Hæ! I finally had a moment to recollect and organize myself after such an amazing trip to Iceland with Ryan. It was his second time in the country and my first and we can definitely see ourselves planning another trip back during the summer months.
Our first day was spent sightseeing in Reykjavik and getting familiar and reacquainted with the charming city. We spent time at Hallgrimskirkja, which is Reykjavik’s largest church and highest view point of the city, grabbed plokkfiskur for lunch and ventured down to the Harpa Concert Hall and Sun Voyager. That evening, we booked a food and beer tour at Bryggjan Brugghus where we had some local Icelandic cuisine paired with the brewery’s best brews. Later, we had a Northern Lights tour booked, lucked out and ended up seeing some lights, despite the cloud coverage.
Second day was dedicated to the Golden Circle, which ended up being my favorite day of the entire trip! We started at Thingvellir National Park, which was easily the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen in my life. We stopped at a local dairy farm and had Icelandic ice cream, which was out of this world! Next was Geysir, which is a famous hot spring with a geyser that shoots off every 5-10 minutes. We then ventured to Gullfoss, or the golden waterfall. This fall was absolutely massive and one of the craziest sights I’ve ever seen! Before heading to the Blue Lagoon, we stopped at Kerid, which is a volcanic crater that is something out of another planet. The Blue Lagoon, though often seen as a tourist trap, was absolutely worth the money and an enjoyable end to a fantastic day.
The third full day in Iceland was spent along the Southern coast and we went chasing waterfalls! We saw two of the major waterfalls (Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss), while also stopping by to admire some lesser known falls like Gljufrabui and Irafoss. The day was concluded with a stop at Reynisfjara, or the famous black sand beach. This was technically part of a two-day tour, but through the agency I booked with, we only signed up for the first day of it. If we had an extra full day, we would have absolutely extended because the group was then heading to Diamond Beach and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Our last day in Iceland was spent back in Reykjavik and we went up Hallgrimskirkja and explored the bell tower before it was populated with tourists. We finished our trip with some last minute souvenir shopping and headed back home.
Our trip was made even more enjoyable thanks to Nice Travel Iceland. This isn’t a sponsored post by them, we just thoroughly loved how accommodating the guides were and how knowledgable they were! If you’re planning a trip to Iceland, but don’t want to rent a car, Nice Travel is something to consider because they take you to some of the best hidden spots, give you enough time at each location to explore and are incredibly friendly. (Plus, the bus is comfortable and has free Wi-Fi!)
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