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Alicja Lei

So you're coming to Iceland...yay!

and it's going to be AMAZING!! Planning your trip to Iceland can be OVERWHELMING...but basically I've collected all the awesome experiences you could have plus helpful articles..so now all you have to do is choose your own adventure!

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The Blue Lagoon 💙

You have to do it. And you will totally enjoy it as well.

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Blue Lagoon
Alicja:Be sure you book your time slot well in advance, and I would book it for either coming from the airport or on your way back to the airport.
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Blue Lagoon: Everything You Need to Know
Alicja:Read this.
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The Golden Circle 💛

The Eiffel Tower of Iceland...one of the most popular destinations with 3 primary stops: Þingvellir National Park (I would spend 30-45 mins at this stop), Gullfoss (15 mins) and Geysir (15 mins). But I've added some must-do stops to make it special.

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$ 110
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Snorkel Between Continents In Silfra | Free Photos
Alicja:They say you can touch two tectonics plates under the water, but since an earthquake a couple years ago, it's just out of arms reach.
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Friðheimar
Alicja:Stop here for lunch. Make reservations. You won't regret it.
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Secret Lagoon Hot Spring
Alicja:Definitely make this hot spring a stop. Float on a noodle, have a beer and enjoy.
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$ 158
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Golden Circle: Platinum Tour Secret Lagoon & Friðheimar Farm Lunch with a Small Group
Alicja:If you are looking for a comprehensive tour of the Golden Circle that includes all of these stops, then you should take this one.
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South Coast 🏔️

Here I've gathered the stops you should take. And I added activities that you could consider booking to do along the way.

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Seljalandsfoss
Alicja:You can walk right behind this waterfall and it's awesome!
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Image - Skógafoss
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Skógafoss
Alicja:I would suggest walking straight to the base of this waterfall. You could climb to the top, but I think it's much more cool from the bottom.
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Image - Dyrhólaey Viewpoint
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Dyrhólaey Viewpoint
Alicja:Be sure not to miss this look out point! Its so spectacular.
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Reynisdrangar
Alicja:The famous black sand beach. STAY AWAY FROM THE WATER! Away away. People get swept out to see every year and the waves sneak up on you!
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Image - Fjaðrárgljúfur
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Fjaðrárgljúfur
Alicja:Otherwise knows as Bieber Canyon! Although this might be closed right now as they build infrastructure for visitors.
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Image - Jökulsárlón
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Jökulsárlón
Alicja:Glacier Lagoon and it's so beautiful!
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$ 83
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Glacier Lagoon Zodiac Tour
Alicja:A beautiful ride around the glacier lagoon, and you get up close to the glacier as well.
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$ 154
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Ice Cave - Inside The Largest Glacier
Alicja:A chance to see the Ice Cave
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$ 158
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South Coast Fire & Ice Tour
Alicja:If you wanted a comprehensive tour to the South Coast from Reykjavik, I'd recommend this one.
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Snaefellsness 🗻

Forget Disneyland, the Snaefellsness peninsula is the most magical place in the world. I've marked towns and stops to make.

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Hellnar
Alicja:This magical little village is nestled in between the sea and a glacier and they say there is an ENERGY there! I feel it.
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Image - Arnarstapi
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Arnarstapi
Alicja:You can take a beautiful coastal walk to this village from Hellnar. But be sure to find the arch photo op.
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Image - Snæfellsjökull
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Snæfellsjökull
Alicja:You can hike it, or ski it or snowmobile on it. Or just marvel at it from a distance.
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Image - Djúpalónssandur
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Djúpalónssandur
Alicja:The other black sand beach.
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Image - Rauðfeldsgjá ravine
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Rauðfeldsgjá ravine
Alicja:You can hike into this ravine, but you might need waterproof shoes.
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Game Of Thrones Locations in Iceland
Alicja:A fun little article and one of the mountains is in Snaefellsness.
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Flatey
Alicja:This magical little island is an escape to tranquility!
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Hiking 🥾

Breath in the freshest air while you climb your way to unforgettable views. Below are articles about local hikes and links to guided hikes for the more adventurous!

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Glymur Waterfall
Alicja:Only a 45 drive from Reykjavik and a beautiful hike...you'll have to cross the river, so be prepared for sharp rocks on your bare feet.
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Esjan
Alicja:Only a 10 minute drive from the center and will give you beautiful views over Reykjavik.
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$ 103
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Landmannalaugar One Day Hiking Tour
Alicja:A only tiptoed into this area and it's amazing.
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$ 253
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Þórsmörk Hike with a Local Guide
Alicja:I haven't done it, but it looks amazing and it's something I really want to do.
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The Reykjadalur Hot Spring Hike on Your Own
Alicja:This is my favorite hike! Make sure the trail is open. Bring your bathing suit and towel and be rewarded with a hot river at the top!
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Northern Lights 💚

Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland is a bucket list item, but it's by no means a sure thing. Weather, solar activity, temperature, light pollution...it will all have effect how you see the lights. That being said your best chance to see it is here in Iceland.

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The Best Time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland
Alicja:A very helpful article
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$ 71
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Kayaking under the Northern Lights
Alicja:The weather is usually too crappy to kayak, but if you're lucky this would be an amazing way to see them.
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$ 87
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Northern Lights - Minibus
Alicja:You could try joining a minibus tour to find the lights. They keep their eye on the skies for you!
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Things to do in Reykjavik 🎨

From viking legends to modern art, get to know the deeper side of Iceland.

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Einar Jónsson Sculpture garden and museum
Alicja:This is right next to Hallgrimskirkja and its really worth checking out...especially the garden (which is free).
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$ 87
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Whale Watching Reykjavik
Alicja:When we went out on this tour, we saw dolphins and puffins and birds! No whales for us, but was still cool.
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Ísbúð Huppu
Alicja:Ice Cream is serious business here and this, according to my ice cream loving husband and step-daughter, there is no place better than Huppa. You'll need a car to get here. Get ice cream called gamli is (pronounced gam-lei ees) and pick 3 toppings for them to make a blizzard. It is yum.
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Restaurants 🍽️

The food in Iceland is amazing! As long as you know where to go of course....

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Sumac Grill + Drinks
Alicja:Icelandic take on middle eastern cuisine and it's amazing! Make reservations.
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Image - Snaps Bistro
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Snaps Bistro
Alicja:An incredibly popular restaurant...Icelandic take on French cuisine. First come first serve.
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Image - Messinn
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Messinn
Alicja:Lovely fish in a skillet...try the dish called Gellur. Make reservations.
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Image - Jómfrúin - Scandinavian Kitchen
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Jómfrúin - Scandinavian Kitchen
Alicja:Danish open face sandwiches…Great place for lunch, and get a schnapps with your meal!
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Grandi Mathöll
Alicja:A food hall where there is something for everyone!
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The Coocoo's Nest
Alicja:A tiny little restaurant that serves fresh and season cuisine. Make reservations.
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Image - Flatey Pizza
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Flatey Pizza
Alicja:Napolean style pizza. First come first serve.
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Image - Forettabarinn
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Forettabarinn
Alicja:Traditional Icelandic cuisine but served tapas style. Make reservations.
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Lamb street food
Alicja:Honestly the best shawarma and fallafel outside Israel.
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Bakeries and cafes 🥐☕

Icelanders do bread, and generally all baked goods really well.

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Brauð & Co
Alicja:Try the cinnamon buns...they are life changing.
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Sandholt
Alicja:Buy a loaf of sourdough and just keep it for your trip.. It's so good.
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Image - Reykjavik Roasters - Kárastígur
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Reykjavik Roasters - Kárastígur
Alicja:Fancy coffee. All the dollar signs though $$$
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Te & Kaffi
Alicja:Iceland's answer to Starbucks.
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Kaffitar
Alicja:Iceland's answer to Seattle's Best?
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Drinks & Nightlife 🍺🥂

Local beers, fancy cocktails or places to shake your booty.

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Kaldi Bar/Café
Alicja:A true locals hang out...especially at HH on Thursdays and Fridays.
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Kaffibarinn
Alicja:A nice place to get a drink, quiet before 10, but after 1 am it gets cray.
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Kíkí Queer Bar
Alicja:The best place to shake your tail feather to super cheesy music.
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The boring but essentials 🛒💱

Grocery stores, banks and pharmacies. I've just listed on location here but they are all chains, so there are several locations of all of these throughout Iceland.

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Vínbúðin
Alicja:The one and only place you can purchase alcohol. And they have limited locations and opening hours so just pay attention!
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Bónus Reykjavík
Alicja:A "discount" grocery store. They move through their product quite quickly at this chain so you are getting the freshest basics.
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Krónan
Alicja:Your typical run of the mill grocery store.
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Nettó
Alicja:Another grocery store, but with just a slightly larger health food section.
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10-11
Alicja:The most expensive place to buy groceries...do not eat from their salad bars.
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Landsbankinn
Alicja:Icelands bank, but there is also Arion Banki, and Islandsbanki. Also Tomato ATMs are trustworthy.
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Lyfja
Alicja:The other pharmacy
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Hagkaup
Alicja:Like Target or Fred Meyer....food and other things.
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Car Rentals and Airport Shuttles 🚗

Did you know that Keflavik International Airport is a 45 minute drive from Reykjavik? Here's everything you need to make this easy and seamless!

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Save on Car Rental in Iceland
Alicja:This is a local car rental company that has proven to be reasonable and easy to work with.
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Airport Shuttle Service
Alicja:There are lots of options. The Airport Direct Premium will drop you off right at your doorstep in Reykjavik.
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Wanderguide map

  1. Blue Lagoon
  2. Snorkel Between Continents In Silfra | Free Photos
  3. Friðheimar
  4. Secret Lagoon Hot Spring
  5. Seljalandsfoss
  6. Skógafoss
  7. Dyrhólaey Viewpoint
  8. Reynisdrangar
  9. Fjaðrárgljúfur
  10. Jökulsárlón
  11. Glacier Lagoon Zodiac Tour
  12. Ice Cave - Inside The Largest Glacier
  13. Hellnar
  14. Arnarstapi
  15. Snæfellsjökull
  16. Djúpalónssandur
  17. Rauðfeldsgjá ravine
  18. Flatey
  19. Glymur Waterfall
  20. Esjan
  21. Þórsmörk Hike with a Local Guide
  22. Einar Jónsson Sculpture garden and museum
  23. Reykjavík Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir
  24. Whale Watching Reykjavik
  25. Icelandic Mythical Walk
  26. Ísbúð Huppu
  27. Sumac Grill + Drinks
  28. Snaps Bistro
  29. Messinn
  30. Jómfrúin - Scandinavian Kitchen
  31. Grandi Mathöll
  32. The Coocoo's Nest
  33. Flatey Pizza
  34. Forettabarinn
  35. Lamb street food
  36. Brauð & Co
  37. Sandholt
  38. Reykjavik Roasters - Kárastígur
  39. Te & Kaffi
  40. Kaffitar
  41. Kaldi Bar/Café
  42. Kaffibarinn
  43. Kíkí Queer Bar
  44. Vínbúðin
  45. Bónus Reykjavík
  46. Krónan
  47. Nettó
  48. 10-11
  49. Landsbankinn
  50. Lyfja
  51. Hagkaup

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