Iceland is a small country with a lot to offer. Hit the highlights with this handy guide.
During our six day trip in March 2016, my traveling buddy and I accomplished a lot. We rode Icelandic horses. We saw lots of incredible art in museums and on city walls. We got photographed by a women’s photography club from Akureyri. I ran 8 miles in the volcano fields near Reykjavík. We stayed out until 4am for a night of drunken debauchery, all for free – thank you to the guys from the running group! I bought a handknit sweater. We stewed in the thermal pools after a hard day of work (ahem, tourism – but there were plenty of locals there that had been working, so it counts). We ate lots of hotdogs. For a little healthy FOMO, you can read about all that here and here.
Obviously, an amazing time was had all around, yet there’s still a lot of stuff we didn’t get to experience. Notice the Northern Lights are conspicuously missing. Here’s a run down of what I aim to do on my future Icelandic journeys:
- Graduate from the Iceland Academy – such a cute idea
- Pack only black and grey jeans and black shoes!
Things to eat:
- Hit up Matur og Drykkur for the lamb’s head
- Return to Jomfruin for the lamb steak
- Buy alcohol at duty free – otherwise it’s very expensive to go out
Things to do in Reykjavík:
- Befriend some Icelanders!
- Go to service at Hallgrimskirkja
- Visit every mural
- Run the trail along the harbor
- Take a photo at the Sun Voyager sculpture
- Do the Walk the Crash tour – perfect for an econ nerd like me
- Finish the Culture House – we hit floors 2-4 but ran out of time for the lower level because I was too busy raiding the giftshop for cool posters and postcards
- People watch at the mall
- See an event at Harpa
- Take a cooking class
- Buy a small bowl – I’m thinking this would be an inexpensive but useful item to start collecting as a souvenir
Things to do outside of Reykjavík:
- Take a Jeep tour to see the Northern Lights
- Drive the Ring Road – possibly in a camper van
- Snorkel over the continental divide
- Visit the Western Fjords
- Do every single one of the Arctic Running tours
- Do a multiday horseback riding tour across the countryside
And if that wasn’t enough…
- Inspired by Iceland – official tourism site, because they take this s*#& seriously
- The Reykjavik Grapevine – super trendy publication with a helpful “best of” section
- Reykjavík Loves – packed with lots of helpful info
- I Heart Reykjavík – Icelandic blogger sharing the gospel about her city
- Unlocking Kiki – American blogger living in Iceland fulltime and exploring extensively
- Running in Iceland – tips and routes
So tell me, did I miss anything? Are you booking your tickets to Iceland right now? If you’ve been to Iceland, what was your experience?
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