3 Days in Iceland

Is three days enough in Iceland? Absolutely not. I remember looking confused when someone asked me if I was going to Iceland for 2 weeks, and now I understand why. There is so much to do there and 3 days does not even scratch the surface. It’s a nice amount of time to get a flavour of the country, but I feel that at least 7 days are needed to get the full Icelandic experience. Nevertheless, I am going to share how I spent 3 days in days in Iceland.

Day 1- Reykjavik

Reykjavik

Rainbow Street

After checking into my accommodation, the first thing I did was head to the famous rainbow street! I saw a few of these in Reykjavik during my stay. It’s in a very central location next to “Laugavegur Street” which is where all the souvenir shops and restaurants are located. At the end of this rainbow street, you will find the Hallgrimskirkja cathedral which can be seen in this photo. I never visited it because I’ve been to soooo many churches in Europe that I just didn’t feel interested. Plus it was -8 degrees outside on this day! I can just imagine how cold it would have felt at the top.

Hofdi Lighthouse

Höfði Lighthouse

This is a really cool lighthouse! As you can see in my photo above, the background is just beautiful. It is very windy in this area so I couldn’t stay too long, but it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s the perfect spot for a photo!

The Sun Voyager

The Sun Voyager

This is a really cool statue located within walking distance of Höfði Lighthouse. The statue reminds me of a Viking ship.

Svarta Kaffid

Svarta Kaffið

After almost freezing to death by the harbour, I felt like having some hot food to warm up. Svarta Kaffið is a nice cosy restaurant that serves soup in a bread bowl. They had 2 soups available and you can get free refills if you want to try both. I opted for a creamy meat soup, which reminded me of Hungarian Ghoulash. It was very tasty! I didn’t finish the bread because it was so crusty. I am also not the tidiest eater so the crumbs were everywhere (…oops).

The Northern Lights

Northern Lights Tour

During the night I booked this northern lights tour. They picked us up at around 9pm and we drove around to a few locations to look for the northern lights. We didn’t have any luck so they started to drive us back at around 1am…until a girl on the bus spotted them out of the window near the end of our journey in Reykjavik! It was so funny because she just screamed “guys I can see the lights!” so the driver stopped on the side of the road and we all ran off the bus like a pack of animals. It was very cloudy (as you can see from the photo) so they weren’t shining bright. But I did get to see some green light in the sky. It was magical 🙂

Day 2- The Golden Circle Route

One of Iceland’s most popular tourist routes is the Golden Circle, as it shows some of the most beautiful natural attractions in the country. This route is quite popular for people who spend 3 days in Iceland, and includes Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall.

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park

The photos I captured in this area don’t do it justice. The snow is so pretty! There is a waterfall in here but I didn’t get to see it because I felt unsafe walking down the icy path that led to it. The path was sloped “downwards” and I didn’t want to risk breaking any bones from slipping on ice. The toilets in this National Park are nice because the windows behind the sinks show you views of snowy mountains.

Geysir Geothermal Area

Geysir Geothermal Area

This is probably one of the most fascinating natural attractions that I have visited. The area is full of hot springs, geysirs, and bubbling mud pots. The most popular attraction in this area is the Strokkur geyser, which is pictured above. It erupts every 5-10 minutes, which causes a huge splash of boiling water to shoot up around 30 metres high.

Gulfoss Waterfall.

This is the view from the top of Gulfoss Waterfall. The atmosphere here was just pure bliss. It was amazing to watch the water flow down into the Hvítá River. This area was also definitely the coldest place during my whole trip…-15 degrees Celsius! everyone who I spoke to agreed that the weather was bone chilling in this region, but I honestly don’t regret it. I would like to come back and do this route during the summer, as I’ve heard it’s equally as stunning but with a bright green grass landscape instead of snow.

Our tour guide for the day was kind and made an extra stop to see the horses. He also gave us some horse food to feed them! This was definitely one of the highlights of my day and I honestly didn’t want to leave the horses :(.

101 Reykjavik Street Food

After a 2 hour drive back to Reykjavik, I went back to my accommodation to warm up, and then headed out to dinner. This time I tried a traditional Icelandic dish called Plokkfiskur. It is mashed fish, with potatoes, and béchamel sauce. As a seafood lover, I really enjoyed this, and it honestly tasted a lot better than it looks. This dish is served with 2 slices of Hverabrauð. Icelandic rye bread is top tier, because it has a very sweet under-taste.

Day 3- Sky Lagoon

Sandholt

Sandholt

I’m generally not a breakfast person at home, but when I travel, I will eat breakfast to try the local food. So I went to Sandholt which is a popular cafe in Reykjavic. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be so full. The queue for a table was 30 minutes, despite getting there at 9am. It was worth the wait though, because the Swiss mocha and poppy seed cinnamon bun were delicious. It was also probably one of the few times in my life that I would find it acceptable to pay around £15 for a pastry and coffee (yes…Iceland is very expensive)

Sky Lagoon

Sky Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon has been closed on and off over the winter period because of Volcano eruptions. It happens to be a popular tourist attraction for visitors to Iceland. I wanted to book it but many Icelandic locals warned me online that it wasn’t a good idea. So I decided to visit the Sky Lagoon instead which is a newer Lagoon, and accessible by public transport.

I had already prebooked this for 12pm. I got there at 11.30am but there was barely any queue so they let me in. The water really wasn’t that hot (or maybe it just felt that way because of the minus temperatures outside). They have a bar in the water with a limit of 3 drinks per person, which is perfect because I wasn’t looking for a boozy bathtub. I thought it would be too cold for a bikini, so I opted for a leopard print swimsuit of course ;).

Cafe Loki

Cafe Loki

It was 4.30pm when I got back to the city centre so I decided to grab some food. The picture above shows some more Icelandic food. I tried trout on rye bread, smoked lamb on rye bread, mashed fish on rye bread, Harðfiskur (dried fish) eaten with butter, and fermented shark with a shot of Brennivín. Many people back home were disgusted when I told them I wanted to try shark (haha!) but it honestly was not as bad as I expected. Yes, there is a weird ammonia taste after around 10 seconds, but it goes away with the shot of Brennivín.

…and this is how I spent 3 days in Iceland. I am itching to go back there already. I want to visit a volcano, go snowmobiling, and visit Diamond Beach. Also…it would be good to see the northern lights shining a bit brighter next time!

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