If you are coming to Iceland, here are some recommendations on preparations, tours and activities for the trip.
Before you come:
Hotels / Accommodations
Please book well in advance as the hotels tend to be quite expensive and tend to fill up really fast over the summer season in Reykjavik. You can none the less get good deals on rooms or apartments, but the sooner you book, the better.
Reykjavik is not a large town, but if you want to be able to walk down town, then you want to stay close to the city center.
Its easy to browse on Hotels.com, where you can narrow down the selection to “down town”
Also you can check out AirBnB, where you can browse apartments.
Its summer time, but warm clothes are always a good idea when coming to Iceland. Wind/Rain proof jackets and pants might come in handy because even during summertime it can become quite chilly, but there are good odds on good weather in June/July.
Iceland is very well connected unless you take some trips to the highlands. Majority of the most attractive sites are well connected on 4G and cellular.
If you are worried about your phone bill, you can buy a prepaid phone card on most of the planes, in the airport and all around Reykjavik, just make sure they are from any of the local phone companies: Siminn, Vodafone or NOVA, then you are good.
What to do:
If you are planning to go to the Blue Lagoon you have to plan ahead, because you have to book your visit in advance.
Book your Blue Lagoon trip HERE
In Reykjavik and arround Iceland are public swimming pools that have hot tubs, sauna and water slides. The swimming pools are filled with geothermal water and are really nice to visit. You don’t need to book, you just show up and have a dip.
HERE is a map of all the swimming pools in Iceland.
Magical Iceland – Ýmir
Ýmir is a private gourmet guide that I have referred to multiple times when hosting people in Iceland, and everyone that I know that have gone on one of his gourmet tours has a great time with a trip to hot attractions of Iceland and great food and wine.
You can browse his tours and activities HERE
A new Icelandic startup has launched a recommendation site called Travelade where you can find good advice and tips about traveling to Iceland. You can check that out HERE
Recommended Private Tours and Day Tours
HERE is a link to Prime Tours that offer guided tours around Iceland.
HERE is a link to Reykjavik Excursions that offer bus tours.
HERE is a link to the Helicopter Service of Iceland that does helicopter tours around Iceland, a premium experiance.
HERE is a link to a whale watching tour company that sails from Reykjavik.
There are multiple activities available, such as:
- Snow mobile tours
- Quad bike tours
- Superjeep tours
And many more, feel free to reach out if you want info or recommendations on anything else.
What to see in Iceland
Here is a list of some of the attractions that are fun to see, Ill add some info about each one later on.
- Þingvellir (close to reykjavik)
- Gullfoss (part of the Golden Circle)
- Geysir (part of the Golden Circle)
- Vestmannaeyjar (Day tour)
- Dyrhólaey (Day Tour, East Iceland)