We spent three days and a half in Iceland. We are going to recommend you the three day trips we did with three different tour companies. We did a good research before we went to Iceland last year, so we carefully chose these three companies according to the comments read online in websites such as Trip Advisor.
1) GOLDEN CIRCLE – GEOICELAND (www.geoiceland.com)
No trip to Iceland is complete without having seen the Golden Circle. We could say that this is the most popular trip in Iceland. There are loads of companies that offer this trip, but we chose Geoiceland as their tour is done by mini bus, so is much more comfortable when you are a small number on people and you can interact with the guide, which makes the trip quite personal. The price is 10,900 isk for a 8-9 hours trip. If you go in winter, dress up warmly, as it can be really cold (and windy!). The minibus picked up us at the door of our accommodation between 8:30 and 9:00 am in Reykjavik.
You will see:
- Gullfoss waterfall (one of the prettiest waterfalls in Iceland)
- Geysir hot spring & Haukadalur geothermal area
- Thingvellir National Park
- Waterfall Faxi
- Hveragerdir earthquake town
2) SOUTH COAST AND JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON –GRAYLINE (www.grayline.com)
This was a 14 hours trip, but as there are several stops during the day it does not feel long at all. The cream of the crop is Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, simply amazing! The price is 24,200 isk.
In this trip you will see:
– Seljalandfoss waterfall
– Skógafoss waterfall
– Dyrhólaey black sand beach
– Vatnajökull glacier (Europe’s largest ice cap)
– Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
– Skaftafell National Park
– Selfoss waterfall
3) SNAEFELLSNES NATIONAL PARK –GATEWAY TO ICELAND (www.gtice.is)
The landscapes and nature beauties you will see make this trip absolutely worth it. The price is 18.900 isk per person for a 9-10 hours trip.
Main sights as follows:
– Snæfellsjökull volcano glacier – Jules Verne made it famous in his novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth”
– Dritvík birdcliffs
– Fishing hamlets at Arnarstapi & Hellnar
– Hvalfjörður – the Whale bay fjord.
– Breiðafjörður beach, ‘the golden beach’.
– Djúpalónssandur beach
– Gerðuberg basalt columns
PLACES TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN REYKJAVIK
– Grótta light house
– Miklatún or Hljómskálagarður parks
– The Golf Course aka Björk Park
– Öskjuhlíd (that hill where The Pearl is)
– Borgarholt (Kópavogur)
TIPS FOR FOODIES
- Saegreifinn – the Sea Baron: If you have only one place to try in Reykjavik, this is the place to go to. Try the handmade lobster soup and the fish skewers (we recommend you to try the mince whale one). Amazing! Located in Geirsgata 8.
- Tapas Barinn: if you want to try Icelandic delicacies, order the Icelandic Gourmet Feast menu, which includes smoked puffin with blueberry “brennivín” sauce, icelandic sea-trout with peppers-salsa, lobster tails baked in garlic, pan-fried blue ling with lobster sauce, grilled Icelandic lamb Samfaina, minke whale with cranberry-sauce and white chocolate “Skyr” mousse with passion coulis. The plates are small but enough for two to share.
- Baejarins Beztu Pylsur: the most famous pylsur kiosk is in downtown Reykjavik across from the harbour. Its name translates to “the best hot dogs in town.” Try their famous hot dog with ‘eina med ollu’ (one with everything), or ‘the works’ – ketchup, sweet mustard, raw and fried onions and remoulade, which is supposed to be one of the best ones in the world. There are different addresses, but the most central one is in Tryggvagata, near Kolaportið.
WHAT TO SEE IN REYKJAVIK
Visit Hallgrímskirkja church, which can be seen from 20 km away, and go up to the top to enjoy the fantastic views of Reykjavic. In front of the church there is a monument of Leif Eriksson, son of Erik the Red.
Other things to visit:
– Solfar (Sun Voyager) Sculpture
– The Pearl (Perlan)
– Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach
– Port of Hafnarfjordur