We went to Reykjavik for our honeymoon in April. I’ve decided to do this post in two parts. Part 1 was the city of Reykjavík (here) and Part 2 is trips and sights outside of the capital city.
Reykjavik is the main city on the island, holding over 2/3 of the total population. Although there were a few interesting things in the city, it the rest of the country that you really go to Iceland for. It has some of the most stunning and varied landscapes and beautiful natural attractions. We stayed in Reykjavik and only stuck to the west and south coast.
This was an absolutely amazing experience and quite possibly my favourite thing we did while we were in Iceland. It needs to be booked in advance, as my parents unfortunately realised when they went to Iceland last year. I was told by a lot of people that you have to shower naked in front of everyone and this made me very apprehensive. I’m am super please to say that there are cubical and you can close the door so no one can see you *huge sigh of relief.*
When you book a standard ticket, they give you a wrist band, a towel, face mask and a free drink. You put the wrist band on and this opens your locker and pays for any extra drinks or face masks you might purchase. There are separate male and female changing rooms, with a small lockable cubical to get changed in. You then shower naked before you go into the pool. There are two ways into the pool, you can access it from inside or you can go outside before you then go into the water. We were really lucky and the water was around 38 degrees. I’ve heard that some people experienced it cooler than that. It was very surreal as the water was blue, with steam rising off, and the lagoon was surrounded by snow! You then have a bar in the middle and you drink your drink whist in the water and can apply free face masks. You can spend as long in the water as you want
I would definitely recommend going here.
We went to Iceland in April which the the beginning of the whale watching, although we were informed that you can see wildlife all year round. We were lucky enough to see a Minke whale, a pod of dolphins and porpoise! If I were to go to Iceland again, it would definitely be in July as that is when the puffins and humpback whales are abundant.
This is the famous black sand beach, know to the locals as Reynisfjara. This beach was just incredible, as you go around the corner you keep seeing something new; black sand, caves, basalt stacks and huge waves. It may look familiar as it was used as one of the filming locations for Game of Thrones.
As we were approaching the guide told us a story about the rocks in the sea. According to folk law there were two trolls who saw a ship wreck so went out to pull it in for their supper but found that the wreck was a lot heavier than they expected. Just as they were approaching the beach the sun rose and turned them into stone.
Iceland is full of so many beautiful waterfalls. We visited Gullfoss whilst on the Golden Circle tour, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.
Skógafoss was really cool as at the bottom the spray was so cold it has turned into ice on the rocks. There was also a beautiful rainbow coming off of the bottom. You could walk up the side of it but I had a bad leg on the day and there were a lot of steps! You can usually walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall, unfortunately as it was so cold the spray had iced over the paths and made it very dangerous so they closed off the path.
This is one of the most popular tours in Iceland, with very good reason. We only did the half day tour, which was just about enough time but I think I would have prefered the whole day as I would have liked a little more time to explore Þingvellir.
We did the express tour which was Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothemal area.
Þingvellir is a UNESCO world heritage site where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia spilt and drift. It was an incredible place to walk and I would have loved to have spent more time there.
Gullfoss was an incredible waterfall, although absolutely freezing. You can see the waterfall from above and go down the steps so you are next to it.
The Geysirs were a lot of fun. It shoots hot water 20m into the air every 5 minuits. It was a lot of fun waiting for it and trying to capture the photos.
We went at the end of the Nothern Lights season, so we weren’t holding out hopes high. We were picked up at 8:30 and spent hours standing outside, in the cold, staring at the sky. We technically saw a bit but it really wasn’t much. The company (Greylines) allows you to keep going for free until you do see it, with your details saved for 2 years. To capture it you need to have a decent camera and no flash. The amount of idiots who kept putting flash, or torches on was very infuriating.
On our way down to Vik we dropped people off to do a glacier hike and we had a change to go closer when we went to pick them up. Seeing Sólheimajökull was eye opening. The tour guide informed us that 70 years ago the glacier came all the way out to the car park, which was a good 7-8 min walk away. We then stood next to the lagoon, which was the edge of the glacier, and she explained that the lagoon was not there 5 years ago.
Have you been to Iceland?
What would you love to see/do?
See my other travels, including Paris, Barcelona and Rome, here.