Reykjavik, Iceland

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Snowmobiling and Blue Lagooning in Iceland

Just to pre-warn you, this itinerary is only for 4 nights and is pretty jammed packed. The flight was around 4 hours long from London. We landed quite late at night (luckily there’s no time difference) so stayed at the hotel next to the airport Aurora star hotel so we could pick up the car early in the morning.

There’s so much to do in Iceland and with everything being quite far apart I highly recommend hiring a car, as this will allow flexibility in your daily agendas. Alternatively you can book tours but these are usually over priced and too structured. The other option is to hire a driver for the day, which will cost approximately 250/300 GBP per person per day trip.

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Day 1

We woke up at 6am, picked up the land rover and drove east to an area near the Gullfoss waterfall for our first activity, SNOWMOBILING! An hour and 40 minutes later, we arrived. It was so beautiful riding through the mountains whilst the sun was rising. The tour company I went with was called Mountaineers of Iceland. The temperature was around- 8 degrees (in December) so I would recommend packing really thick gloves and thermals.

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The Golden Circle

After snowmobiling we went to see the Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermals, which is all within close distance of each other.

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Next stop…the Blue Lagoon! This took approximately a 2-hour drive, which meant we didn’t arrived until the evening. I would recommend going in the day, to get that full spa experience.

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TIP: make sure you bring your own towel as they charge extra.

 

Northern Lights

That same evening we had also booked the northern lights tour (intense right)?!

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A bit of science for the curious minds out there:

The northern lights are caused by the interaction of particles from the sun and the upper atmosphere near the North Pole. They are usually visible from late August to April, although we still got to see them in December!

With all the tours it’s best to book on the first night because if you’re unlucky and don’t see the lights they’ll take you again for free. We went with Time Tours. They picked us up at 8:30pm and didn’t drop us off back to the hotel until 1am. So be prepared for a long night!

 

Day 2

Again an early start, we woke up at 7am to start our drive South from Reykjavík to the Seljalandfoss waterfall. This took 1 hour and 35 min. The second waterfall was called Skogafoss, which was only minutes drive away.

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After we were all water-falled out, we drove another 50 minutes to Reynisfjara black sand beach, which had the most incredible views. Because we were on the road so much we had just been eating snacks on the way but when we got to this beach we found the Black Beach Café and had our first meal of the day. FYI they do the most delicious beef burgers with waffles fries here.

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Post burgers, we were back on the road again this time en route to where we were staying for the night, the Foss Glacier Lagoon Hotel. This was a stunning hotel literally in the middle of nowhere (very pricey but so worth it).

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For dinner we had melted Brie with honey, rosemary and cashew nuts for starters, beef tenderloin steak served with mash for main and to finish a dark chocolate raspberry cake served with ice cream and biscuit.

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A lot of our dishes were cooked with the famous Icelandic flake salt, which is the world’ only artisan salt produced with 100% geothermal energy. Perfect souvenirs!

 

Day 3

So the reason we stayed in the Foss hotel (in the middle of nowhere) was so that we could see the famous Jökulsárlón (only 20 mins drive away).

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The Jökulsárlón is literally a glacier river lagoon; this is the perfect place to take your drone out to play. Opposite the lagoon is the famous diamond beach (another must see)!

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That night we drove back to the Reykjavik and stayed at the Centre hotel (and caught some amazing shots along the drive)…

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Food

I recommend Sushi Social for dinner; they have a good combo of Japanese and South American food. The quality was good but the service wasn’t amazing (although it was NYE so we’ll let them off).
You can’t go to Iceland and not eat fish so I recommend Icelandic fish and chips. They serve fresh battered fish with yummy sauces including honey and mustard, truffle and tarragon and lemon and dill-take your pick!

 

Nightlife

Paloma bar in the center of Rejkavik was good for a big night out, if not there are plenty of bars and pubs in the center.

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