Iceland is one of the most geographically beautiful places I’ve ever been. Every section of the country is so unique — It’ll feel like you’re in the arctic, on the moon, in the mountains, and on a posh island all at the same time. On top of that, there is an endless amount of things to do and everyone is incredibly friendly. I stayed for one week in Hotel 101 and did day tours every day.
Day 1: Arrived at the airport, hailed a cab to my hotel about 45 minutes away. I stayed at Hotel 101, and it was great, but would totally recommend stayed at a bed and breakfast.
Day 2: I did the classic Golden Circle Tour to see the Gullfoss waterfall also known as Queen of the Waterfalls, Strokkur which is a huge geyser that err ups every 5 minutes or so at about 1oo feet high, the volcanic crater lake called Kerid, and finally Thingvellir National Park which is the only place in the world where you can see the American and Eurasian tectonic plates above sea level.
Day 3: I went back to Thingvellir National Park with Arctic Adventures to swim in the silfra. The silfra is the rift formed in between the tectonic plates that moves farther apart by about 2 cm each year. The water in this rift is incredibly clear, so clear that it is considered cleaner than 98% of the tap water in the world! As you’re swimming around you’ll be encourage to gulp the water. I did and it was awesome.
Day 4: It was a pretty rainy day so I hung out around Reykjavik exploring all the cute little shops along brick-paved roads and ate lots of great food.
Day 5: I road tripped around Iceland, for a partial ‘Ring Road’ self-tour. Renting a car is easy (drive on the right side) and fun, but you have to be careful driving during the winter months. I couldn’t make the full 830 mile ring due to all the ice and snow on the roads.
Day 6: I joined a snowmobiling tour which was one of the most fun and memorable experiences of the trip. We drove quite a ways out to an almost uninhabited area that had untouched white snow for as far as you can see. We even hung out on glaciers. I had a fun time with one of the girls in the tour so we agreed to grab dinner since we realized our hotels were so close to one another back in Reykjavik. We settled upon eating at Kolabrautin which is a restaurant inside the Harpa Concert Hall that was a walkable distance for us. One thing I loved about Iceland is that each time you go in for dinner, they’ll guide you to a large walk-in closet where you take off your jacket and hang it next to everyone else’s. It’s refreshing how trusting everyone is. After dinner we went out around the bar area and ended up meeting some local guys that invited us out with them. We had a blast meeting new people and dancing.
Day 7: Went to the Blue Lagoon, then to the airport and onward to Paris!