Iceland has been the place to go for the past few years. Tristan and I joined the bandwagon when we saw an amazing flight deal through Icelandair. For an extra $20, we were able to add a five day stopover to Iceland on our way home from Paris, which we had to do. Since we only had few days in Iceland, we had to plan accordingly! Check out what we were able to see and do in a five days.
We arrived in Reykjavik Wednesday evening so we didn't have a lot of time to explore. We rented a car (which you have to do in Iceland, public transportation won't get you very far!) and began driving to our Airbnb. The place we stayed in was in Reykjavik and it was the cutest basement apartment. After we settled in, we went to buy groceries. You've probably already heard this, but everything besides the flight is soooo expensive in Iceland. We bought three full days of food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and the bill was around $150 CAD. We pretty much bought the basics, like bread, eggs, cans of tuna, and it was still SO expensive. If you can, try to bring food in (like instant noodles!) as it'll keep expenses to a minimum!
Day 2 was our first day on the road! We decided to head inwards and drive to Gullfoss Falls. The drive to the falls took around two hours. It was cool seeing it in the winter as parts of the falls were frozen. Walking along the path allows you to see the two-tiered waterfall below, which falls into a deep canyon. Be sure to dress warm here as the mist made it pretty cold!
After the falls, we started our drive back home. We kept our eye open for this sign. It means place of interest:
We stopped by a few smaller waterfalls and Kerið, a volcanic crater lake. It was super cool - we walked on the frozen lake and along the outside of the crater.
At the end of the day, we drove down to the Blue Lagoon! Be sure to make a reservation as spots fill up really quickly. There are also so many other hot springs in Iceland, do your research beforehand as the Blue Lagoon can be pricey. We chose the cheapest package which meant we didn't have a robe or sandals provided, which we were fine with. Definitely not needed! We spent almost six hours here - totally worth it. Be sure to put the mud mask on, it makes your skin feel GREAT.
For our third day in Iceland, we decided to drive south towards Vik. Vik's a remote seafront village with a black sand beach. The drive down took around three hours. We walked down the beach and took in the mountainous views. I heard that the undertow here is SUPER strong, so beware when taking a photos! Keep your eye on the tide.
On our drive home from Vik, we stopped at a glacier, Solheimajokull! Since it was close to sunset by the time we got there, there was almost no one around. Walking on a glacier was probably one of the highlights of this trip - I had never experienced anything like it.
On our drive home, we were able to see the Northern Lights! I was in awe at how the green streaks danced in the sky. Be sure to visit Iceland during their winter season (October-April).
On our last day, we decided to drive to Kirkjufell - a 2.5 hour drive away. This drive was the absolute coolest. We drove through mountains with snow covered streets, going up and down hill. Keep in mind that there is 1,000 ISK ($13 CAD) toll both ways on route.
An Iceland trip isn't complete without visiting their horses! They're so cute and smol.
Home time! We returned our rental car back to the airport and flew home.
In all honesty, these photos don't do this beautiful country justice. If you want to see more photos from our trip, check out Tristan's website!