Looking for things to see in Iceland? Read on, and I’ll give you insights into what you must see, what’s a bit overrated, and what to prepare for.
I can’t really tell you why I put Iceland on my list originally. I expected to see a lot of snow covered land (which is the general reaction I get when I tell people I went to Iceland), but the idea of a small island in the middle of nowhere up in the Northern Hemisphere intrigued me. I normally only do one big international trip a year, but when we saw flights on WOW Airlines for $600 round-trip with everything, it was hard to say no.
So, we picked some dates, booked a random trip to Iceland and I started doing Iceland travel blog research. We were heading to Iceland for a quick week!
WOW Air can be very cheap if you do it right – research your dates, and know that you’re going to pay extra for carry-ons over a certain weight, as well as for your checked bag. We used Southwest points to get us to and from San Francisco (and, Southwest Air was also running a deal so each way was only $50!) and then it was a direct flight to and from Keflavik airport in Iceland.
In terms of when to go to Iceland – we decided to go in early October where the days would still be long enough to see a lot, but not too long that we would miss the Aurora Borealis. It was a great decision – read on to find out why!
If you’re doing your own Iceland travel blog research, you’re starting on the right foot. I’m pretty neurotic with my research, but I recognize that that kind of planning is certainly not for everyone. The way I see it – the more I research ahead of time, the more money it will save me when the trip comes around, and the more trips I can take because I’m saving money each trip. Luckily, you’re ahead of the game doing research about things to see in Iceland!
Our flight landed at Keflavik airport on a Wednesday morning around 4am, and we would leave the following Wednesday afternoon around 3pm, which only gave us a week. How much can you see in a week? Well, about 1,000 miles+ worth if you’re crazy like us!
My Iceland Travel Blog Itinerary:
Day 1 4am: Arrive Keflavik airport and pick-up the rental car from SAD car rental. Drive north to Borgarnes (about 1.5 hours). We would try to check into Bjarg Guesthouse early, and then explore the Snæfellsnes peninsula, which is about an hour north of Borgarnes.
Day 2: Wake up early, drive the Golden Circle, spend the night in Selfoss
Day 3: Horseback riding near Selfoss, then drive to our hotel in Lambafell, near Skógafoss
Day 4: Drive about 2 hours southeast near Hof and go Ice Climbing on the Falljökull Glacier in Skaftafell National Park
Day 5: Explore whatever we want along the south side of the island
Day 6: Visit Grindavik, return to Reykjavik, enjoy some beers!
Day 7: Day/night exploring the city of Reykjavik
Day 8: Quick visit to The Blue Lagoon, head to the airport around noon
We had all our hotels and car booked before our travel, and we also booked the glacier tour about a week before the trip, but other than that, we would drive along and see what we see. There are some things you can’t quite plan – and some that you shouldn’t, but at least having our accommodations, car rental and major tour booked, we got great deals on pricing!
Of course, not everything goes according to plan. Follow along to day 1 of my Iceland travel blog adventure to see what didn’t live up to our expectations, and what far exceeded them, as you make your decision about things to see in Iceland!