Let's travel to: Reykjavik, Iceland
In a nutshell: nature, nature, nature
WHAT TO DO
Blue Lagoon – do not leave Iceland without taking a dip in this famous geothermal spa heated by hot lava. Also be sure to apply some of the algae facemask, found in multiple tubs around the spa.
Northern Lights – because they are quite difficult to spot, most tour companies will let you go multiple evenings at no extra cost.
Golden Circle – this area, covering ~300km, is made up of 3 sights to see:
Thingvellier National Park – a rift valley (that experiences 400 earthquakes/week) where the Viking Parliament set up shop in 930 AD. You can also see the spot where the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates meet.
Gullfoss waterfall – water flows at speeds of 103,000 litres/second
Geysir hot spring – see the original geyser, as well as the Strokkur geyser, which blows up every 2 minutes.
WHAT TO EAT
Lamb, dairy, and fish. Iceland is famous for its homey stews!
Most of the breathtaking views in Iceland are actually a fair drive’s away from Reykjavik. Renting a car will save you money you would’ve spent on tours, and it will also let you call the shots on how long you want to stay at each destination.
Take the Fly Bus from the airport. You can buy tickets on the airplane, and the bus stops at all the major hotels and hostels in Reykjavik.