First things first, you could spend way more than just 5 days in Iceland, but heres what you could do if you were short on time…
And two things you need to know before you go…
- Iceland is probably the most expensive place you will ever visit
- It’s worth it – the scenery is simply amazing
Where we stayed:
Because we wanted to save a few pennies we hunted around for the cheapest accommodation we could find without staying in a hostel. We found a little flat on Airbnb which was around a 10 minute walk to the main street of Reykjavik, we paid £290 between the two of us for our own little private space, so I would recommend shopping around before settling for a hotel!!
When did we go ?
We travelled to Iceland in September so the weather was not massively bad, it was still cold and quite wet, but we were still able to drive everywhere and see everything !
What did we do ?
Day one we took some time to walk around Reykjavik, seeing the Harpa Reykjavik concert hall – just walk around, this place is huge ! Hopefully you’ll catch a few musicians there to! Then take a walk down to the Solfar sculpture.
We also stopped by the Hallgrimskirkja church, a huge building right at the top of Reykjavik centre,
We hired a car to make everything easier, I would recommend doing this as you have your own time to explore and not following a schedule, the roads are so simple and safe, please bare in mind however we visited Iceland in September so the weather was still quite warm and the roads were safe and clear.
The absolute must thing to see and do in my opinion would be the golden circle, this is a whole day trip if you really take in the sites, the whole idea is to drive a little and stop, drive to the next place and stop etc etc..
The sites we saw were:
- Geyser geothermal area
- Gullfoss waterfall – stand right above this huge waterfall
- Þingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimetres per year.
- We also stopped of at Laugarvatn Fontana where you will find multiple natural hot pools, take a dip to cool off in the lake – I say cool off…. it’s absolutely freezing.
We took a drive around the outskirts of Reykjavik, stopping off at the National History of Iceland, if you go to the top of the building you have a 360 view of Iceland which is amazing. If you have the chance to hire a car, I highly suggest it. It gives you a chance to go out of Reykjavik and explore some more.
On our way to the airport to fly to New York we stopped of the world famous Blue Lagoon, please go here!! Specially on your way home as it makes it that much more relaxing. We spent about 3 hours here, being treated to face masks, drinks in the lagoon and absolute bliss! Book before you go !
Where to eat?
Even though Iceland is expensive the food is always 5 star quality and the restaurants are all 5 star quality so it’s definitely worth the price.
Our favourite places were:
Le Bistro – A super small cute, small French restaurant, very cosy inside and a great atmosphere. They sell fermented Shark here to ! I can’t say it’s a great taste, but it’s a must try ! It’s on the main street of Reykjavik so real easy to find. We spent about £80 for a 2 course meal, the shark and 2 drinks.
Icelandic Fish & Chips – Now i’m obviously a fan of our British Fish and Chips, but dayum! These were good Fish and Chips! It’s right next to the sea to! These were about £20 for the meal each…
Baejarins Beztu Pylsur – If you are after cheap, tasty and the best hotdog ever… look no further. This tiny little hot dog cart is tucked away but worth the find, they are incredible !!! And definitely not a £20 meal. I’d buy two as they are quite small and get all the topping, I have no clue what some of the sauces are but they taste so good I don’t mind ! Its a little tricky to find, but add it in your maps when your there, its worth it.
If I could go back to Iceland I would, it really is incredible, I would love to go again and do a tour around the glaciers.
We stopped of in Iceland on the way to New York, if you fly with Icelandic Air you get a free weeks stopover, so 100% worth it. Icelandic Air is also a great airline to fly with and makes the flight to New York only 5.5 hours!
I hope this helps you plan your trip to Iceland, you will love it !!