Do you have that one vacation photo that everyone stares at and immediately asks “where is that?” The smile on your face tells a story that can’t be put into words. I left Iceland reluctantly pulling myself out of the Blue Lagoon and getting on a plane and heading back to reality. I left with several emotions knowing there is more to life than watching TV or worrying about work. Iceland surpassed all my expectations and left me feeling there was one too many leaves left unturned. I knew in my heart that someday I would return.
Our trip began with a 7.5 hour overnight flight from Seattle to Reykjavik. We landed in the morning watching the snow fall. We watched the sunrise mid-morning on a fly-Bus that takes you to your hotel from the airport. We then had breakfast at the hotel and took a nap before exploring.
Our package included flights, hotel, buffet breakfast and an all-day Golden Circle Tour booked through Iceland Air. What I really wanted to see was the Northern Lights. The Concierge at the hotel was happy to arrange a tour that would pick us up and drop us off at the hotel and guaranteed sightings or the next day was free.
I was very impressed with Iceland’s tour setup! Each tour we planned included a bus shuttle to and from your hotel to the tour terminal. From there you hopped on the bus for your designated tour for the day and found it to be extremely easy to figure out. Almost everyone spoke English and was very friendly and eager to tell you about their country. I felt very welcome and found it easier to navigate than most large U.S. cities!
I would highly recommend the Golden Circle Tour. We made a stop at a local gift shop where we had a great time with hats and other novelties before heading out. We also stopped at Thingvellir National park, Gulfoss Waterfall, and Geysir hot spring area including Strokkur geyser. I would consider this the Yellowstone of Iceland in a one day tour as you see tremendous waterfalls, geysers and incredible scenery.
We spent the next day exploring Reykjavik on our own. I loved the charm of the city and felt safe even at midnight on a Friday. Hallgrimur’s Church is immense and demands you walk over and visit. The 250’ elevator ride to the top has incredible views of the city from the top and is where one of my favorite all time photos came from being a fan of the amazing race.
I would recommend jumping at the opportunity to explore this wonderful place! I want to go back and see what else there is to see and do and hopefully this time see the Northern Lights.