Everyone needs to visit Iceland at least once in their lifetime. The beautiful landscape and rare scenic displays are just a few charming entitlements of this little island nation in the North Atlantic Ocean. If you are coming from the U.S there are many direct flights to Iceland, some only lasting a few hours depending on where you live. Iceland is a land of magical tradition and a lot of laughter. The people are wonderfully kind and most locals enjoy meeting foreigners. With only 5 days to explore Iceland, I enjoyed a relaxing trip myself and can’t wait to go back! Here are the highlights I would recommend during your 5-day journey…
Day 1. Go to The Blue Lagoon & Get the Best Package they offer!
You’re on vacation for crying out loud, treat yo self! The Blue Lagoon is the perfect place to spend a day at the spa. This natural geothermal pool set in volcanic rock provides the ultimate backdrop for a truly luxurious experience. Book a massage, slather some natural mud on your face and sip champagne while you walk through the light blue water and take in all that this place has to offer! End your day with a tasty dinner overlooking Iceland’s most beautiful landscape at their restaurant “Moss.” Every vacation needs a day dedicated to self-love, The Blue Lagoon is where you find your inner peace once again.
Day 2. Spend the day in Reykjavik
Reykjavik is the place to be if you want to experience Icelandic city life! The hustle and bustle run at a slower pace in this big but small city. There is enough to do in one day and you can do just about everything on foot. Start your day by visiting Perlan and get some beautiful shots of the city from a 360-degree observation deck. Be sure to swing by the Hallgrimskirkja Church in downtown Reykjavik, (not like you could miss it, to be honest.) I also HIGHLY recommend trying an Icelandic style street dog. There is an adorable little lunch spot that serves up the best hot dogs called “Reykjavik Street Dog” one block down from the church. Shopping is a lot of fun, I found a three-story thirft boutique, tax-free shopping, bars, and restaurants. There was enough to do in Reykjavik for a whole week! My favorite little bar was called “Kofi Tomasar Fraenda.” I also enjoyed trying the fermented shark and “black death” shot of Brennivin as this is a tradition for visitors! If you want to try the fermented shark and black death shot go here: “Islenski Barinn.” They serve a wonderful creamy seafood soup and also have the fermented shark available for a reasonable price.
Day 3. Stay. Relax.
Wherever you have chosen to stay, just stay. Vacation is all about relaxing and you still have plenty of time to play. Relax, walk around your hotel, find a nice coffee shop or bar nearby and just hang out. Meet locals, chat like you’re at home. A day to simply take in the culture by existing among the people is important and necessary, trust me you’ll want to take those memories home with you. My favorite day in Iceland was the day I wandered around the small town of Keflavik, ending up at a coffee/bar and drinking with some locals I met that evening. I ended up meeting some very well know Icelandic musicians and having the time of my life!
Day 4. Road trip your way down Hwy 1
Hwy 1 is THE highway in Iceland and you absolutely must take a road trip around “Ring Road.” You need to rent a car and drive yourself to a couple of places you can’t miss like “Reynisfjara” or the “Black Beach” as many call it… then keep on trecking to see Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Be sure to swing by Svartifoss and snap a picture of one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. Getting out on the roads can be intimidating but fear not you can drive in Iceland! The weather can be a little sassy sometimes so always use caution when driving in rain or snow but don’t forgo the day trip altogether, every bit of scenery is worth your time. A little tip for the road? BRING SOME CASH because you’ll need to pay to use the restroom at the available stops.
Day 5. Snorkel Silfra & touch the North American AND Eurasian tectonic plates at the same time
Did you know you can snorkel in Iceland? YES, you can! You wear a warm suit and jump right in! Because why wouldn’t you, right? You would literally be swimming a fault line between the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian tectonic plate and if your arms are long enough you can reach out and literally be touching North America and Eurasia at the same time! This adventure is well worth your trip up to North Iceland where you’ll discover a happy people and some really cool scenery. Have fun and bring a waterproof camera!
Until next time,