Iceland is my favourite country on the planet, period. There is literally nothing that I know about it that I don’t love. From the breathtaking scenery to the extremely friendly people, it is the perfect place to visit for an out-of-the-ordinary trip!
I visited Iceland in the summer and the weather was perfect for sightseeing – sunny, but cool enough to happily walk around (around 13 degrees). Some people advise going in the winter due to the fact that you might see the northern lights whilst you’re there, but I found it amazing during the summer months nonetheless. The most amazing thing about Iceland in the summertime is the length of the days – there are only 3/4 hours of darkness a day mostly, so you can stay out doing things far more than you can in the UK. Apparently there’s one day where you can literally watch the sun set and then immediately rise again!
I was worried that 5 days wouldn’t be enough to explore everything I wanted to in Iceland, but we easily managed to fit everything in that we’d hoped to (although I’ve since discovered about a million more things that I want to do the next time I visit!). We relied on coach trips (we used Reykjavik Excursions) to take us to all the highlights of Iceland. I would highly recommend this, because not only does it allow you to fit in so many attractions in one day, but you are also privy to the commentary that come along with it, so you can learn about the places you are visiting as you go along!
One of the first places we visited was the Blue Lagoon, which is a necessity for anyone who is visiting Iceland for the first time, and it was definitely a perfect introduction to what Iceland had to offer. It is just under an hour away from Reykjavik. We started our visit by showering (without swimsuits on, a rule apparently!) so as not to contaminate the lagoon. After that, we were free to enter the pool, which is amazingly warm and so milky blue. The pictures definitely do not do it justice!
We bought the waterproof cases that they sold at the Lagoon so that we could take pictures whilst in the pool. There were pots of the white silica available around the water, so we gave ourselves face masks as we went along. I have to admit that my skin felt amazing afterwards. One tip, however, is to make sure that you don’t get your hair in the water. It might do wonders for your skin, but the water will leave your hair feeling dry and crunchy so definitely bear that in mind and don’t let your hair get wet!
We also decided to take an open-top bus around Reykjavik to explore the city. We got to visit the Perlan Museum, the Harpa Concert Hall and the Sun Voyager sculpture all in half a day! Whilst I wouldn’t say that this is a must do when you visit Iceland, it’s definitely a good way to fill up a spare few hours.
In terms of the tours we took with Reykjavik Excursions, we decided on the Wonders of Reykjanes and a Golden Circle tour. These are both full day tours that take you around the places in question. The drivers are so funny, providing their commentary as they take you around Iceland. I would 100% recommend these if you decide to visit!
These trips made up most of our time in Iceland, however we did find some time spare to explore Reykjavik. We were lucky enough to be staying right opposite the Hallgrimskirkja (the main church in the city), which has amazing views of Reykjavik (see the very first image).
We also stumbled upon somewhere near Hljómskálagarður (google maps it), which was this amazing lake that was literally like a mirror. It was so fab because we were there in the early evening and it looked beautiful, so would advise that you have a look for it if you have the time!
I hope you enjoyed this little insight on my trip Iceland, I would truly recommend that you visit as it is such a unique place. Everyone we met was so friendly and eager to help, and we were never at a loss for things to do! If you’re planning on going and have an questions, feel free to ask them in the comments!
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