We stayed in an AirBnB in Reykjavik, but we spent most of the time of drives and not a lot of time in Reykjavik. The town is fairly small so it’s easy to walk around. For food we went to Primo, a gorgeous and cozy Italian and had breakfast in LAUF, a pretty trendy place serving avocado toast and chia puddings! LAUF is right next door to a bakery called Sand Holt and defiantly worth a visit, their brownie is divine!
We booked a Whale watching tour from the harbour in Reykjavik, but only saw the blow from a Minke Whale!
2. Pingvellir National Park
Lovely surroundings with waterfalls, we spent about 45mins walking and then drove 10mins up the road to the Geysir.
3. Strokkur Geyser
Geothermal field that erupts every 4-8mins. Not far from the main road and free entry.
4. Blue Lagoon
We went at 10pm because we thought there wouldn’t be many people at that time… It was pretty busy but the tickets during the day were sold out so I’m sure it’s rather unpleasant then! Once you are in you can stay as long as you like and there’s a mud mask bar and a booze bar! I bought a waterproof iPhone case to take pictures in the lagoon. You can get them online for under £30. The lagoon is so lovely, especially going in at 10pm when it was bright and then seeing the sunset and all the lights come on in the lagoon. It cost around £48/€43 for the most basic package!
5. Selijalandsfoss & Skógafoss
We stopped at Selijalands first, which is an incredible waterfall that you can walk behind. You’ll get pretty soaked so bring more than a raincoat.
Half an hour down the road we stopped at Skógafoss. You can clearly see this waterfall from the main road as it’s bloody HUGE! This waterfall has a brilliant walk up behind it and when the sun shines, there’s two rainbows at the bottom of the waterfall. We stopped twice at this place, once in the afternoon when everyone and their mother was there! The second time we stopped at 7am and it was so quiet and a completely different experience.
It took us about 4 and a half hours to drive here from Reykjavik. Jökulsárlón is a glacier lagoon and we did the boat trip, I’d recommend doing it as you learn about the lagoon and how it will probably be gone in the next 75 years. Our guide took a floating piece of ice out of the water and broke it up for us to eat..drink? You can walk from Jökulsárlón across the road over to the Diamond Beach which is amazing, huge ice ‘sculptures’ scattered along the black sand beach.
What you defiantly need for Iceland!
A good coat thats warm and waterproof (for walking close to the waterfalls)This one is from Hunter
A Pair of boots that are also waterproof and comfortable, again Hunter
A warm jumper, this is from Topshop
Thick pair of socks, this are Paul Smith
A nice swimsuit for the Lagoon! This one is from Solid & Stripped
The rumours of Iceland being expensive are true. When we got off the boat from the Whale watching we went into a small restaurant and a beer and a portion of chips was roughly £18/€20. So I brought a few snacks for our road trips which helped but there’s a supermarket in Iceland called Bonus and it seems to be a less expensive option to buy a few bits.
I recently got a new suitcase from Lojel, it’s super lightweight and sturdy.