Iceland, know as the land of fire and ice is a fantastic destination for adventure and solo travel. Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital is the perfect place to base yourself. Iceland is extremely tourist friendly and well set up for tours to places of interest. Essential tours that you cannot miss include the Blue Lagoon Tour Iceland and Golden Circle tour Iceland.
How Long Should you Spend in Iceland?
A long weekend is sufficient to see the main sights including Reykjavik, the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. If you can extend to a week, you will be able to fit in a South Coast Tour of Iceland. If you are lucky enough to have two to three weeks to spend in Iceland, this is enough time to do the full ring road route and see some of the North.
Highlights of Iceland
In Reykjavik, I recommend that you go to the top of Hallgrimskirja, the Church that dominates the skyline. You can get fantastic views of Reykjavik, the harbour and surrounding landscapes from there. You should also do the Reykjavik free walking tour which includes the ‘troll village’, flea market and town hall. Reykjavik is also a fabulous place to spot street art.
As I mentioned, the two main trips that you must do are the Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon. The Golden Circle includes the Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. The geothermal landscape is out of this world!
If you are staying for longer than just a weekend, try to fit in a South Coast tour. This will include the beautiful Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss waterfalls. You will be able to admire the black sand beach of Vic, and watch the scenery change as you approach Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. The Lagoon is a fantastic place for wildlife spotting – seals can be seen swimming between the icebergs!
Save the Best till Last!
Regarding the Blue Lagoon tour, I always recommend that people do this on the last (or last but one) day as it’s so relaxing and will help your body to recover from the walking and adventure. The lagoon is full of silica which is excellent for healing the skin, but avoid getting it in your hair as it seems to produce straw like qualities! Book your Blue lagoon tour in advance to avoid disappointment.
Iceland is a land of natural contrasts and beauty. The people are extremely friendly (most people speak English) and it’s one of the safest countries in the world. If you are travelling between October and March, you might even be lucky enough to see the Northern lights.
Enjoy your trip to Iceland