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Iceland: Exploring the Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland

March 2024

Iceland is a beautiful country and has a lot to offer. My friend and I had a great time. I’m glad I was able to do everything I wanted to do without any issues. Iceland was a vibe ✌🏽.


Iceland Trip Overview


Things We Did in Iceland

Exploring Reykjavík

On our first day in Iceland, we walked around the city in Reykjavik. There were plenty of restaurants, bars, cafes, and stores, so there were a lot of options. My friend wanted to see the Rainbow Road, so we walked until we saw it. The Rainbow Road goes towards the Hallgrimskirkja, one of Iceland’s church. The Hallgrimskirkja was on top of the hill. Once we arrived at the Hallgrimskirkja, we saw the church and the statue of Leifur Eiríksson. The Hallgrimskirkja was very tall, and the architecture was beautiful. The church’s shape was unique, especially with the ascending pillars on the side. I liked how everything was walking distance, and you can’t miss anything. Had we extended our stay, we would have had the opportunity to explore additional areas of the city.

Kerid Crater

During our tour, we went to the Kerid Crater. The Kerid Crater is a volcanic crater with a lake in the middle. When we were there, the lake was frozen. We walked around the volcanic crater, which took 15 minutes. We had to be careful because there were ice, so we were trying not to fall. It was nice to see the Kerid Crater in different angles.

Icelandic Horses

Our tour guide stopped by a farm that has the Icelandic Horses. The Icelandic horses used to race, but they are retired. We had the opportunity to feed the horses.

Gullfoss Waterfall

The waterfall was a beautiful sight to see. We walked to different areas to get a different angle. The souvenir shop sits on top of the hill. The souvenir shop has a cafe, and you can grab a snack.

Geysirs

Geysir Geothermal Area has restaurants, souvenir shop, lodging, and the Geysir area. The Geysir area has a lot of hot springs and two sprouting Geysirs. The popular Geysir sprouts every 7-10 minutes. Sometimes, it will sprout two times simultaneously. There is a little Geysir, which jumps up and down. On the other side, there was a souvenir shop and restaurant. The Souvenir shop has a restaurant that serves hot and cold meals. We ordered burger and fries, which cost $20/each.

Thingvellir National Park

Before we went to the Thingvellir National Park, our tour guide showed us the Tectonic plates. The Tectonic plate shows a slowly division between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

The Thingvellir National Park has a lot of history, especially it’s involvement with World War Two. The best part was learning they filmed Game of Thrones when Brienne of Tarth and The Hound fought. The Thingvellir National Park has a lot of trails. Unfortunately, we couldn’t explore all of the trails because the snow covered it. I think if the snow melted, then we would be able to explore the National Park.

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a natural, geothermal water. We went to the Blue Lagoon with our tour excursion group, and we had the Comfort package. I wasn’t able to record the locker room because it was prohibited. The locker room and shower were shared. We had to wash ourselves before we entered the Blue Lagoon. There are two entrances, which were through the water gate or outside. Once we entered the Blue Lagoon, we walked around and explored. We went to the bar, and we had a free drink because it came in the Comfort package. I ordered the blue slushy and my friend ordered red wine. Then we went to the mud mask bar, we had the Silica Mud Mask. In the Comfort package, we were allowed one mask. I’m glad to experience the Blue Lagoon and checked it off the bucket list ✅.

For more information, Click on the Golden Circle, Volcano Crater & Blue Lagoon Small Group Tour.

The Sky Lagoon

The Sky Lagoon is a man-made, geothermal water. We went to the Sky Lagoon, and we had the Sky package. Since we had the Sky Package, we had our locker and changing room. We had to take a shower before we could enter the lagoon. We entered through the cave and walked into the Sky Lagoon area. There was a bar, but you had to pay for your drinks. We did the 7-Step Ritual, which is included in the Sky package.

The 7-Step Ritual: You will give the employee the black band. Once you leave, you can’t go back.
1. The Lagoon
2. The Cold Splunge
3. Sauna
4. Cold Mist
5. Body Scrub
6. Steam
7. Shower

The Sky Lagoon was an experience, and we had a fun, relaxing day. I recommend y’all come here. Make sure you make reservations.

The Northern Lights

We were supposed to see the Northern Lights on Wednesday, but the tour cancelled it due to the weather. We were able to reschedule it for Friday. While in Iceland, we were worried we might not see them because it was raining and cloudy. Friday morning, we received a message saying the tour was good to go. We were excited and praying that we would see the Northern Lights. During the first 30 minutes of the tour, we saw them within 30 minutes of the tour. At first, they were faint, but they grew vibrant. The tour guide took us to different locations to get better views and to stay clear of the cloudy area. During our tour, he gave us a doughnut and hot chocolate. The Northern Lights were the most amazing sight, and I am glad I could check it off my bucket list. For more information on the tour, click on Northern Lights Enchanting: Small Group, Hot Cocoa & free Photos.


Iceland Restaurants

The Laundromat Cafe

My friend and I went to a 60s-style restaurant for breakfast. This is a first-come-first-serve seating. You order at the bar or on the scan code. Our food came quickly! My friend ordered a Basic Scramble, which includes bacon and two slices of toast, and a side of pancakes. I ordered the Dirty Brunch, which has pancakes, yogurt with granola, scrambled eggs, two slices of toast, bacon, fruits, fried potatoes, half of a grilled tomato, and a slice of cheese. Our meals were good and in a good sized portion. There is something for everyone.

Duck and Rose

Before we left Iceland, we stopped by Duck & Rose to eat their brunch. It is important to make reservations. The aesthetics were very cute. I ordered the Peach Mimosa with Champagne, which wasn’t too strong. My friend ordered Chorizo & Olives Pizza and a side of Pancakes & Berries. I ordered the Confit Duck & Waffle, which is a fried egg, arugula, and duck on top of a waffle with hollandaise sauce. The food was delicious, but they give you a lot of food.

Pósthús Food Hall & Bar 

This food hall is the best place to get your food as quickly as possible. There are nine restaurants, so you have a lot of options to choose from. My friend and I went there twice. The cost for these meals were at least $20.

Here are the four restaurants we went to and what we ordered:

– Enoteca: Ravioli ai funghi, which is Ravioli with mushroom filling, our own
enoteca mushroom sauce, garlic, and herbs
– YUZU: Big Yuzu Burger with fries
– Funky Bhangra: Chicken Skewers, which is Grilled spiced chicken thighs, zucchini, paprika, and red onion. Served with red quinoa.
– Mossley: BBQ Chicken with Fries

Tapas Barinn

This is a small plates restaurant with a lot of options for you to choose from. Three dishes for each person would be enough to fill you up.

Drinks:
– Cocoloco is served in a metallic pineapple cup. The Cocoloco is made out of coconut and pineapple juice.
– El amor, which was ordered by my friend. She said it had a very fruity taste.

Food:
– Complimentary bread with mixed olive spread and hummus
– Smoked puffin with blueberry “brennivín” sauce
– Chicken in bbq-chili crumbs with pistaccio crumble and blue-cheese sauce
– Beef tenderloin with mushroom duxelle and bourguignon mushroom sauce
– Duck breast with jerusalem artichokes, spanish salsify and Icelandic, Malt & Appelsín” sauce
– Waygu Sliders

Café Babalú 

While exploring Reykjavík, my friend saw the cafe and wanted to try their hot chocolate. The cafe was a bit small, but it wasn’t crowded. I like how there were different currencies hanging in the cafe. We ordered their hot chocolate with whipped cream. Their whipped cream was very light, fluffy, and sweet. It’s a nice hang-out spot to stay warm.

Apotek Kitchen & Bar

Below watch 29 second video of trying the SKYR at Apotek.

I wanted to try Icelandic SKYR, so I went to Apótek. APOTEK has a takeout or dine-in dessert bar. I ordered the SKYR Fantasia, and the presentation was beautiful. The SKYR was light, fluffy, and sweet. It wasn’t too much, which was perfect. The SKYR was $14.57 When you go to Iceland, please try the SKYR.


Center Hotels Plaza Iceland Tour

Below watch one minute and 53 second video of the hotel tour.

Level One: The Lobby, Reception, Bar, and Meeting Rooms
Level K: Breakfast Room
Other Levels: Room Floors


Keflavík International (KEF) Iceland Airport Tour

Watch 45 second tour of the Keflavik International Airport.

Keflavík Airport is a 45-minute drive from Reykjavik. This airport was very easy to walk through, but I recommend arriving at least two or three hours before your flight departs. There were plenty of check-in kiosks for everybody to check in their luggage. If there is an issue, there is always someone there to help. After you check in, you go to the check-in counter to drop off your luggage. I scanned my check-in luggage tag with the scanner, then my luggage was to its destinated plane. Then, we walked through TSA. Once were clear from TSA, we walked to Customs to be clear. After being cleared by Customs, we went to our designated gate, which wasn’t a far walk. There were plenty of restaurants and benches to sit on. The benches had a charger port underneath them, so we could charge our devices.


8 thoughts on “Iceland: Exploring the Land of Fire and Ice”

  1. Iceland is high on my list so love this list of things to do in the land of fire and ice. So beautiful! And want to try all these restaurants as the food looks so good!

  2. Iceland holds such a special place in my heart as this was where we spent our honeymoon! Your trip looks incredible! I’d love to visit when it is snowy! We went in November but it was surprisingly warm! I love The Sky Lagoon too, it was such a great way to unwind. I can’t wait to return and explore more of the country. Thanks for the great guide!

    1. I bet it is beautiful when Iceland is snowy, and I am surprised that it is warm in November. Sky Lagoon was great, but the spa section helped us unwind. I will like to go back and visit the Southern parts of Iceland.

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