Two weeks ago we celebrated my dad’s 60th birthday with a surprise trip to Iceland!
Ever since we booked the trip it seems like every person I knew was going to Iceland. Now that I have been I an certainly see why! There is a lot to see and do in Iceland and you can easily do this trip in a long weekend.
Since before we went we were looking for things we must do when we got there I wanted to put together a list of things I would consider must do’s in Iceland.
Must do’s in Iceland:
Northern Lights: While we did not get to see them due to the weather not cooperating I know it was high on all of our lists to see. So hopefully if you go you will be able to see them. If you have bad luck with weather like we did you can at least go to the Aurora Reykjavik museum and learn all about the Northern Lights there.
Stay in and explore Reykjavik: We scored a great Air B&B right in Reykjavik and walking distance from the main streets full of restaurants, bars and shops! There is so much to see, shop, eat and drink so make sure you make time for that! One of my favorite things about walking around was see all the building graffiti and snapping pictures of all of it, they were all so cool and so unique.
Check out some waterfalls: Mainly Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss.. there are a LOT of Waterfalls to see in Iceland but these two were pretty amazing!
Check out the Blue Lagoon: The Blue Lagoon is a Geothermal spa in Iceland and a tourist hot spot. Guests can spend as long as they like in the lagoon soaking in its heat, putting on mud masks and hanging out at the swim up bar. While this was not my favorite activity mostly because it was raining and windy while we were there it is definitely something to check out. I think if we didn’t just get off the plane and weren’t exhausted and freezing I think we would have found the experience to be extremely relaxing and enjoyed it more.
Check out the Hengill geothermal hot springs: Hengill is a natural hot spring in Iceland that has a great scenic hike to it. Once there, it is located at the foot of an old volcanic core. While I opted to not jump in the hot spring since the air was freezing and we had much more to do after I did feel the water and it was MUCH warmer than the day before. Jeff and my brother enjoyed relaxing in the hot spring though.
Hike the Solheimajokull Glacier: This was by far the COOLEST and most incredible thing we did all trip. I never in my life thought I would be/have the opportunity to hike a glacier and it was such a cool experience. We had to wear crampons and got to carry ice picks to help us navigate the glacier. Our tour guide told us that in about 50 years that glacier won’t be there anymore which is crazy to think and it was crazy to see where the glacier had once started years ago and where it currently starts today. Both the above hot spring hike and this hike was part of a tour from the mountain guides..which I would highly recommend, they offer a variety of tours!
Drive around Iceland: The landscape of Iceland is unlike anything you have ever seen before, there are miles and miles of lava rock covered in moss, miles and miles of open land, minimal houses and lots of goats, cows and horses to be seen.
Have you ever been to Iceland?
Is it on your bucket list of places to go?