Iceland, land of fire and ice!
When talking about Iceland people automatically ask, hmm why Iceland? Okay we have to admit that we prefer choosing more sunny over cold destinations ourselves. However some friends who did go, had nothing but good experiences and reactions about Iceland. They told us that you can’t describe Iceland with any other countries, it just feels like you are on another planet. It really made us even more excited about our trip. So why not, and of course we love to explore new countries!
And Iceland didn’t let us down! They were right, it felt like we landed on planet Mars when we first arrived! So weird to see, trust us you never seen anything like it. Iceland has everything whether you are a city person or a nature person. This country has it all. Iceland have some of the world’s most active volcanoes, glaciers and geysers. It just feels so good to be in the nature. The water from the rivers are so clean that you can drink it. Even cold water from the tap is completely safe! Icelandic tap water is considered as the purest in the world. Only the warm water has this sulfur kinda smell , so don’t be surprised when you take a shower hihi.
This beautiful Nordic island country is located between the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean. It’s the second largest island in Europe after Great Britain. Iceland is actually one of the youngest landmass of this planet, formed about 25 million years ago.
If you only have a few days to spend and you want to see the most of this amazing island attractions we can really recommend you to book some excursions with the Reykjavik excursions. You can choose from many excursions they offer. They pick you up with the bus from your accommodation, doing the amazing tour and then bringing you back to your hotel. Great service!
Or if you have more time, just rent a car. You can stop whenever and where ever you want and capture pictures of the breathtaking landscape. For the next time, we will definitely do this! Cause we still want to explore the south of Iceland someday.
Here is our where to go list:
This famous spa is one of the most visited attraction in Iceland. Located in a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The warm water is rich in minerals like sulfur and silica which is good for your skin and has a temperature averages from 37 – 39 degrees. You just wanna get into the warm water, because it so cold outside only wearing your swimsuit. Once you are in you don’t want to get out anymore. Here you even have even a lagoon bar, where you can order a drink without leaving the water. Just a perfect place to disconnect from the world and enjoy! After swimming you can eat and drink in the cafe enjoying the Icelandic food and our favorite here was the chocolate brownies & skyr smoothie.
Note : Pre-booking is required
We did a popular day excursion for tourist : A golden Circle day tour
Thingvellir national park
Thingvellir also known as Þingvellir is a national park in South Iceland and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This park has a beautiful and rugged landscape! The Þingvellir area is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
“Golden” Gullfoss waterfall
One of the famous tourist attraction located in the canyon of Hvitá in Southwest Iceland. This waterfall is truly beautiful, you can take a nice walk along the perimeter of the falls. Gorgeous views!
Strokkur, a Geyser located in southwestern Iceland. The geyser erupts approximately every six minutes. Beautiful setting and plenty of facilities nearby!
One of the oldest and famous shopping street in downtown Reykjavik. Here you can find some boutiques, arts, crafts galleries, designer labels, souvenirs shops and restaurants as well.
We went to a lovely and cute souvenir shop Ogtho. While looking for some souvenirs, we heard a song which we thought..mmm not bad at all. We asked the shop owners what the name of the song is called and they showed us the album. An Icelandic band called Asgeir Trausti, there were two songs in particular that we like and that is Að Grafa Sig í Fönn & Samhljomur..its kinda slow, but relax. It reminds us a bit of an indonesian band : Noah
A chic shopping street, leading from Laugavegur to the Hallgrímskirkja church.
A great place to see Reykjavik. Go to the top of the tower via the elevator and you will have great views of the city!
Below some photo’s we took during our trip 🙂
The beautiful nature while driving
Down Town Reykjavik
Icelandic food and drinks
View from the Hallgrímskirkja