Iceland

Packing = Layers, 3-in-1 recommeded jacket, water resistant pants, waterproof boots

Transportation = B

Food  = C+

People = A++

Go-again?= A+

Cost = B-

The land of fire, ice and Northern lights.

Must see:

  • Blue Lagoon
  • Seljalandfoss
  • Golden Cirle (Gullfoss, Thingvellir and Geysers)
  • South Coast Tour
  • Raykjavik City
  • Aurora Borealis (read below)
  • Vatnshellir Cave

Summary:

The natural beauty of Iceland is unreal. Probably top 3 happiest and friendliest people on Earth. I would recommend staying in Raykjavik since most if the tours depart from downtown (tours will pick you up at the hotel). Transportation is easy since you either drive or take a tour bus. Food is not what you go to Iceland for, but you will find the things you like, sorta pricey but you will find the basics. Expect running water to smell funny (high sulfur content), so it will take you couple of showers to get used to it.  It is extremely easy to drive, since highway 1 circles the entire island, however many roads are restricted for “off-road” vehicles, so that’s why I highly recommend paying for certain tours.

If you are only on a “Stop-over” or Layover, go visit Blue Lagoon since its relatively close and many shuttles from the airport. totally worth it.

Northern Lights

There is no “Magic spot” to watch the aurora, there are websites specialized in forecasting the sightings, but basically if there is high activity and clear skies, just find a spot with good visibility away from light pollution. I drove around 2 hours to find a good spot because it was a cloudy night.

Seljalandfoss
Black Beach
Solheimajokull Glacier
Blue Lagoon
Raykjavik Cathedral