I always imagined Iceland to be one of those magical destinations; you know, one of those places that feels like you are walking in a dream. Well, turns out I was right; however, Iceland somehow managed to exceed even that expectation.
We were only in Iceland for 24hrs, but it didn’t take long for us to fall head over heels in love with this country. From the people to the landscape, this place does not fall short. We arrived in Iceland around 6am and easily found a helpful taxi who took us to our hotel. We stayed at Hotel Keflavik which was as much convenient as it was adorable. The staff was very both friendly and helpful and the hotel was perfectly situated between the airport and the blue lagoon.
There are a lot of people who will suggest you not go to the Blue Lagoon due to the large crowds, but I would say otherwise. Even if you go just for the experience, the Blue Lagoon is worth the trip. It’s a beautiful location and the backdrop of snow covered mountains didn’t hurt. The trick to avoiding those dreaded crowds that seem to ruin everyone’s experience is to book tickets for off-peak times. We arrived around 9am and while there were people there, it was not overwhelming. In fact there were lots of spots within the lagoon that didn’t have anyone in it. I also suggest booking the Premium package which includes a robe, free drink, and both face masks.
It was hard to walk away from this beautiful country after one short day. In only a few hours, Iceland had drastically increased my appreciation for nature. Driving though each town, I was constantly in awe of the landscape around us and while I don’t want to walk away with regrets, I do wish we had more time to explore even more of what Iceland has to offer. Needless to say, we will be back!
|| Iceland Tips ||
If possible, book your excursions (including transportation) in advance. While we did book our tickets for the Blue Lagoon before arriving (recommended) we ended up spending more than we would have liked getting last minute transportation there and back.
Be adventurous wth food. I can be super picky and while I didn’t try everything, I did try to taste a bit of the local foods served at our hotel’s breakfast.
Don’t waste your money on bottled water. We were (thankfully) advised early on by a local to not spend money on bottled water as the tap water in Iceland is actually clean and drinkable. I can testify it was very refreshing!