Iceland is amazing, beautiful, and perfect for adventuring. It was perfect for a honeymoon, babymoon, or reconnecting as a couple because there is almost no one around outside Reykjavik. This is a recap of what my husband I did for our Honeymoon. There is so much to do we could not get to in all in the short times we had. We also stayed toward the southwest, if you go to the north, it’s a totally different experience.
We found a fantastic deal where they book you in hotels in different places and it’s your responsibility to get there. You rent a car as part of the package and drive around and explore on your own . More and more of these type of vacations are popping up and can run pretty cheap. In Iceland, get a 4 wheel drive vehicle, because there are several roads that are 4 wheel drive only.
We went in June, which is awesome in some respects but not good in others. It never got dark, ever, so we had no trouble with jet lag; however, it also meant we were getting up at 11am and wanting to eat dinner at 10p,. Fortunately, everyone we met was super friendly, and often would take our order for dinner even after the kitchens had closed.
We landed in Keflavik and drove to Reykjavik to our hotel and slept. The maps are fairly easy to follow and the learning curve isn’t that steep for driving around. While we were there we went to the Botanical gardens, the zoo, and a few museums. There’s is also a huge nightlife here but we decided to forgo that experience.
Go to the Blue Lagoon, it’s a spa, but you can just hang out in the lagoon if you want. It’s a beautiful, cerulean blue, naturally warm geothermal hot spring. And it’s full of silica which they say is good for your skin. So much fun and so romantic.
Explore Grindavik, a coastal fishing town. It’s fun to walk around but it’s not big so it won’t take all day. There are several restaurants to choose from for lunch, we ate at Salthusid, and it was wonderful.
We went from there to our next hotel in Vik. On the way we stopped at a few waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind it and it’s beautiful. We also stopped at Skógafoss which is huge!
While we were exploring around Vik we found a place we can follow a trail under a glacier, we found a black sand beach you can drive on, and a cliff where you can get super close to puffins! This cliff, overlooking the Troll Stacks (based on a local legend) is one of the only places you can see puffins on the southern coast without taking a tour.
From Vik we drove to FlúÞir (Fluthir), which is near Geysir, where geysers were named for. While we were there exploring we found some mudpots (fun to see but you have to hold your nose), and we stopped at Gulfoss, and Þingvellir (Thingvallir) where you could see where the tectonic plates had moved apart. We also stopped at the geysers and watched them erupt, pretty frequently.
Then we went back to Reykjavik and ate some amazing street food, they have their own style of dressing a hotdog with crispies underneath.
There are so many different places to explore and several companies to go through to do excursions if you want. You can find the information at any hotel website and, once you’re there, at the hotels themselves.
If you’ve gone to Iceland, let me know what you did while you were there!