatar
Seatec Astronomy
Posted - 2011.01.14 16:49:00 - [15]
 


When I went in 2009, I saw a place that had Puffin and Whale on the menu. Skipped.

There was another place...not sure how you pronounce it in Icelandic, but it was spelled "Pizza Hut." And it wasn't a hut at all! It was a real building!!

KB

Meiyang Lee
Gallente
Azteca Transportation Unlimited
Gunboat Diplomacy
Posted - 2011.01.14 16:50:00 - [16]
 

Originally by: Qall Rungbar

I for one am looking forward to trying puffin!


I can only recommend it, it's pricey, but damn is it tasty. Very Happy
Will certainly go grab some more of it this fanfest.

Sporked
Posted - 2011.01.14 17:13:00 - [17]
 

Edited by: Sporked on 14/01/2011 17:13:30
Originally by: Meissa Anunthiel

As Icelandair likes to remind people, the most popular restaurant in Iceland is a hot dog stand ;-)
Food is easy to find, and Nonnis is totally awesome, especially at 3am.
Try the cured shark, people say it's horrendous but it's actually not that bad, just not very good either.

Icelanders are usually friendly. Personally I'd steer clear of the skinkas... http://jrbowe.blogspot.com/2010/05/profiling-skinka-and-hnakki.html



Would you care to elaborate on exactly how that shark is cured or should I do it for you? Razz

Mas Cream
Monetary Allocation Certified Securities Inc. II
Posted - 2011.01.14 17:19:00 - [18]
 

Icelandic people should record the facial expressions of tourist eating that shark.

I know I stomached it but it was after plenty of booze.

Zaknussem
Everybody Loves Donuts
Posted - 2011.01.14 19:01:00 - [19]
 

1. Icelandic weather is as unpredictable as it can get. Last year had a grand total of... 10 days of snow and one of the hottest years on record, with temperatures in December going as high as 9°C and as low as -10°C. But we're close to breaking the 10-day record of snow in January alone, and we've had a really cold week lately. Anything can happen, really.

As for March, expect something around -3°C to 6°C, and that's before the wind factor. For you, outdoors Iceland will be COLD, so get a good windbreaker and a better hat. Icelandic houses are 90% well heated and insulated, so don't worry about indoors clothing too much. And the walk to the city center from the Hilton and/or Grand Hotel is roughly 30 minutes.

3. One good custom I've learned regarding foreign cuisine: Don't stop to wonder (or ask) what it is, just EAT IT. If you don't like it, don't eat more of it. This applies everywhere in the world, though there are few places in the world where the food smells as strongly of ammonia as here.

Near the Hilton there's a pizza parlor and a Chinese take-out restaurant, so if all else fails you have those to fall back on.

If you take part in the on-site "Agent missions" at Fanfest, expect to be made to try some of our... "cuisine". Harden up, it'll be a story for the kids later.

4. Odd as this sounds, if you're looking to stay out of trouble then the first place I'd tell you to avoid is... the city center. Especially at night. But then you'd also be missing out on all the FUN. The "No risk = No reward" mantra applies perfectly here.

That said, the amount of "trouble" you can expect is minimal. If you keep your wits about you and are travelling as part of a group, you have nothing to fear or worry about. We Icelanders are open and friendly and willing to help people in trouble. Crime rates are very low compared to major cities in Europe and the US. Make sure to grab a card from the hotel reception, so you can reliably show people/taxi drivers/police officers at what hotel you're staying.

Brennivargur
Posted - 2011.01.14 21:29:00 - [20]
 

A pizza place you have to try: Eldsmiðjan.
http://eldsmidjan.is/

Saeborg Ninja
Posted - 2011.01.14 22:01:00 - [21]
 

Try the whale. It's absolutely delicious.

Baneken
Gallente
The New Knighthood
Apocalypse Now.
Posted - 2011.01.14 22:38:00 - [22]
 

And don't eat salty liquorice you you would just embarrass your self like the bunch of Koreans do in youtube. Razz

CCP Adida


C C P
C C P Alliance
Posted - 2011.01.14 22:44:00 - [23]
 

Originally by: Kara Sharalien
Originally by: Tippia
Layers are good for you and you'll probably want to vary how many you use at any given time.


As I said, I don't winter/cold. The concept of layers is alien to me. Does layers mean a long-sleeve shirt, a jumper and a water/wind proof rain jacket, or does it mean buying dedicated snow-proof under-layers and bringing the thermal undercoat from my motorbike jacket as well? Confused


I'm a born Floridian and I didn't grow up in a cool climate. Here's the easiest way to do layers. I'm not in Iceland but it gets pretty cold where I live. I even have a room in my house I nickname the "Florida room" because I keep it warm and humid.


Chest
1. Your bottom layer should be a tshirt or tank top. In warm climate i'm sure you have one laying around
2. The next layer is a long sleeve or short sleeve tshirt (recommend long sleeve)
3. This layer is either a hoodie or a sweater.
4. This is where you put your jacket on. Big warm jacket. Some people used to the cold might say a windbreaker I recommend a big puffy jacket preferably with down.

Legs
1. Tights, long johns, and/or leggings of some kind
2. Jeans

Just one extra layer on your legs should be good.


GM Horse

Posted - 2011.01.14 22:49:00 - [24]
 

Edited by: GM Horse on 14/01/2011 22:50:54
Originally by: Kara Sharalien

1. I plan to walk from the hotel to the convention center and back, as well as around the city. I am from a hot climate, I do not winter/cold what is this I dont even. What is the average temperature and climate at that time of year, and what kind of clothes will I need, is there anything I should bring as a precaution?


I suppose it's around 5ish degrees celcius. Wearing a good jacket and pants, possibly a hat, should be plenty.

Originally by: Kara Sharalien
2. What kind of power plugs and voltage do Icelandic power sockets use?


I'm gonna go ahead and just link this page I googled because it answers the question beautifully and has pictures of the relevant plugs. (By the way, Denmark's plug rules. So happy!)

Originally by: Kara Sharalien
3. What kind of food can one typically find around town for lunch and dinner? Are there any local foods I must try, or should avoid?


You can find pretty much any kind of food you will find in any major city (though Reykjavík isn't really major city).

As for the local stuff, there's a selection of absolutely horrid native crap such as fermented shark. Other than the bizarre stuff that we only really dig out to disgust foreigners, Icelandic food culture is pretty much identical to western Europe.

You should try to get a good whale steak though. Absolutely delicious.

Originally by: Kara Sharalien
4. Are there areas of the city I should avoid? Are there times I should not be out? Are there demographics of people I should steer clear of, and if so how can I identify them?


Violent crime is extremely rare in Iceland and there is nowhere that I would say is unsafe. The only thing that comes to mind is downtown during the weekends, which gets rather rowdy due to the extreme amounts of inebriation. I wouldn't say it's unsafe, though.

Yblarbo Janks
Caldari
Veto.
Posted - 2011.01.14 23:00:00 - [25]
 

Ready for another bar crawl with Veto. Mr Horse?

Sig Sour
Posted - 2011.01.14 23:13:00 - [26]
 

Make sure you have the 10 essentials and always remember - COTTON KILLS!

Su Seti
Posted - 2011.01.14 23:18:00 - [27]
 

Originally by: GM Horse

You should try to get a good whale steak though. Absolutely delicious.



ya help make whales extinct. this is a disgusting holdover from icelands past industries, please dont support this, or when japan does it either.

nice video game tho.



Myrkala
Minmatar
Rebel Inc
Posted - 2011.01.14 23:22:00 - [28]
 

Originally by: Brennivargur
A pizza place you have to try: Eldsmiðjan.
http://eldsmidjan.is/


Quoted for truth.

Also if you are interested in local/national food then The Icelandic Bar / Íslenski Barinn is a great place to go, both are in the city center.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g189970-d1548075-Reviews-Icelandic_Bar_Islenski_Barinn-Reykjavik.html

Thuranni
Eldjotnar
Posted - 2011.01.15 00:11:00 - [29]
 

Originally by: Su Seti
Originally by: GM Horse

You should try to get a good whale steak though. Absolutely delicious.



ya help make whales extinct. this is a disgusting holdover from icelands past industries, please dont support this, or when japan does it either.

nice video game tho.





It might come as a shock to you, but whales are a large and diverse family of species. Not all of them are endangered. The ones Icelanders hunt, the Minke whale, is about as endangered as cows.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with eating whale.

GM Horse

Posted - 2011.01.15 00:13:00 - [30]
 

Originally by: Yblarbo Janks
Ready for another bar crawl with Veto. Mr Horse?


I'll most definitely be hosting another pup crawl after the extremely pleasant one last year. You're just going to have to sign up for it. Wink


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