Iceland is becoming more and more popular to visit and if you haven’t been yet I hope my post convinces you to plan a trip soon. Usually when I go away it’s for sun, sand and sea or cultural city breaks but this was the first time I was going somewhere completely different.
We stayed at Lux Apart in Kópavogur (booked through hotels.com), which I definitely recommend for your stay. The lady (Lilja) was so lovely and helpful. I asked her for directions to the bus stop (only a few minutes away) and instead she took us for a drive in her car showing us where everything was and places we must visit. She dropped us into Reykjavik on our first day. She was so helpful during the remainder of our stay and arranged transport to the Blue Lagoon, printed our boarding passes and even gave us another lift! This made our stay a lot easier and enjoyable. Thanks again Lilja!
Here are 5 things you must do in Iceland
- Visit Reykjavik – There is so much to see and do in Reykjavik from wondering around Icelandic shops to relaxing in the very many quirky cafes. I would recommend Café Babalú as a good spot for breakfast or lunch. After, you must visit Hallgrímskirkja, a tall church that offers an impressive view from the top. This is the point where you can photograph the colourful rooftops of Reykjavik. You can also head to Iceland’s well-known landmark and concert hall, Harpa. Don’t let the miserable rain stop you from exploring!2. Book the Golden Circle Tour – There are so many tour companies to choose from and after a lot of research I decided to book all our tours with Discover Island and they added in some surprise stops too! I definitely recommend this tour company! Here are some of the beautiful spots we saw on the tour including Waterfall Urriðafoss, Waterfall Faxi, Gullfoss Falls, Geyser Strokkur and Thingvellir National Park.
3. Book the Northern Lights Tour – Again we booked this with Discover Iceland. Make sure you book this for the first day you arrive as if the weather conditions are bad it may get cancelled and rearranged for the next day. If these conditions are still bad then you can get your money back. We were given hot chocolate and a huge selection of biscuits and cookies to eat too! An incredible night!4. Take a trip to the Blue Lagoon – A geothermal spa located in a lava field. The water is rich in minerals such as silica and sulphur and is meant to help with conditions such as Acne and Psoriasis. The walk from the changing rooms to the water almost froze me to death but once I hit the 40 degrees water, it was pure bliss. We had in water massages which is something to experience! It began raining during the massage which only added to the soothing experience.
5. Go on the volcano and glacier tours! – Unfortunately we ran out of time to do this but I’ve heard it is an amazing experience. Always another reason to return back to Iceland though!
Make sure you book your tours and experiences in advance. We booked online while we were still in England so we didn’t need to convert extra money to cover those excursions.
Overall, Iceland stole my heart and I will definitely return to see other areas of this dreamy country! <3