I was lucky enough to spend five days in Iceland. This meant that my family and I had some time to see all the main attractions tourists usually visit, and then some. Here is where I had the pleasure to visit during my trip, and where I would recommend anyone to go see if given the opportunity to visit Iceland.
The Golden Circle
During our visit to Iceland, my family and I went on two different private tours with SuperJeep.is. The first of which was the Golden Circle & Langjökull Glacier Tour. We started at the Thingvellir National Park, also known as Parliament Park.
We then headed to the Geysir geothermal area in Haukadalur to witness geysers bubbling and shooting up boiling hot water – a truly unique and exciting experience.
Next, after a bit of off-roading, we were on top of the Langjökull Glacier, where we were surrounded by snow, while standing on top of the glacier itself. It was white all around us and freezing cold, as you can imagine, but another great site to see nonetheless.
Our final stop for the day was the Gullfoss, or Golden Waterfall. Unfortunately, we visited on a rainy day, but the falls’ beauty was still lovely to take in from above.
Thórsmörk Valley & Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Our second day with SuperJeep was spent exploring Thórsmörk Valley. During this day’s excursion, we visited the Katla Geopark, Gígjökull Glacier, and Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.
If you’re a Belieber, then you’ll recognize the Seljalandsfoss waterfall from Justin Bieber’s “I’ll Show You” music video. We also visited a smaller, more hidden waterfall near to Seljalandsfoss, named Gljufrabui, where we entered a cave to end up right next to the fall. I will say that this tour was probably my favorite out of the two, as our guide tailored the day’s activities in order to avoid the rainy weather. I immensely enjoyed the entire day and highly recommend you check out each and every one of these locations if you’re in Iceland.
Bridge Between Continents
Since we had a rental car to ourselves, we decide to spend our 3rd day in Iceland visiting the bridge between Europe and North America on Reykjanes Peninsula. While this site is not particularly amazing to see, it is extremely cool when you think about where you are. From the bridge, you are able to stand on two continents at once! On the bridge, there is a sign that shows you which side is North America, and which side is Europe, and by standing there, you are straddling both!
As I said, the bridge itself is not very impressive, but the fine, black sand beneath is definitely took my breath away. I have never been to a black sand beach, so just the color of the sand was mind blowing to me. So I would say, if you have a free day, and a car at your disposal, this is another place to check out while in Iceland.
The Blue Lagoon
I’ve done a whole separate post on my experience there, so be sure to give it a read as it is also a must see for anyone visiting Iceland.
Now that I’ve rounded up all of my favorite places and things to see, do, and eat in Iceland (see my previous posts for anything you may have missed!), I do have to mention that the country is known for being on the pricey side. This is particularly true for restaurants. That being said, I really enjoyed my time there and found Iceland to be uniquely beautiful with very friendly and warm people, and I am 100% positive I will be returning, if only to see the Northern Lights, as we missed them on this trip due to all the cloudy and rainy weather.
Let me know if you’ve been to Iceland and if you would add any other places/hotels/restaurants to my list. Or is Iceland still on your travel bucket list? Let me know in the comments below!