If you’re following me on Instagram you may have noticed my recent trip to Iceland. It’s always been one of those places I have wanted to go, but because I hate the cold, I have always put it on the ‘one day’ list.. until now.
We actually booked the trip back in April, whilst having a few drinks and picked January as a suitable time for us all. We booked our flights with easyjet and they were super cheap. Before we went we also booked our Northern Lights and Golden Circle Tour excursions through Reykjavik Excursions so we could plan our days as we were only there for the 4 days. If you’re planning a trip I would highly recommend doing this. These guys have it nailed. They pick you up from where you are staying and take you to the bus depot to catch your bus and drop you off on the way back, and takes the hassle out of sorting out transportation whilst there.
Talking about transport, taxis are really expensive so I would suggest shopping around a bit. When we landed at Keflavik International Airport we ended up booking the Gray Line bus for our transfers to and from the airport as this was the best option, and once again they pick you up and drop you off from your accommodation.
For this trip we decided to book another Airbnb to keep costs to a minimum. As this was the second time using Airbnb I was a lot more confident in the whole process and it turned out to be just as good!
Entire Home (sleeps 4)
Checked in: 05/01/16
We went as a group of 4 so we decide to find an entire apartment to rent rather than just individual rooms. We stayed here for the 3 nights at a cost of £90pp, which is nothing really is it. The location was perfect, with the main high street and Old Harbour within a 5 minute walk.
Although Reykjavik is a relatively small city, theres still a lot to see and do whilst you’re there.
The Old Harbour
The old harbour is one of the upcoming areas of Iceland thanks to the recent addition of the award-winning Harpa concert and conference centre and plays host to a handful of bars and restaurants.
The area is also home to Sólfar – ‘The Sun Voyager’ statue, not to mention the scenery.
Located in the middle of Reykjavik, Hallgrímskirkja is the largest Church in Iceland. For around £3 you get access the viewing platform which looks over the city and is something I wouldn’t miss. The views are breathtaking.
Food & Drink – The Laundromat Cafe
I first discovered The Laundromat Cafe on Pinterest. I find Pinterest such a great way of finding out where to go and what to see whilst you’re away. Although the food was pretty standard (I had a club sandwich and a green juice) the atmosphere is great. Filled with old books and an Americana vibe, it’s a good spot to to stop at and grab a coffee and warm up. As the name suggests, the cafe also has a full working Laundromat downstairs!
Other cool places we visited and I would recommened are Lebowski Bar which does the best White Russians and Vegamòt and Solon Bistro for evening meals and drinks.
The Northern Lights & Golden Circle Tours
Powered by Reykjavik Excursions, these tours take you to a number of tourist hotspots. Although the Northern Lights were only just visible during our trip, it was a good experience, and gives me a reason to return in the future. The Golden Circle tour takes you to Pinvellir National Park, the Geysirs and to the Gullfoss Waterfall and was amazing. we added on the Fontana Wellness hot springs on to the end of our tour as The Blue Lagoon was sadly closed for renovations. (another reason to return!)
Have you ever been to Iceland?