Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Reykjavik City Hostel Campground

The hostel campground has been a great place to begin our time in Iceland.

People from all over the world (although mostly Europe) converging at the outset and end of their respective journeys around the island. Swapping stories, trips from the road, and favorite hot spring spots. My ears pick out German, French, Portuguese, Swiss German, Russian, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, Japanese, Spanish and lucky for me the common denominator of communication is English.  

 Travelers congregating around the wi fi hot spot, hunched over cell phones; like a campfire only not as social and poor for one's posture.

Well worth the 1400 kronur (about $11.50) that will get you a patch of grass, hot showers, shelter from the rain at a picnic table, wi fi, electricity, and access to the 'free stuff' shelves.  Fuel, lighters, toilet paper, clothing, charcoal, and even a bike tire and a tent.  I scored a 16oz bottle of jetboil 4 season fuel (worth 1800k) , a lighter, and hiking trail guidebook in English. The stay practically pays for itself in supplies.
Also close proximity to city botanical gardens, coastal bike path, a municipal hot spring and swimming pool, and a delicious bakery.  Traditional Icelandic treat is triangular fry-bread dipped partway in chocolate. 

Luxury camping.

My dream car.

Local flora and bird life.  

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