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5 Things You Must Do In Iceland

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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

  1. 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

Book your trip to Iceland! I booked the hotel through hotels.com and the flights through Expedia.

51 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, yes! I want to visit Iceland! Top of my list are the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. Hopefully I can make it there soon!

    • I was so excited to see them. It wasn’t the best of weather when I went so I really want to see them again more clearly!

    • Wow air do free stop overs in Iceland which is amazing! If you are ever travelling to Europe, check that out 🙂

  2. Well reading this was torture! I want to go so bad! I really want to go to Iceland but it’s very pricey compared to the places I normally travel so I have not been yet. You were really lucky to see the Northern Lights !

    • Sorry for the torture lol! The most expensive things were the tours. I’m from London where everything is expensive and I found it quite similar in price to here.

  3. Gorgeous photos — I especially love the one of the purple flowers! It seems like you packed a lot in — how long did you spend there? Was each tour a full day, or were you able to do multiple activities in one day?

    • Hi Carrie, thanks for the lovely comment 🙂 I was there for 3 days. The first day we wondered around Reykjavik and had the northern lights tour booked at 9pm. That got cancelled and pushed to the next day due to the rain. The next day was Golden Circle Tour and we were picked up at 8am and dropped back at 6pm. Long day! But then our northern lights tour began at 9pm so we literally grabbed dinner near our hotel and were off again. The tour lasted until 1:30am. Surprisingly we weren’t super tired as we were so excited by everything we had seen! The day after we spent the whole day at the Blue Lagoon and had massages booked but you could easily fit something else in and spend half a day at each 🙂

  4. Sadly, I haven’t made it to Iceland yet. Seeing the Northern Lights would definitely be a unique experience. And the Golden Circle looks incredible. I really need to move Iceland up higher on my bucket list. 🙂

  5. OMG I’m so in love with your pics! I’m living in Europe for 3 years now and I’ve been thinking about travelling to Iceland for so many time I don’t even know I still didn’t go! I’m fav’ing your post so I can use your tips when I finally go there!

    • I’d say at least 4 days. You can’t always see the northern lights so the longer you are there, the better the chance of seeing them. There is so much to see there, even I didn’t do everything so I will be returning back some day!

  6. Iceland hasn’t been on my list but it keeps popping up – friends & family have visited and truly enjoyed it. How many days do you think you would need to truly appreciate what Iceland has to offer?

    • Hi Morgan, 5-7 days would be good to do a lot of what Iceland has to offer. There are many tours to go on that show you so much in just a day but it would be nice to rent a car and do it all yourself too. Next time I go I’d love to rent a car and do a little road trip around. Just research what you would like to see and plan each day out as you might not want to see or do everything anyway 🙂

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