Sunday, September 27, 2009

If Gerard Butler came to Iceland for a weekend.

Inspired after having seen The Ugly Truth for the second time last night, I figured my first assignment would be to write about Gerard Butler. My very limited research about him (but since it's my first assignment I hope people will forgive the short background research), which include Wikipedia and Gerard Butler's fansite, show that he doesn't drink, likes travelling, hiking, football and running.

Thursday: Flights from the US always come in the morning. Therefore the first day would just be a day for relaxing in and around Reykjavik. I would have them check themselves into Hotel Hilton and sleep for a few hours to adjust to the time difference (my advice when coming from the US: don't sleep during the flight and no alcohol, then sleep for four hours when arrived at the hotel). The afternoon and evening would be spent walking around Reykjavik enjoying the scenery, stopping at the Fishmarket for dinner and then popping into one of the many places that offer live music.

Friday: I would take them to my favourite location in Iceland called Thorsmork (Þórsmörk). It is a beautiful place in the south of the country, surrounded by glaciers, rivers and mountains and not easily accessible. After placing our luggage in the smaller lodge in Básar, I would take the party on a hike up to Morinsheiði (Morins Heath) which offers a breathtaking view of the valley of Thorsmork. The rest of the day could then be spent either further examining the area or having the party go treasure hunting and then enjoying a birch-roasted lamb for dinner. Music and a camping fire at the end of the evening.

Saturday: A short walk into one of the canyons of Thorsmork, preferably one that allows getting people's feet wet. Then a drive up to Jökulsárlón, where the party could go on a tour around the lagoon, enjoy a fabulous feast of Icelandic food and then take a flight back to Reykjavik. If the party would be so inclined, the night would be spent clubbing.

Sunday, last day: After checking out of the hotel, I would pick them up and take them to the Blue Lagoon. The party could soak in the warm water, cover themselves in silica mud and enjoy a massage while in the water (I've heard going to the lagoon before a flight guarantees a good in-flight sleep). Then after a lunch at the Blue Lagoon restaurant, the party would be driven to the airport for their flight home.

So, a first assignment completed, albeit a short one. I hope people will forgive me if something is wrong or doesn't sound right. Maybe someone feels inspired to come to the country.


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