With so many flights opening up through Reykjavik, Iceland is becoming more accessible than ever. It is a gorgeous country full of adventures and definitely deserves the time to properly explore it. Plus, it’s is a great place for a road trip and renting a car is a must if you want to get out and explore the country. However, if you do find yourself in Iceland for a stopover, there are still plenty of things you can do during a 2-3 day trip.
Reykjavik is a great city full of friendly people and cute shops. Its location is right on the water and offers beautiful views whether you get them from the coastline or the top of the Hallgrímskirkja, a beautiful white church that happens to be the tallest in Iceland. If you happen to come during winter, step out on the frozen lake at sunset to watch the sun light up the buildings.
Iceland is the land of waterfalls. They are everywhere. Big, small, majestic, you name it. If you go in the summer, you will get rushing water, rainbows and green grass. During the winter, icy rocks, frozen crystals and a winter wonderland. And if you go somewhere in between (like me), you end up with ice and rainbows.
EAT ICELAND’S MOST POPULAR FOOD: A HOTDOG
Seriously, if you come to Iceland and don’t eat a hotdog, you are doing yourself a major disservice. There are hotdog stands all over Reykjavik and whatever magical toppings they put on it, make this the best hotdog I’ve ever had. Pair it with an Appelsin soda for maximum impact. I ran around the entire airport (which isn’t very big) trying to find one last hotdog and alas, everything was closed and I left with hotdog withdrawal.
SOAK IN THE BLUE LAGOON
This is a must-do attraction. There is nothing else like the Blue Lagoon. The water is a milky light blue and the warm temperatures of the water can keep you there all afternoon. Fancy a drink? Just swim up to the bar in the water and get one. Want a facial? Use the white mud full of deep-cleansing wonders.
DRINK A LOCAL COCKTAIL
Why not try something different? The cool thing about Reyka vodka is that it is made from glacial water and then distilled using energy from geothermal heat. Cheers!
LEARN ABOUT VIKING HISTORY
There are lots of viking facts and fun things sprinkled around Reykjavik (and elsewhere in the country I’m sure). Head to the water’s edge to see The Sun Voyager, a sculpture that resembles a viking ship (but is actually a dream boat…whatever that means), or head to Hallgrímskirkja to see the statue of Leif Erikkson.
TAKE A DRIVE INTO THE WILDERNESS
If you get the chance to rent a car, it opens up a whole load of possibilities to explore. You can see volcanic fields, visit waterfalls, glaciers or visit Þingvellir, the site of Iceland’s parliament from the 10th-18th centuries and where a rift has caused two tectonic plates to separate.
Have you been to Iceland before? What was your favorite thing to see?