Things to do in Iceland
The land of Fire and Ice
I’m so excited to be sharing with you my Itinerary for my 4 day trip to Iceland. It’s called the land of Fire and Ice because of it’s strategic geographical point, between glaciers and volcanic springs which are located right next to each other. It’s the perfect trip if you enjoy doing outdoor activities and being in nature. If you have an interest in Viking history and culture, then it’s definitely a plus. My friend and I decided to go in November because it’s good time to go and see the northern lights and the weather is a tad more acceptable than the colder winter days. We were very limited with sunlight (Sunrise was at 10:30 AM and sunset was at 4PM) and because it’s considered high season, for the first time ever I had to pre-book everything in advance. I also had to do a lot of research to know where to sleep and what to see during the day since everything is quite far. We ended up driving 2000KM but I wouldn’t have changed a single thing!
Things to do in Iceland in 4 days:
Day 1| Friday, November 23rd, 1018
Landed at the 5AM, picked up our car from the airport car rental company GO ICELAND, and we headed to our first destination ‘ to watch the sunrise and relax after our long flight!
- Blue Lagoon at 8:00 AM
I highly recommend you to take Premium Package because it was more convenient and this experience is once in a lifetime. Note that PRE-RESERVATIONS are mandatory due to the limited capacity they have.
- Golden Circle: (1:30 hour drive)
- Þingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir geothermal
Kerið Crater Lake ( I didn’t have the time to do it)
- Airbnb check in at (between 3-10 PM)
Our Airbnb was super convenient. We could check in at any time we wanted. It was very close to the city, like a 5-10 minute drive. We also had parking available which was super practical. The apartment was very cosy and really well equipped and clean. I really enjoyed my stay there and would highly recommend it!
- Northern Lights at 9:30 PM is pickup (BSI Bus Terminal – City Center)
Seeing the aurora was the main reason for my trip to Iceland. Had to drive around 10 minute from my airbnb to the Bus terminal, we drove a few hours and got to the middle of nowhere. We waited around 3 hours+ but couldn’t see them unfortunately. They usually allow you to re-do the tour, it’s up to one year. I just didn’t have the time to do it. PS: get a lottt of warm clothes, gloves, hat. After hours of sitting in the cold I could barely feel my fingertips and feet.
Pre-booking is also mandatory
Day 2| Saturday, November 24th, 2018 | Drive to VIK
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
( A town sitting at the bottom of the volcano)
- Close to ^ farmstead is Skogafoss (2nd waterfall) -500 stairs for the top view
- Along the ring road is the rocky outcrop of Dyrholaey
- Check in AIRBNB : MID-HVOLL COTTAGES (check in between 4&8 PM) & Private Access to the black sand beach
Day 3| Sunday November 25th, 2018
- Checkout is at 11:00 AM
- Ice Caving 10:00 AM – (2:07 min drive) Arrive 30 mins in advance starts at 10:30 AM (ticket ARC-T6439528) | Meeting point: Arctic Advernture booking hut in Skatftafell National Park
Expedition we chose is called ‘Into the Glacier’
- Secret Lagoon
Return to reyjavik
- Check in Airbnb after 3:00 PM (Parking available)
Day 4| Monday, November 26th, 2018
- TJORNIN a small city
- Hallgrimskirkja top of the modernchurch – Panoramic view