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Jinx Denton
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Posted - 2007.07.20 15:32:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Jinx Denton on 20/07/2007 18:13:48
The totally awesome guide:

As a native of Iceland and a veteran of the hospitality business for several years I've decided to put together a small guide to help the fanfest attendants from abroad find their way around Reykjavik. I've put this together to help those who for any reason don't choose the package deal from Icelandair or want to have a go at a bit more than just the Fanfest. Rest assured we can throw one helluva party up here.

Now, first thing's first: Getting here.
We have two native airlines flying to Europe and America, Icelandair and Iceland Express. Recently British Airways started flying here. I won't go into flights and booking but these airlines are the choices.

The flybus handles the easiest mode of transportation from the airport to Reykjavik (short of bribing a corpie to pick you up ;))

Jinx Denton
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Posted - 2007.07.20 15:32:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: Jinx Denton on 20/07/2007 18:11:14

Secondly: Accommodation.
There's a lot of hotels in Iceland, tourism is a huge business but the hotels remain relatively empty during winter. There are expensive hotels, cheap hotels and everything in between. I'm going to name a few hotels that might suit the needs of the foreign capsuleers.

The first group of hotels I'll mention are those nearest to the Fanfest venue. They are 5-10 minutes walking distance from the Laugardalshöll where the Festorz goes down.

1. Grand Hotel Reykjavik
This one was recently expanded and bumped up a class, certainly a good choice.
2. Nordica Hotel
This is probably the best hotel in Iceland. Food is awesome, best brunch in the country on Sundays and just as close as grand hotel (one street above it). A bit expensive and probably only used by those on package deals.
3. The Park Inn Island
Not as good as the other two, cheaper and just as close. Decent rock bar next door.

The second group are the for those who plan to party. These hotels are downtown and in close proximity to the bars and nightclubs. 20-30 minute walk to the Laugardalshöll and easy to get back to when drunk. (The whole of Reykjavik is built in a slope or another, pick a bar higher up than your hotel, get drunk and get your ass rolled back when you get too drunk.)

1. 101 Hotel
The essential downtown hotel. Expensive and it shows. Everything from doorknobs
to curtains is some arty-assed design.
2. Hotel Plaza
20paces from the entrance to the official centerpoint of Reykjavík. It's not cheap but a definite good choice.
3. Hótel Borg
Not the assimilating kind but the Icelandic for City kind. Top location, next door to the parliament and close to everything Reykjavik has to offer.
4. Center Hotel Klöpp
Affordable and well placed. Literally next door to CCP HQ, bring a periscope and try to sneak a peek at Oveur nerfing your newly trained ship ;D

The third group of hotels are located somewhere in between the downtown and the venue. Most of these are affordable and are 15-20 minutes from both the Fanfest or downtown.

1. Fosshotel Baron
This is affordable and located next to a pair of 24/7 shops. Close to everything, including the city main bus terminal (Hlemmur). A definite good choice for any capsuleer.
2. Fosshotel Lind
Close to Baron, bit smaller, same things apply.
3. 4thFloorHotel
New, good location, bus terminal right next door.

Further ideas for hotels, guesthouses and Inns can be found at http://hotel.is/.

Jinx Denton
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Posted - 2007.07.20 15:32:00 - [3]
 

Edited by: Jinx Denton on 20/07/2007 18:11:28

Transportation:
I have mentioned bus terminals here, by that I refer to Hlemmur, the main station for the public transport called Strćtó. Their site has a search function to find out where you're going and how to get there.
There is another main terminal called BSÍ but that handles out of town and airport connections.
The easiest way to get around Reykjavík, short of having a personal driver, is probably the main Taxi company around. A bit expensive but if you're hungry, drunk and cold It's a definite temptation.
The cheapest way to get anywhere you want in Reykjavík is definetly http://borgarhjol.net/, bike-rental. Be advised that Reykjavík is constantly uphill and windy.

Jinx Denton
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Posted - 2007.07.20 15:33:00 - [4]
 

Edited by: Jinx Denton on 20/07/2007 18:12:02
Dining out
Now that you've got here, found a place to stay and how to get around now you're probably getting hungry. We have everything from our favorite hot-dog stand to fine dining. Given my job as a chef I happen to have some opinions on dining in Reykjavík. I'll break this down into a few categories:

Fine dining. If you're looking for something to please the significant other you dragged to the end of the world to attend a party of geeks talking spaceships, there's no better way than 5 courses with paired wines.

1. Vox.
Located at nordica hotel. The specialty is Scandinavian food and the winter/fall season is a good one for that. There's both a lighter bistro and the fine a'la carte. Order a table, ask for the chef's menu with paired wines, hand over your creditcard and be forgiven all transgressions. The brunch also bears mention if your flight is in the evening or afternoon,
only on Sundays and a definite hangover cure.
2. Grilliđ
Standing on top of Radison SAS Hotel Saga, the Grill is the most respected restaurant in Iceland. More classic French than most, old-school deco and breathtaking view will make the perfect romantic meal or serious dinner meeting.
3. The Seafood cellar
Fusion, modern decorations in an old stone cellar across the street from the center of the c ity. The food is excellent, modern and will give you a pleasant surprise. Definite choice for anyone willing to one of the best seafood restaurants I've ever been to.

Now, you're hungry and you just want something decent to eat. We have plenty of those places, I'll name a few worth your hard earned ISK.

1. Horniđ
One of the oldest restaurants in Reykjavík in its original image. It's mainly Italian and serves excellent pizzas and pasta that will leave anyone with a feeling of money well spent after the meal. Located next to the rising opera-hall by the harbor.
2. Laugaás.
Another oldie, small, cozy and very tourist friendly, not to mention close to the Fanfest.Definite bang for your buck. I give this restaurant my highest recommendation.
Just walk down the street with the swimming pool, turn left and keep going up the hill for a few minutes, it's just past the hostel and camping area.
3. Bćjarins Bestu
A hotdog stand. The best hot dog stand in the world. Ask for one with all, cheap effective and fast. Located right behind Horniđ

The third and last class of eateries I'll mention are those places drunk people will gravitate to after midnight. Because you will get drunk, wind up downtown and probably need a nibble before bed. Directions aren't needed since you'll probably be lost in your stupor anyway...

1. Bćjarins Bestu
A hot-dog before bed will take the edge of your hangover.
2. Nonnabiti
Sloppy subs and burgers. Cheap and effective hangover-busters. I won't say anything about it's effects on your tormented bowels.
3. Hlöllabátar
The other slopjoint. Same as Nonni but further down the street.
4. Pizza King
Decent pizzas. Sold either whole or by the slice, cheap but fairly decent.
5. Habibi
Kebabs, schwarmas and suchlike. Edible food and always a laugh to watch arabic music videos on a big screen plasma, while drunk and spilling a kebab down your shirt.


Not really worth mentioning but we have all the major chains such as McDeath, Slobway and Pizzahut. Don't really need to explain those to you.

Jinx Denton
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Posted - 2007.07.20 15:34:00 - [5]
 

Edited by: Jinx Denton on 20/07/2007 18:11:03

The Reykjavík nighlife.

You've got here, dumped your gear in your hotel room/tent/corpie's flat/random bush, had a bite to eat and spent the day at the fanfest listening to random dribble and e-peen stretching.
Now you want to get drunk.

Most of the bars/clubs/pubs/cafés are located on or around the street of Laugarvegur sparsely at the top but ever closer as closer to the downtown you get. The nightlife here is surprisingly diverse catering to most tastes.

Starting at the arguably first decent bar on the Laugarvegur: Dillon. This is the classic rock bar, average prices, relaxed mood and the best DJ ever on weekends, the legendary Andrea Jóns. Good place to get started as it gets rather crowded and loud later on in the night.

Next up is the Barinn, just on the next corner. It's a new club, dancing and dj's all night. If that's your cup It's definetly a good option.

Bar 11 is a bit further down. It's another rock bar, like Dillon but only smaller, smellier and more crowded.

A couple of steps down that sideroad where you found Bar 11 you can see 3 other wateringholes. The Celtic cross, Grandrokk and Hverfisbarinn.

Celtic is a nice place. Good beer, great variety at the bar, you can sit somewhere quiet in the back or sit somewhere loud with the live musicians. It's also a good place dress in Khakis, speak aussie and hunt Devs. Another advantage is that it's open quite late.

Grandrokk is yet another rock bar, spacious but not that comfortable. There are often live bands playing on the upper floor, but there's usually an entry fee up there.

Hverfis is a club. It has orange people with dyed hair wearing fake brands and women wearin makeup in warpaint-like amounts.

Back up on the Laugarvegur you'll find a few more great places. Like Uncle Tom's Cabin, small and rather arty place usually a humorus DJ and a pair of couches you just might catch if you're early enough.

Next one down from there is Prikiđ. One of the oldest cafés in town and normally themed around hip-hop and related music when in nightlife mode.

Right behind Prikiđ is the Q-bar. It's labeled "straight friendly" but usually just called a gay bar. The music isn't that great but they sell very good wine by the glass and have a light tapas menu earlier in the evenings.

A bit longer and to the left you can find Domo. A hybrid of a fine restaurant and a jazz club. I can't imagine drunk geeks sitting there but if you sober up and care to look cultural it's definetly an option.

Across the street from the only proper tobacconist in Reykjavík is the lounge bar of B5. Very good place in the afternoon but usually a bit too crowded in the evenings. The doormen wear tailored suits so that new "can I have your stuff" T-shirt probably won't cut it...

Jinx Denton
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Posted - 2007.07.20 15:34:00 - [6]
 

Edited by: Jinx Denton on 20/07/2007 18:12:34
Nightlife continued:

Now when you've finished the infamous Laugarvegur you'll be standing in the Lćkjartorg, it's one of the main squares 'cept that it's oblong and kinda crooked. Usually a wafflewagon, hotdogstand and the burgermobile camp it ready to gank your guts with some sloppy "why the **** did I eat that yesterday" meal. If you're walking towards it down the laugarvegur you could choose a few directions to head to. To the left, towards the pond is the taxi line, a quizno's and the Highlander, a wannabe scottish themed bar. Behind it is Vínbarinn, arguably the best wine bar in the country and usually stuffed with old people. Great place for icelanders to meet their old teachers.

To the right is Belly's, I don't know what it's supposed to be but it's cheap and fairly decent. Given the cheap nature of alchohol you could probably catch a Dev or two there, most likely Ginger, that cheapskate :D
On the corner next to Belly's is the Pizza king. Pretty decent pizzas, sold by the slice. Then down the street of Hafnarstrćti you'll find places like Nonnabiti, the ultimate gutblaster and Dubliners. The dub is an Irish themed bar and usually a blast to hang out at. Older folks tend to hang there but if you're the last one in your gang out there this place might well be worth the visit.

Now if we back up to the square again we go down the street again. You can find Hressingarskálinn, or Hressó, a decent mix of everything, wildly popular but not too cheap. Further down the same street you'll find Café París, newly renovated and quite the hipsterjoint as well, across a sidestreet from there you can try Kaffibrenslan. Newly opened again café. Back down on the mainstreet you'll find a gentlemen's club called Óđal. Expensive place with attractive champaigne salespeople. Not that I'd know anything about that....

On this same street there's Rex, if there's some B list celeb that somehow wandered to Iceland you can rest assured to find said person in there surrounded by DNA craving females and guys trying too look cool by proxy. Across from there you'll find Torvaldsen, decent enough place, diverse fusion menu in the day and good drink in the night.

The last place on this walk would be café Cozy. It's a gay themed café, really tiny but stands fully up to it's name.

Jinx Denton
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Posted - 2007.07.20 15:36:00 - [7]
 

Edited by: Jinx Denton on 20/07/2007 18:13:10
Useful info:
Now, a few hints for those heading to the Reykjavík nightlife or Iceland in general.

Try to dress at least half decent if you plan to go into anything but the rockbars. Dress like a ****ing banker if you plan on getting into any of the more pretentious places.
If you're paying cash have a bunch of 500 isk bills and some 100 króna coins, beer's usually from 5-700 so this will save valuable drinking time.
Smoking is illegal on any premises with staff. You gotta smoke outside, so bring something warm enough to be able to stand outside in for a few minutes.
If you're drinking with icelanders be sure to bring a good coat. We tend to move alot between places.
If you smoke be sure to buy yourself a carton of smokes in the duty free. If you don't buy me a carton of camel naturals ;)
When you enter the country be sure to buy the maximum legal amount of booze at the duty free store, this will provide cheap booze to get you going for the night. The maximum legal amounts are:
* 1 litre of spirits & 1 litre of wine or
* 1 litre of spirits & 6 litres of beer or
* 1 litre of wine & 6 litres of beer or
* 2,25 litres of wine

Jinx Denton
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Posted - 2007.07.20 15:39:00 - [8]
 



Finally I'd like to point out this is a work in process, I'd appreciate any hints, questions, additional info and ISK donations YARRRR!!

Feel free to drop me an evemail or post here if you need to know something.

ps. I'll make this more readable soon enough with bigger lettering, bolds and italics and such. Don't fear the wall of text Laughing

Ultroth
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Posted - 2007.07.20 18:26:00 - [9]
 

Jinx FTW!! Cool

Kalazar
Amarr
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Posted - 2007.07.20 18:32:00 - [10]
 

Mucho <3 Jinx ^^

J4m Z
Veto Corp
Posted - 2007.07.20 20:08:00 - [11]
 

Concerning bellies, It's the only bar in Reykjavik, where you can walk in and the music is at a volume that you can continue conversing without screaming yourself hoarse just to be heard by the guy who has his ear in your mouth. Yes the beer is the cheapest in town. Usually have specials (bree + shot) going cheap. I've seen more then a few guy's wear eve/ccp labelled clothing there...

Beastoria
Sniggerdly
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Posted - 2007.07.22 18:05:00 - [12]
 

You forgot about Nasa ... www.nasa.is ... It hold quite a lot of larger events (concerts and large dj nights and such)
It's quite nice when there's something going on YARRRR!!

Jinx Denton
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Posted - 2007.07.22 20:57:00 - [13]
 

Originally by: Beastoria
You forgot about Nasa ... www.nasa.is ... It hold quite a lot of larger events (concerts and large dj nights and such)
It's quite nice when there's something going on YARRRR!!


I didn't forget Nasa. The thing is you go there for some event, you don't just wander in there for a drink.

Flaming Lemming
Caldari
Puppeteer Press
Posted - 2007.07.25 17:34:00 - [14]
 

Lord Thunderin' Jesus....sweet guide!

Gunstar Zero
Caldari
Reikoku
IT Alliance
Posted - 2007.07.26 15:12:00 - [15]
 

Nice work, this should be stickied - invaluable!

I can add that the Reykjavik Centrum (funnily enough right in the city centre) is also very nice - quality wise it's on a par with the nordica (imo) though not as 'Grand'. Cheaper too.

I stayed in the Park Inn last year - it's nice, simply a bit dated. Very clean and comfortable.

Nordica is lovely, probably the nicest hotel I've stayed in. Breakfast is fantastic.


p.s. Dont take a taxi from the airport as I did one year you may not have any holiday money left afterwards. ended up close to Ł100 for me. Flybus all the way.

belzebub1
Gallente
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Posted - 2007.07.26 19:52:00 - [16]
 

Nice guide,

I am hopping to end up in the rock bars Very HappyVery HappyLaughing

Tarantelita
Ragna Rok Corp
Posted - 2007.07.26 20:41:00 - [17]
 

Hi!

Jinx Denton
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Posted - 2007.08.03 01:46:00 - [18]
 

Originally by: Gunstar Zero
Nice work, this should be stickied - invaluable!


Thanks Very Happy

Originally by: Gunstar Zero

Nordica is lovely, probably the nicest hotel I've stayed in. Breakfast is fantastic.


Heh, I used to work there during my apprentice years ugh
If you liked the breakfast, try the brunch, It's Corpum-A of lunches.

Originally by: Gunstar Zero

Dont take a taxi from the airport as I did one year you may not have any holiday money left afterwards. ended up close to Ł100 for me. Flybus all the way.


Taxis in Iceland will nos your wallet in 0.5 sec flat.

CCP Lingorm


C C P
Posted - 2007.08.03 16:50:00 - [19]
 

Nice Guide.

You should also add Hotel Vik

Stayed there last Fan Fest (before Dev-Hood). Nice and comfortable, wireless internet, quiet pub downstairs with good prices and walking distance to the Fan Fest Location.

CCP Garthagk

Posted - 2007.08.04 01:29:00 - [20]
 

Very useful, even to us devs that aren't from around these parts. Very Happy I've applied the requisite glue.

Also, I think most of us have sworn off Bellies. Something about the beer being too cheap and GM Voodoo spending a long night clutching the porcelain god afterwards...

Jinx Denton
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Posted - 2007.08.05 06:15:00 - [21]
 

zomg! 2 Devposts in my thread Very Happy

I R almost celeb!

And regarding belly's: Have you guys ever gone there sober and had a beer? It's quite awful tbh, only go there under the alcohol of influence.

CCP Ginger

Posted - 2007.08.14 11:00:00 - [22]
 

Yes, the beer there has gone downhill their somewhat im afraid to say, which is a damn shame.

Jinx Denton
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Posted - 2007.08.20 01:29:00 - [23]
 

Originally by: CCP Ginger
Yes, the beer there has gone downhill their somewhat im afraid to say, which is a damn shame.


AH-AH!
I have now with my awesome masterplan managed to lure Ginger in here!

Now where's my damn gold magnate? Laughing

Destiny Calling
Amarr
North Eastern Swat
Pandemic Legion
Posted - 2007.08.22 06:31:00 - [24]
 

Good info Jinx, i am going to work the magic with interweb and see if I can get it together.

Max Torps
Nomadic Conglomerate
Posted - 2007.08.31 22:52:00 - [25]
 

*A* Jinx Denton
Nice one!

Lynndia
Posted - 2007.09.02 14:58:00 - [26]
 

Great job with the guide, thank you. Just one more thing I would like to know: I am planning on spending a week in Iceland and would like to know about some other things that are fun to do during the day when not drunk Laughing Can you please suggest some day trips or other cool "must see" things?

Thank you,


Jinx Denton
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Posted - 2007.09.02 20:11:00 - [27]
 

Originally by: Lynndia
Great job with the guide, thank you. Just one more thing I would like to know: I am planning on spending a week in Iceland and would like to know about some other things that are fun to do during the day when not drunk Laughing Can you please suggest some day trips or other cool "must see" things?

Thank you,




http://www.re.is/ This is the most commonly used day tour service.

Even if you choose not to use them the site has some great ideas for places to visit.

Of the top of my head I suggest the Blue lagoon, whale watching, the golden circle (awesome waterfall, geysers and the national park) and maybe some highland or glazier jeep tours.

Able Citizen
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2007.09.17 16:17:00 - [28]
 

I noticed that the Hotel Cabin is conspicuously absent from the list... That's where I have a reservation. Is it THAT bad? Confused

Great guide, BTW. A hearty "thank you" from this Yank...

Jinx Denton
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Posted - 2007.09.17 23:14:00 - [29]
 

Originally by: Able Citizen
I noticed that the Hotel Cabin is conspicuously absent from the list... That's where I have a reservation. Is it THAT bad? Confused

Great guide, BTW. A hearty "thank you" from this Yank...


Great location but a slightly worn house.
I didn't comment since I've had no experience at all with it.
But the hotel is located just 5 minutes on foot from the fanfest venue.

Cuebick
Caldari
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Posted - 2007.10.23 01:36:00 - [30]
 

Try buying alcohol at Ríkiđ (www.atvr.is) rather than the bars :) That alone will save you sooo much money.. so if you are going downtown.. drink before you go and arrive drunk.. thats how we roll =)
The younger people like to hang out in Prikiđ, Hverfisbarinn and Sólon alot =) Barinn has great music and there are very many clubs/bars around there that are great =P But be careful on bars.. I spent 3000kr ($50)for three drinks last weekend. Try walking and having a good chat rather than spending a ****load on cabs aswell.. they are NOT cheap


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