Only pertaining to Golden Circle to Vik areas.
Trip timing: 1 week (this was plenty of time), you need basically only one day in Reykjavik.
Travel: Need a car (there is no other way)
Timing: If going in October as I did, there are only about 6-7 hours of daylight which makes it difficult and confusing to see landmarks. Sun usually goes from 10AM to 4-5PM.
Aurora Borealis: Don’t go in expecting to see it. We did not, other than a slight glimpse on the airplane in. Most of the time it was either raining and cloudy and therefore unviewable.
Blue Lagoon was an amazing experience though it was pretty crowded. Alcohol at 10am and hanging out in a giant heated pool is the way to go. Obviously great instagram pictures and a little bit on the basic side but who cares it’s fun.
Phallic museum was pretty funny but honestly not sure if it’s really worth the money to see. It’s literally one big room and maybe 4 small rooms of dicks.
Hallgrimskirkja is the giant church thing. Definitely a cool sight to see but also pretty anticlimactic.
Reykjavik Roasters: It’s dark at 10am so it felt a bit weird coming to a cafe but it was a ‘cute’ little spot. Prices are high but it’s iceland, what can you do. Anyways it was just a normal coffee shop to me and it was raining and I was miserably tired so maybe that also played into it.
Prikid: breakfast place in the middle of the ‘downtown Reyk’ area. Again, it’s expensive for a breakfast (like $15-$20) but everything in Iceland is pricey. It’s a good spot for a nice breakfast though, cozy.
Harpa Concert Hall was a cool thing to see, and right on the water (of course it is, it’s an island). Was quite the sight to see, especially at 6AM.
Grillmarkadurinn: Expensive dinner restaurant & grill. I went here to watch the chefs work and get some puffin/whale. It was very expensive (nearly $100) but it was more for the experience of things I guess.
Fish Company Fiskfelagid – One of the better meals had during the Iceland trip. Not even as highly priced as the Puffin place so I would recommend going here if looking for a nice fish meal.
Icelandic Fish & Chips – So I made the mistake of ordering something other than the fried fish and that was strange. It was still good but the menu was a little bit confusing. There is a cool geological store next door though.
Day trip from Reykjavik to Snaefellsjokull National Park. Definitely a doable trip and most of the loop has the things right next to the road. Early morning first stop was to Geirabakari Kaffihus to get some delicious pastries. Highly recommend making this stop! Starting the loop will be the Eldborg Crater. Wasn’t necessary to stop there so we didn’t. Same happened with the Gerduberg Cliffs. Vatnaleid, Berserkjahraun , Kolgrafarfjordur sights, and Kirkjufellsfoss are all beautiful things to see at the beginning of the loop. Followed by lots of mountains and horses until you get to the tip of the loop. Skadsvik Beach, Vatnshellir Caves, & Fjourhusid cafe are some nice things to see and of course anywhere here you can just stop off and explore the beautiful parts of Iceland. From there, it’s basically more of the same scenery as the drive in. Altogether it takes about 8-10 hours or more.
The Golden Circle Loop: Pingvellir National Park, Stokkur geyser, Gulfoss were all cool sights, though after a while the geysers and waterfalls become a bit repetitive.
Kerid is a giant crater with beautiful colors to it. I enjoyed it but it was a quick in and out.
Urridafoss was another big waterfall but again, at a certain point it’s just another waterfall.
The drive from Reykjavik to Vik: Unfortunately we went in the middle of a severe storm, making the drive hectic and dangerous as the winds smashed into our car and torrential rain poured down. Quite the adventure. But on the way are more big beautiful landmarks. Seljalandsfoss is the a good first stop, If you have time, stop into Seljavallalaug Sundlaug and hike into this outdoor swimming pool. The next big falls are Skogafoss where you can basically walk right up to it and get some great pics. Solheimasandur Plane Wreck was a good way to differentiate between the falls and it’s quite a beautiful sight to see. It’s a bit of a hike in but it’s all flat hike so just do it. Finally in Vik is the Renisfjara Beach. Beautiful black sands and incredible columns next to giant caves make for sexy pictures.
Would love to go again for summer time.