Iceland is probably one of the coolest places to travel and is great especially if you don’t have a lot of time and/or are on a tight budget. There’s plenty to do and see and it can be pretty cheap to get there. You also don’t need that long to really get to see and do most things. I wish I actually had an extra day but I had to be back in CA so I had to skip out on the South Shore, but I will definitely be back.
We flew out from San Diego and spent a day and a half in Boston (trip recap coming soon) before flying out to Iceland!
I’d definitely recommend getting a car rental, especially if you plan on going to the South Shore!
We went in mid October, so we were there near the start of Northern Lights season (September-April) and had a similar amount of daylight as in the States. If you go more in the winter you will have much less daylight and if you go in the summer you will have much more! So plan accordingly.
Here’s a quick itinerary of the trip!
DAY 1 – Fly out to Iceland
-the Northern Lights Center
-Harpa Concert & Conference Hall
-Northern lights hunting (random places outside of city where it’s dark)
-Solfar Sun Voyager Sculpture
-Nightlife/Restaurant-ing in the city
-Baejarins Beztu Pylsur (famous hot dog stand)
-Hellisheiði Power Plant at the foot of Mt. Hengill Volcano
-Geysir geothermal area
-Thingvellir National Park
South shore & Future to Visit List (Didn’t get a chance to personally go here)
-Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks and hexagonal columns
*Also would try out a guided glacier hike
*Also would try scuba diving between the 2 tectonic plates
View from the Pearl Roof view:
The Northern Lights Center
Harpa Concert & Conference Hall
Night Time Black Sand Beach
Northern lights hunting
Solfar Sun Voyager Sculpture
Nightlife/Restaurant-ing in the city
Hellisheiði Power Plant at the foot of Mt. Hengill Volcano
Geysir geothermal area
Thingvellir National Park