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0 Restaurant Review : Ruan Thai, Reykjavik Iceland

19 Apr 2014 | 06:30:00

Iceland . 2013 . Dec 1


This post is part of our Iceland Northern Lights Exploration + London Sightseeing Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.

The cold was biting and the snow was falling down in sleets as we trekked across the white streets of Laugavegur, the main shopping street in Reykjavik Iceland.  I badly needed some hot soupy stuff to warm me up, and so it was like a lifeline when we saw the sign board of Ruan Thai (hot Tom Yum soup flashed across my mind).  Readers of our blog would know that besides being a coffee addict, I am also a lover of Thai food.  Although I would say that Iceland is one of the most un-likeliest place on Earth to have Thai food, what’s stopping me from trying when I see one?


Situated above the Bonus supermarket, Ruan Thai, also known as Núðluhúsið, sits on the second storey of a low building along Laugavegur.  It is like a small eating house or coffee shop, but its interior although not posh, is clean and spacious.


Most of their tables are lined along the windows, and so we got a nice Christmasy-view of the snowy streets of Laugavegur below.


Deep fried shrimps, served with rice, sweet and sour sauce and coleshaw (ISK $1650 = SGD $18).  I would say that this dish is not authentic Thai cuisine, it is more of a fusion between asian and western food.  It is nevertheless great-tasting.  The portion is also huge enough for 2 persons to share.


This is my starter serving of Tom Yum soup (ISK $990 = SGD $11).  It is smaller (and cheaper) than the full main course version, but it is large enough to make it a meal for me! Taste wise, I would say that though it is not the best, it is still way above average and is a very good value for its price. Plenty of ingredients in there as well.  It is also done to the style that l prefer – clear broth instead of the milky version served in Satang Thai Exclusive in Sydney.


We chose the Banana split as a desert to share after our meal.



Final Bill

Our dinner consisting of one main course to share, one starter, one desert and 2 drinks came up to ISK4040 (approximately SGD$45).  This is considered relatively cheap for Iceland’s standards.



Final Verdict

Ruan Thai serves very satisfying Asian fusion food and offers good value.  A great place for casual dining.  
Ruan Thai (Núðluhúsið)
Laugavegi 59, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
http://www.ruanthai.is/en/


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4 Iceland Northern Lights Exploration + London Sightseeing Trip Report and Itinerary

18 Apr 2014 | 17:32:00

Iceland + London . 2013 . Nov 21 - Dec 4

Iceland - a land of many contrasts.  It is home to the largest glacier in Europe, yet, it is also home to some of the most active volcanoes in the world.  For this reason, it is also known as the Land of Fire and Ice.  With a land mass of 103,000 sqm and a population of 300,000,  Iceland is also one of the most sparsely populated country in Europe, with huge parts of the country largely uninhabited.

Here's our itinerary with some photos and links to our reviews for our trip. The links will become clickable as we post them. Do bookmark this page as we update the reviews! :)

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Last Updated: 18 Apr 2014

Day 0  Singapore -> London (Nov 20)

2100        Check in at Singapore Changi Airport
2345        Flight to London Heathrow Airport

Day 1  Watford Junction and London City Sights (Nov 21)

0555        Arrive at London Heathrow Airport
0700        Take Green Line coach 724 to Watford Junction
0812        Reach Watford Junction Station Stop 2
0845        Check in at Holiday Inn Express London – Watford Junction
0900        Breakfast
1000        Train to London city
1020        Reach Euston - Transfer to South Kensington Staion via Tube
1030        Visit Natural History Museum
1500        Visit Science Museum
1700        Visit Royal College of Music and Royal Albert Hall
1800        Back to Holiday Inn Express London – Watford Junction


Day 2  Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour (Nov 22)

0800        Breakfast at Holiday Inn Express London
0920        Board Mullany's Shuttle Bus 311 to Warner Brothers Studios
0932        Reach Warner Brothers Studios
1000        Commence Harry Potter Studio Tour Part 1, Part 2
1300        Lunch at studio
1400        Continue with studio tour
1600        Board Mullany's Shuttle Bus 311 to Watford Junction Bus Station
1612        Reach Watford Junction Station Bus Station
1630        Dinner at Junction Cafe
1800        Back to hotel




Day 3  Shopping at Watford Junction + Flight to Reykjavik (Nov 23)

0800        Breakfast at Holiday Inn Express London – Watford Junction
0900        Shopping at Watford market
1000        Shopping at Intu Watford, Primark
1300        Lunch at Junction Cafe
1400        Check out of Holiday Inn Express London
1600        Take Green Line coach 724 (Central Bus Station) to London Heathrow Airport
1700        Check in @ London Heathrow Airport Terminal 1
1900        Dinner
2035        Board Icelandair FI455 to Reykjavik
2335        Arrive at Keflavik (KEF) Airport, Iceland


Day 4  Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon (Nov 24)

0035        Flybus Airport Shuttle to Fosshotel Lind
0100        Check in at Fosshotel Lind
0900        Breakfast at Fosshotel Lind
1000        Shuttle pickup for Blue Lagoon
1100        Relaxing @ Blue Lagoon
1700        Shuttle back to Fosshotel Lind




Day 5  to 10 Northern Lights Exploration Package Tour



Day 5  Reykjavik City Tour & Borgarjordur Saga Valley (Nov 25)

0700        Breakfast at Fosshotel Lind
0900        Coach departs from hotel
0930        Reykjavik City Tour
1100        Icelandic Wool Outlet Store
1200        Lunch
1300        Climb Grabrok volcano crater
1430        Visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hotspring
1530        Visit Hraunfossar and Barnafoss
1700        Check in at Fosshotel Reykholt







Day 6  Snaefellsnes Penisular and Fjord Cruise (Nov 26)

0700        Breakfast at Fosshotel Reykholt
0800        Coach departs for Snaefellsnes Penisular
1100        Lunch cruise in Breioafjorour Fjord
1400        Fermented shark tasting at Bjarnarhofn
1600        Visit Icelandic settlement centre museum at Borgarnes
1700        Back to Fosshotel Reykholt








Day 7  Golden Circle, Geothermal Food Tasting & Icelandic Horses (Nov 27)

0700        Breakfast at Fosshotel Reykholt
0900        Check out of Fosshotel Reykholt
1030        Visit Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
1130        Visit the Golden Waterfall, Gulfoss
1200        Taste geothermally cooked rye bread and boiled eggs
1300        Visit Strokkur geyser
1400        Lunch
1600        Visit geothermal greenhouse
1630        Interaction with Icelandic Horses
1530        Check in at Hotel Hekla














Day 8  South Iceland & Eyjafjallajokull Volcano (Nov 28)

0700        Breakfast at Hotel Hekla
0830        Check out of Hotel Hekla
1030        Visit Skogafoss Waterfall
1130        Visit Icelandic Folk Museum
1300        Lunch
1400        Stop at Eyjafjallajökull Information Center
1500        Visit the black lava beach of Vik
1630        Visit the outlet store at Vikurprjon (Icewear)
1730        Check in at Fosshotel Skaftafell
0000        Northern Lights Galore!


Day 9  Skaftafell National Park & Vatnajokull Glacier (Nov 29)

0700        Breakfast at Fosshotel Skaftafell
0900        Coach departs from hotel
0930        Visit turf church at Hof
1030        Visit Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
1200        Lunch
1330        Hiking along Svinafellsjokull
1500        Hike around Vatnajokull Glacier to Fosshotel Skaftafell
1630        Reach Fosshotel Skaftafell










Day 10  South Shore, Coastal Villages & Blue Lagoon (Nov 30)

0700        Breakfast at Fosshotel Skaftafell
0800        Check out of Fosshotel Skaftafell
0900        Visit Systrafoss waterfall
1030        Visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall
1200        Lunch
1300        Drive back to Reykjavik
1600        Check in at Fosshotel Lind
1730        Depart for Blue Lagoon
1900        Northern Lights are on again!
2000        Dinner at Northern Light Inn
2200        Back to Fosshotel Lind
2300        Goodbye to tour group members







Day 11  Lava Tubing (Dec 1)

0800        Breakfast at Fosshotel Lind
1000        Pick up for lava tubing tour
1100        Lava caving at Cave Leidarendi
1300        Back to Fosshotel Lind
1330        Lunch
1500        Shopping at Laugavegur street
1730        Dinner at Ruan Thai Restaurant









Day 12  Free & Easy at Reykjavik (Dec 2)

0800        Breakfast at Fosshotel Lind
1000        Shopping at Laugavegur street
1300        Coffee at Stofan Cafe
1400        Lunch at Icelandic Fish and Chips
1430        Reykjavik Harbour views
1500        Coffee at Café Haiti
1530        Visit HAPA
1700        Shopping at Laugavegur street
1800        Dinner at Sjavargrillio Seafood Grill
2000        Visit Hallgrímskirkja Church
2030        Back to Fosshotel Lind







Day 13  Reykjavik -> London -> Singapore (Dec 3)

0500        Rise and Shine
0530        Check out Fosshotel Lind and leave for airport
0630        Check in for Icelandair flight to London
0700        Breakfast
0900        Icelandair FI450 to London
1200        Arrive at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 1
1300        Lunch
1400        Check in flight to Singapore
1430        Shopping at London Heathrow Airport
1815        Board flight back to Singapore

Day 14  London -> Singapore (Dec 4)

1455        Arrive at Singapore Changi Airport

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0 The Magnificent Skogafoss

17 Apr 2014 | 09:29:00

Skogafoss . 2013 . Nov 28


This post is part of our Iceland Northern Lights Exploration + London Sightseeing Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.


If you’ve seen the likes of Gulfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Hraunfossar, Barnafoss in Iceland, and the world famous Niagara Falls in the United States/Canada, you will find that Skogafoss pales a little in comparison.  Skogafoss lacks the power and mystique of Gulfoss and the uniqueness of Seljalandsfoss. Nevertheless, measuring 25 metres across and with 60 metres in height, it is still considered as one of the biggest waterfalls in the country, and also one of the most famous and popular.



We arrived at Skogafoss on the 8th day of our Iceland vacation, which happened to be a cold and rainy day. Only on closer inspection do we understand the power and magnificence of Skogafoss.  In fact, the closer we got, the more it looked like the Hurricane Deck of the Cave of the Wind tour at Niagara Falls.  Prepare a poncho or be prepared to be drenched by the sprays of the waterfall when you get closer!





On good and sunny days, it is said that rainbows form across the waterfall offering a pretty sight for the professional photographer.


 For those who are feeling slightly more energetic, follow the trail up the mountain to the viewing platform for a breathtaking view of the Skoga River which feeds Skogafoss.  There are also views of many more waterfalls from that advantage point.





If you are planning to pay a visit to Skogafoss, make sure to set aside 30-60 minutes to enjoy the tranquillity and peace of the area and the beautiful sights up the trail.



Follow us as we journey next to a cultural discovery at the Icelandic Folk Museum.

This post is part of our Iceland Northern Lights Exploration + London Sightseeing Trip Report and Itinerary. Do check out the full itinerary and our reviews here.



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