In the past few years, Iceland has become a very popular tourist destination. This comes as no surprise to those who have seen or heard of this picturesque country. There is literally something for everyone. From adventure to stunning landscapes to a great nightlife (yes, I said nightlife); it can all be found on this little island. Before we made our trip, I did a fair amount of research and so, I wanted to share those and our experiences with you!
Iceland is a place where you can spend two days or two weeks – it all depends on how much you want to see and do. My first bit of advice would be to stay outside of Reykjavik, such as in Kopavogur, located just a short drive away. We stayed at the Icelandic Apartments which was fully equipped with it’s own kitchen, living room and dinning area. If you are renting a car, this is an extremely convenient location and will save you a pretty penny. This leads me to my second recommendation – rent a car! If you’re like me and appreciate doing things at your own pace, this will literally make your trip. I’m usually not a fan of tour groups and would rather explore on my own. Having a car was pure convenience and allowed us the freedom to do things at our own pace. One thing I do need to say is to get that four wheel drive. Trust me!
You can start your adventure in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. This was definitely the busiest place we came across on our entire journey. Spend the morning strolling through city and visit a coffee shop or two. I definitely recommend that you at least walk by the Hallgrimskirkja church and if you have a little extra time you can even go to the top of the tower to capture a marvelous view of the city!
Now you can begin your road trip and head to the Geysir. It’s one of the top tourist attractions so be prepared for the crowds. The second spot on route is Gullfoss, a breathtakingly large waterfall. Side note, whenever visiting a waterfall make sure that you’re bundled up! It can get fairly chilly and windy, especially during the colder months. From there, you can head to Hjalparfoss, which is a dual waterfall. Definitely not as dramatic as the first but it had it’s own charm. Also the fact that it wasn’t crowded was a big plus for us. It gave us the opportunity to really experience the serenity that surrounds this location.
Next, we visited Haifoss waterfall. I know, I know, yet another one … but to that I say – do go chasing waterfalls! The trek to this waterfall had to be one of the bumpiest and scariest drives we experienced on our trip. But once you’re up there and you take in that view, it’s worth it! This was hands down my favorite waterfall and as you can tell by now, we saw a few.
At this point we had wanted to visit Kerio, a volcanic crater lake, however we ran out of daylight. As such, we headed back to Reykjavik as the city is packed with a vast selection of restaurants and shops. If you’re in the mood for Mexican head to Burro Tapas & Steaks or for some great bar food check out Frederikson Ale House. Maybe you prefer Indian? In which case, you must check out Shalimar. Each spot had it’s own charm!
There is something magical about Iceland. I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to visit this country at this time of our lives. It reminded us to appreciate everything that we have in this world and how lucky we are. We were able to experience a special moment while driving from one location to another. Something that we will never forget. Just along the road, even fenced in, it felt as though this majestic creature was just waiting to say hello. So remember while you’re trying to take in all of the great things that there are to see, that something as simple as a horse, can make for a very special moment. Especially when they’re as beautiful as the wild horses of Iceland!
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