Trip Planning: Iceland

Trip Planning: Iceland

In 5-ish weeks, I’ll be boarding a night plane bound for Reykjavik, Iceland.  I’ll arrive in the early morning, as most direct flights do, and stay for six days before moving on to Copenhagen.  I am so beyond excited for this trip that every time I talk about it, my voice takes on a high-pitched squeaking quality.  I have never been to this enchanting island country, but, with everything I’ve read and seen of it, I think my only problem will be trying to see it all in one go.  I’ve been doing a ton of research on tours and activities in Iceland in the past few weeks.  It would be very easy for me to book my whole trip full of tours because they all look so amazing.  But, I also want to make sure I leave plenty of time to enjoy the city of Reykjavik.  I’m entranced by this colorful city and I can’t wait to explore it.

Here are some of my trip details:

Accommodations:

  • AirBnB for (2) nights – this is my first time trying AirBnB and I’m excited to see what all the fuss is about. The location is a little bit outside of downtown, so I will definitely be utilizing public transit.
  • A Boutique Hotel for (3) nights – for the second half of my trip, I’ll be staying at an artsy boutique hotel that is more centrally located.

Activities:

  • Whale Watching – I’ve booked a whale watching tour with Elding Tours which involves three hours on a boat in the arctic. I am ecstatic about the possibility of spotting some whales.
  • South Shore Excursion – A minibus will be transporting me to the magical southern coast of Iceland to see glaciers, waterfalls, black sand beaches and hopefully puffins!
  • Kolaportid Flea Market – I’m lucky enough to be in Reykjavik over a weekend so I can visit this unique flea market. I will have my eye out for some local specialties.
  • Heading out to the Grotta Lighthouse to try and spot the Northern Lights
  • Hiking on Mt. Esja
  • Swimming at Nautholsvik Beach
  • Walking along the old harbor

The two things I can’t decide if I want to splurge on or not are the Golden Circle Tour and the Blue Lagoon.  I know that these are both very popular Iceland activities, but I am still on the fence.   They are both pretty pricey and I’m not sure I’m as interested in them as I am other things.

Trip Planning Iceland, RebeccaWanderlusting
Photo via Visit Iceland

Resources:

  • I’ve been reading a few blogs on Iceland to get some ideas of what I want to do while I’m there, including: Unlocking Kiki, Young Adventuress, and Hand Luggage Only. I also acquired an Iceland Lonely Planet book from a friend which has become a great factual resource!

I can’t express how much I am looking forward to this adventure.  I’m so grateful for the opportunity to go and explore a new country.  If you have any Icelandic travel tips, please share them in the comments and stay tuned for more details on my Reykjavik travels!

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