Michael 84

Travel Blog - Holiday Advice & Inspiration

Welcome to my travel blog! :) Read all about my adventures from the UK to the world! With stories, reviews, inspiration and more from a travel blogger. Check out the palces I've been to below.

Reykjavik Night Three – Saturday Night – Let’s Go Out Out!

Saturday, 13th September, 2014

Me In B5 In Reykjavik

So it was Saturday night, we had just been on the Golden Circle Tour which takes it out of you, being out all day, but we’re in Reykjavik, and were only there for 3 nights, so we can sleep when we’re dead and let’s go out-out! :mrgreen:

We saw the weather was no better so resigned ourselves to the fact that we’d not see the Northern Lights and this being our last night we’d not get another chance. We did contact the company who organised it just for the formalities of them telling us, and they did 🙁

It was such a shame we did not see them, which was the biggest reason to go on the trip.

Saturday night was supposed to be the big one, we were going out-out :mrgreen: Another friend and I booked to go to the Blue Lagoon the next day, and had to leave at 9:30AM so it was another early start, but that did not really stop us doing it up as big as we could 😀

The Wheel Of No Fortune – In a lot of bars there’s this wheel behind the bar (you can see it in the pics below).

You can pay 2,000kr (about £10) to spin it, and you can win whatever it lands on. Of course there are a lot of chances to lose, the options are; 8 beers, 1 metre beer, 2 beers, spin again and sorry.

There are 5 chances of sorry, and since 2 beers would cost around 2,000kr you’ll only really win if you get the 8 beers or 1 metre beer. It did not stop lots of people having a go, in fact we saw 7 people try, and 5 got sorry!

So the odds are heavily stacked against you, as you can see in the pic there’s only 2 of the sections in red, those are the big wins. Still, it’s good fun to watch…Probably not so good when you don’t win :mrgreen:

We went to a few bars such as Shooters, The English Pub, KaffiBarrin, Hressó Hressingarskálinn and B5 which we’d previously been too.

The problem with Reykjavik is almost all the bars are quiet even at 10PM, so if you’re like us and like to go to a lot of bars and start quite early it’s pretty quiet especially at the start of the night. The previous night we had gone to B5 and it was quite early, maybe 23:30 or something like that.

The Saturday night we did not go until later, which proved to be a mistake. Despite there being only 7 or 8 people ahead of us in the queue, it took 2 hours to get in! I got in before my friends, and was in around 30 minutes before they got in, even though they were only 1 place behind me!

I was kept entertained by an Icelandic girl who was cute and had some good banter in the queue 😉

B5 on a Saturday night is a crazy place. Other than the fact you have to stand in a queue which does not move, when you’re in it’s pretty packed.

The people dance and jump around like crazy, it’s like being in a mosh pit, I’ve never been in a club like it. People barge past, jump around and are pretty crazy, but everyone is the same and it sort of seems fine.

There’s no fighting or people saying sorry when people are jumping around into each other, it just seems like half the fun. It was strange at first, but I did get amongst it after a little while :mrgreen: The place played pop, RnB and Hip Hop bangers, I loved it! :mrgreen:

Check out more of the pics below…

Read More

Reykjavik: Day Two – The Golden Circle Tour

Friday, 12th September, 2014


So on the second full day in Reykjavik it was Saturday and we had planned on doing the Golden Circle Tour out in the Icelandic country. It was a long day, getting up at around 8AM and the tour lasts around 8 hours, so it is a full day, but worth doing.

This included going around the countryside of Iceland, and seeing Gullfoss aka The Golden Waterfall, Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir hot spring area, a church and the geothermal power station.

Read More

Reykjavik: Night 2 – The Nothern Lights Did Not Happen

Thursday, 11th September, 2014


Our first night was the Thursday, but we arrived late in Reykjavik so the plan was to go out for a couple on that night which we did, and the Friday night we planned on doing the Northern Lights. Unfortunately the weather was not good, it was cloudy so they told us there was no chance of seeing them and cancelled the tour 🙁 They said we could try again on the next night, the Saturday, which we had planned on having a proper night out but obviously the Northern Lights were a priority so we’d rather of done that.

Since we could not go on the tour of the Northern Lights we had planned, we decided to go out, but not stay out for too long as we had to be up early the next morning for The Golden Circle Tour. We went to a couple of places which were much more lively than the first night, and went in to B5, one of the more trendy bars which stayed open until 4:30AM. When we went in it was a little quiet, but then got busier, we stayed for a couple of drinks, of course I had to stay a bit longer and did not want to leave 😉

I have no idea why the pic is so bad, that’s what happens when you’re drinking in a dark bar and taking pics lol :mrgreen:


Reykjavik: First Day – Look Around The City

Wednesday, 10th September, 2014


After the first night in Reykjavik we had no trips or anything planned and it was the day we picked to chill out and just have a look around the city of Reykjavik. It’s a small city with the main street (called Laugavegur) hosting most of the bars, shops, clubs and everything in between. There were plenty of smaller streets off this main street, which does changes it’s name a couple of times as you make your way down it, but it’s all mainly one long street and easy to get around.

We had a good look around, and checked out the old harbour, got some food in a place called Icelandic Fish And Chips and went to the Saga Museum which is a museum detailing the history of Iceland and Reykjavik.

We went to Hallgrímskirkja Church which is so cool, and done a few happy hours. A lot of the bars in Reykjavik have happy hour, usually between 16:00 – 20:00 and it seems to get quite busy (busier than 20:00 – 22:00), we went to Kaldi, Bravo and The English Pub for some drinks.

Check out the rest of the pictures below…

Read More

Reykjavik: First Night & Travelling

Tuesday, 9th September, 2014


I am back from Reykjavik! 😀 If you did not know last weekend I was in Reykjavik in Iceland. It was a cool trip which we planned a while back, and finally last week we went to check out the cool city, go and explore a bit of culture, and the main event was to see the Aurora Borealis aka the Northern Lights…Sadly this did not happen 🙁 It was still a good trip, here’s how it went…

We flew from Edinburgh because there’s no flights from Newcastle to Reykjavik. Edinburgh has a decent airport, and even has a Wetherspoon Bar, however it’s not Wetherspoons regular prices! :mrgreen: I was at the back on the plane, I hate flying and I think the back is the worst, but the flight was OK.

We got to Reykjavik in the evening and the apartment was pretty spacious and cool. It had everything you’d need, WIFI, Satellite TV, Kitchen and the essentials, a proper home away from home 😛 We had a first night out on the Thursday night when we got there. We checked out a couple of bars, and went to Obla Di Obla Da, The Lebowski Bar and Boston. We soon found out that the bars close at 1AM on Thursdays, but the weekend they’re open a hell of a lot later which I’ll write about 😉

Check out more pics below

Read More

Reykjavik Here I Come!

Thursday, 4th September, 2014

My Icelandic Money

Today I am off on my travels to somewhere cool (I hope!)….Reykjavik!

We are off to get some culture and see some sights, hopefully including the Northern Lights aka Aurora Borealis, as well as seeing everything else Iceland has to offer. I am all set, and have my money and everything else, I got a good new lens for my camera, some Air Max all black trainers, and everything else I need for my travels 🙂

I imagine I will be updating my Instagram and Twitter, you can follow me on those, and I will update my blog properly when I get back (I may do little updates). 🙂

See you soon! xoxo 😛


Take Me Back! Stockholm 2012

Saturday, 16th August, 2014

stureplan in stockholm


I can’t believe it’s been 2 years since I was in Stockholm! Time has flown by 😀 It is such a cool city, very cultural and so many nice places and buildings, it’s urbanised but has so much greenery and of course water.

Read More

Barcelona Holiday August 2013 – Outtakes

Sunday, 8th September, 2013


I do miss Barcelona! Such an amazing city, I can’t believe I was there 2 weeks ago. Here are the outtakes from my time there, pictures which I did not include in my postings previously. You can read all my posts and see all my other photos on my Barcelona travel tips pages. A Gaudi building at night.

Read More

Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona T-Shirt

Saturday, 31st August, 2013


Regular readers will know I have a couple of Hard Rock Café t-shirts now, I have a little bit of a collection going. I have them from several places like Dublin, Stockholm, Edinburgh, Sharm El Sheik and more; I usually get them if I am abroad and there’s a Hard Rock in the city, or if someone has been somewhere they might bring me one back.

Since I was in Barcelona I had to check out the Hard Rock Barcelona and get myself a tee.

I got this one, it was my favourite design. There was another really cool design, but it looked like a ladies fitted t-shirt, so I obviously did not get it 😀

I do like this though, I think it’s a pretty nice design and a completely different to what I have already.


Barcelona Holiday – Some Tips From My 3 Days In Barca

Friday, 30th August, 2013


Barcelona is a cool city, with lots to see and do, whether it be on a night or through the day. But what about the myths, what you hear and read online, of course I read a bit before I went, so I will give my little overview and FAQ on my time in Barcelona.

Crime – Pickpockets and the like

OK, so it’s been called the crime capital of Europe and it’s no secret about pickpockets and Barcelona. But when I was there I did not experience any, and I did not feel less safe than my city, London or other places. Of course the crime does exist, but if you are sensible and stay on your guard then you’ll minimise any chance of this happening.

With that said, should I take my big DSLR camera?

I was wondering too, and thought about not taking mine but I did. A lot of people now own a DSLR, so you can imagine lots in Barcelona were using them. I made sure it was round my neck at all times and I also kept my hand on it just to be sure.

Wear your backpack back-to-front

I had also read about this, and you may think you’ll look silly but there are so many people doing this. If it’s on your front then there’s less chance of someone taking something from you without you noticing.


There are beggers in Barcelona. Most will not bother you, but on occasions we had people asking us for money for food…Even when sitting in a café. The staff are normally quick to move them on.

What about the famous La Rambla? What’s it like?

It’s a decent enough place, but it’s not amazing. If you’re looking for a traditional tourist trap then this is it. Souvenir shops, Over-priced bars on a night, street acts, lots of people, that is La Rambla. The top end, nearer to Plaça De Catalunya is probably better than the bottom. It’s worth a visit, and there are many narrow streets hidden away with lots of restaurants and bars.

Where can I shop for high end fashion and premium things?

Passeig De Gracia in L’Exiample is the place to go. It has everything high end, all the premium brands such as Hugo Boss, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and more. It’s shop after shop of retail heaven, fashion, jewellery, restaurants and regular fashion shops like H&M and Zara.

Where can I shop for regular fashion things?

Plaça De Catalunya and the area around it is probably best. There is El Corte Ingles, a huge department store (think Selfridges) which sells a lot, El Triangle is home to a few brands, and the general area of the top of La Rambla too.

Where are the bars?

A problem with a lot of big cities is where do you find the bars!? Barcelona is similar, with pockets of different areas with one or a few bars in them. There are lots of bars, dotted around the different parts of Barcelona, so I’ll let you research that! 😛

How much is the beer!?

Drinks can be a bit on the expensive side, if you go to La Rambla to drink they certainly are. It’s the tourist trap of the city, so the bars around there charge lots. Over €6 for a pint in places, over €5 for a bottle and you could pay over €8 for something with imported spirits in it. The places on La Rambla are not just expensive but over-priced, as they tend to be your traditional British types of pub/bars but at a high-end price.

What about food?

Yes, there is food in Barcelona :mrgreen: There are so many restaurants you’ll never know which to choose. From expensive looking places to traditional Catalan ones, cafés, tourist spots, Italian, Chinese, Indian, you name it, they have it. If you’re just looking for snacks there are plenty of sandwich type of places too, Pans And Company seems to have a few franchises in Barcelona. There is also the world famous Hard Rock Café in the city.

If you like your fast food or are a fussy eater then there are plenty of McDonalds, KFC, Subway and Burger King places to keep you going.

Is it Stag And Hen party heaven? I want to avoid them!

Yes and no. We only ever seen one hen and one stag party in the 3 nights of bars, and never really noticed any round the streets on a night like I would in Newcastle. If you go to the traditional tourist bars then you’ll probably see more, so if you want to avoid them then the best way is probably avoiding La Rambla! 😀 Google Stag and Hen Bars in Barcelona, make a note and don’t go (unless you want to) :mrgreen:

What is the transport like?

It seems pretty good although I walked most places. There is a metro which is not expensive and takes you to lots of places which you’d want to go. Taxis seem cheap, 20 minutes from the airport to L’Eixample only cost €23, so a short taxi journey with a couple of mates will not break the bank. There’s also a couple of trams which go to a few places, and the Barcelona City Tour bus costs €26 per day or €34 for a 2 day pass.

Take walking shoes and blister plasters!

If you’re like me when you go to cities you’ll want to go around and explore, usually on foot. Barcelona is massive, with attractions and landmarks all over the city. If you plan on walking I highly recommend getting some footwear up to the job. I wear my Converse and know they are not, so should not of took them. Next time round I will wear some footwear better suited to the job.