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DATES

September 2017

ITINERARY

On the right hand side you'll find our itinerary for Iceland. We spent 4 wonderful days in this gorgeous country and that was enough time for us to roam around the golden circle, check out Rekjavivk and eat some delicious Lobster Soup. 

DAY 1

 

  • Blue Lagoon

  • Skógafoss Waterfall

  • Sólheimasandur (plane wreck)

  • Vik

 

DAY 2

 

  • Reynisfjara (Black Sand Beach)

  • Glacier

  • Friðheimar (Tomatoe Farm)

  • Geysir 

  • Gulfoss Waterfalls

DAY 3

 

  • Kerið (Volcano crater)

  • Secret Lagoon in Fluidir (optional)

  • Þingvellir national park 

 

DAY 4

 

  • Sightseeing in Rekjavic 

DAY 1

Blue Lagoon 

www.bluelagoon.com

The infamous blue lagoon is a must do if you are going to Iceland. It’s about a 15 minutes drive from the airport so I would recommend going when you arrive or before you fly. We spend about 2hours there, if you are planning on eating at the restaurant you can easily chill in the hot bath for longer. Make sure to book your tickets in advance, the longer ahead you book the cheaper they are. 

Cost: from ISK 6100

Time: 2h +

Where: Click here to find the blue lagoon on the map

Skógafoss Waterfall

This 60 meter high waterfall is definitely worth the detour. You can hike up to the top of it and enjoy a scenic walk around the area as well. 

 

Cost: FREE

Time: 1.5h + (depending on how long you want to walk for) 

Where: Click here to find the location on the map 

Sólheimasandur, Plane wreck 

We actually ‘stumbled across’ this after seeing la bunch of cars parked by a beach front. We started following the crowd not realising that the walk was 4km long (each way). It’s not long when you are expecting this but we thought we were only going for a short stroll. To be honest, it was worth the walk as we saw the sun settle on the sand dunes. We also got to take some dreamy pictures by the plane wreck, numa numa yeah style! 

About the plane… 

The crash happened in 1973 when a US Navy airplane was forced to land on Sólheimasandur’s black sand beach after experiencing some severe icing. All the crew members survived but the airplane’s fuselage was left behind. 

Cost: FREE

Time: 2h 

Where: Click here to find the location on the map

Sleepover in VIK

We decided to sleep in Vik, a small fishing town south. There isn’t much to see there apart from a nice church. It’s just a convenient spot to stay at if you want to check out the Black sanded beach the next day. 

 

Where: Click here to find the location on the map

Day 2

Black Sand Beach - Reynisfjara

This is a great scenic spot The beach is beautiful and you’ll also find a pyramid shaped cliff of basalt columns and shallow caves. Don’t forget you are in Iceland though so don’t bring a towel to lie down, it’s never warm enough to go in the water… well it all depends on you really! 

 

Where: Click here to find location on the map 

Myrdalsjokull Glacier

This glacier located a few kilometres north from vic is the 4th largest one in the country. You can park your car and go for a short walk around it. At an extra cost you can also decide to hike the glacier as well. 

Where: Click here to locate on the map

Lunch at the tomato farm in Friðheimar

On your way to scenic spots enjoy a homemade tomato soup at this fancy farm. According to the Guardian, they make the best Bloody Mary in the world as well. They grow all their tomatoes on site in greenhouses. At Friðheimar you can choose to have a cup of soup at the bar (1000kr) or sit down, relax and enjoy unlimited soup and bread or even try one of their fresh pasta dish or pizza. I would recommend booking in advance if you don’t want to wait for a table too. Lunch is served daily until 4pm. If you have some spare time check out the strawberry farm next door too. 

fridheimar.is/en

 

Cost: from 1000kr 

Where: Click here to find location on the map

The geysers of Haukadalur

Geysir is orginally an Icelandic word. it comes from the verb ‘geysa’ meaning ‘to gush’. This touristy landmark is a great quick stop on your way to or back from Gulfoss. At Geysir eruptions can hurl boiling water up to 70 metres in the air. 

 

Cost: FREE

Time: 1h 

Where: Click here to find location on the map 

Gulfoss waterfalls 

The golden falls located in Olfusa’s canyon river are one of the most popular attractions in Iceland. It’s a spectacular waterfall and if you are lucky you might even spot a waterfall too! 

 

Cost: FREE

Time: 1.5+

Where: Click here to find location on the map 

DAY 3

Secret Lagoon (optional) Fluidir 

This supposably ‘secret’ hot spring is a good stop over if you’ve got time to spare and love warm waters. This could also be an alternative to Blue Lagoon if you are traveling on a budget. It’s not as big and spectacular as it’s infamous competitor though. 

secretlagoon.is

 

Cost: from 3000kr

Where: Click here to find location on the map 

Kerið

This volcanic crater lake is located in the Grímsnes area in south Iceland, on the popular tourist route known as the Golden Circle. It is one of several crater lakes in the area, known as Iceland's Western Volcanic Zone, which includes the Reykjanes peninsula and the Langjökull Glacier, created as the land moved over a localized hotspot, but it is the one that has the most visually recognizable caldera still intact

 

Cost: 400kr

Where: Click here to find location on the map 

Þingvellir national park 

This park regroups a few Icelandic main attractions in one, including a Church, a spot where tectonic plates meet, the prime minister summer house and guess what another waterfall? Yes, you can’t get enough of these in Iceland! It’s a great place to walk around among the tourists and the beautiful scenery. I would recommend taking a packed lunch as they are plenty of picnic tables for you to enjoy your meal. 

​Cost: 500 (car park) 

Where: Click here to find location on the map 

DAY 4

Rekjavic

Culture

With a population of 125,000 people the capital of Iceland is more like a big town rather than a big bustling city.  To be fair, if you are planning a trip to Iceland it’s not to spend time in town. Nevertheless Rekjavic has plenty of good museums on offer; Arts, National treasures, Modern even a Phallic one. We explored the penis one, which is absolutely tiny, the value for money is not great here (1.400 Kr entry fee) but you’ll see more cock’s here than you ever had before, humans, horses, elephants, rats… 

The Icelandic Phallological Museum

phallus.is

Where: Click here to find location on the map 

 

Food

Sægreifinn (Lobster Soup)

If you are looking for a spot to eat, this place is the most famous joint in town for Lobster soups. If you go there during lunch hours expect big queues. They sell fish kebabs here as well. To be honest I thought the soup was good enough but the best thing I had there was their homemade yogurt! You must try it! 

Where: Click here to find location on the map 

 

Shop

Kolaportid Flea Market

On Saturdays there’s a flea market which is quite good if you want to buy second hand goods. You are still in Iceland so nothing is really that cheap. The best thing about this market is the food section, you get to try all the local delicacies before buying them such as: lava cheese, Icelandic chocolate, lava salt, dried fish, salmon… and more! Great place for presents too. 

Cost: FREE entrance, spend what you wish 

Where: Click here to find location on the map 

 

Entertainment

Iceland is renown for his volcanoes and it’s music, thanks mostly to Bjork. In Rekjavic you will find plenty of venues with live music every weekend. One of the most popular spot is called Hurrah. We ended up going to the next door bar, Opid by mistake, thinking it was the upstairs to Hurrah. Its was empty. 

Cost: from ISK 10,000 (Some nights are free past 11pm)

Where: Click here to find location on the map 

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