I come from a traveling family, before the #wanderlust and #traveladdict was a thing . My father took pride in planning our family vacations across the country and around the world. He always said,
“Traveling is the education that books can’t teach you!”
That always stuck with me. Fast forward 20 years, and my love of traveling has grown. I have a greater appreciation of what my father has taught me. I became interested in traveling to Iceland, because, while I was student teaching in Mrs. T class, she taught a science unit on the Northern Lights. Mrs.T read the story of Aurora, A Tale of The Northern Lights! She explained all the places where Northern lights could be seen and Iceland stuck in my mind .
Last year I decided to take the big trip to Reykjavik, Iceland.
I spent 5 days and 4 nights which wasn’t long enough, but it was an experience of a lifetime. I was in Germany for Octoberfest. I thought it would be a nice change in scenery after 4 days of drinking German beer and partying to visit Iceland and it is only 3hrs away by plane . It was also a cheap flight.
I chose to fly ICELANDAIR to Reykjavik,Iceland. I stayed at Kerno Apartments, which was centrally located to all the main tourist attractions . When booking most of the tours, there is a dropdown menu of a listing of hotels. I advise for you to choose a hotel from the list, it makes pickup and drop-off to a and from the tours easier.
Through my research and talking to others who visited Iceland before me. I was able to plan a short trip which was full of adventure!
Traveling to and from the airport I used the
Gray Line: www.grayline.is (Transportation and Tours). If you use a cab it will be really expensive (about $116 US) compared to taking the bus for $17 dollars.
Northern Lights Tour booked on Viator for $64 USD.
There are different variations of this tour. Northern Lights are VERY spontaneous and there is a chance that you might not see them. If the Northern Lights do not show that night or if it’s bad weather, they will let you reschedule for the next day. Dress Extra warm! Iceland nights are cold! I was lucky enough to see the Northern Lights on the tour and one night while walking home from dinner. It was as a clear cold night , and the Northern lights appeared magically!
I visited The Blue Lagoon: I booked the Blue Lagoon Luxury package through the Blue Lagoon . I highly recommend. The price at time was $195 per person ! http://www.bluelagoon.com/blue-lagoon-spa/exclusive-lounge/ It’s totally worth it for the extra amenities, they supply you with a robe and flip fops ( which you keep) You have a private changing room, that has a shower. Complimentary fruit cookies and champagne and a romantic fireplace, along with your own private wait staff, as well as a private entrance into the Blue Lagoon waters . As a keepsake you are given a small travelbag with lotion and face scrub . I wanted to deal directly with the Blue Lagoon, because I had a lot of questions so I booked my package on their website, but there are a lot companies that have packages..
The ATV and Golden Circle Tour with Waterfall for about $250 per person. It is an ALL DAY tour. Dress warm but very comfortable. I booked the tour through https://guidetoiceland.is/book-holiday-trips/atv-golden-circle
This tour combined The famous Golden Circle with a quad biking. The Golden Circle features three of the most important and well-loved sites in Icelandic nature and history: Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir national .
Street art (Graffiti) self guided tour. As a mural lover I usually research any Graffiti tours, in most countries I visit, I came across the following article http://iheartreykjavik.net/2015/10/street-art-in-reykjavik-wall-poetry/ which gives a map of the street art in Downtown Reykjavik ! The street art is a collaboration between Wall Poetry and Iceland Airwaves. A lot of the murals were easily spotted around Own town Reykjavik
Famous Sights you can see in Iceland:
The Big Church Hallgrimskirka
Icelandic Phallological Museum
Sun Voyager sculpture
Harpa Concert Hall
Go to Laugavegur, it’s were a lot of the shops and restaurants are! Try an Icelandic Hotdogs!
GO TO PRIKID! It’s a hip hop bar, and they PARTY! PRIKID is also great for lunch they have good burgers.
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