Our first order of business is to sample some dark, strong, delicious coffee. A hint: if you can see customers inside the coffee shop but the door won't open when you pull it, don't knock on the door and wait, PUSH.
A large van picks us up in front of the hotel for our first excursion: the Laugarvatn Fontana spa, a series of steam huts and heated baths at an area of geothermal hot springs. We relax in shallow 30oC mineral pools, our chin on our arms, gazing at the neighbouring mountains. No wonder I dozed off.
Returning to our hotel, we settle into our comfortable, clean room overlooking one of the main shopping streets of Reykjavik.
We decide to eat in, so head for a grocery store. Our picnic dinner of pastrami, brie, bread, yogurt and fruit costs us about $5 each. We eat, talk and then sleep.
Up early, we head to the bright, cheery breakfast room. Coffee, tea, milk, juice, granola, bread, preserves, buns, cheese, pate, ham, pickled herring, pickled beets, olives, fruit--all fresh, delicious and included in the hotel price.