Discovering Iceland

Visiting Iceland was definitely one of the best decisions of my life! I initially thought this place was going to be extremely boring, but I am so happy I was dead wrong.
- Nov 2020 -

DURATION:

10 DAYS

TYPE:

FRIENDS HOLIDAY

MAIN ACTIVITY:

EXPLORATION

BUDGET:

$2,000

Keflavík International Airport

Keflavík International Airport

I landed at Keflavík International Airport, which is based in Reykjanes peninsula. I then rented a car from there.


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Blue Lagoon

Almost every single one of my friends that has been to Iceland before recommended me the thermal waters at the Blue Lagoon. It takes about 20 minutes to drive from the airport which is not bad at all. And after a tiresome flight, this was the perfect stop for the day!


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Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

The magic of this place seems unearthly. You will basically see a combination of black sand beaches, waterfalls, volcanoes, lava fields, and some of the most dramatic coastal cliffs in Iceland all together in one place! Gets quite windy so make sure you are prepared for it.

And this is my epic jump!


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The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle

The next epic destination was the Golden Circle. Fun fact about it - this is a 300 km loop that connects three of Iceland’s most popular spots: Gullfoss, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Thingvellir National Park. This picture was taken in the Thingvellir National Park. Took me about 5 hours to explore all these points.


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The Kerid Crater

The Kerid Crater

After the Golden Circle exploration, I had time for one last stop before calling the day off -  The Kerid Crater!

I've never seen a volcanic crater before in my life and this one is huge and apparently very old too! It's like 3,000 years old. Totally worth checking out.


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Gljúfrabúi Waterfall

Gljúfrabúi Waterfall

Driving away from the Golden Circle, the next thing I had to see was the hidden Gljúfrabúi waterfall. Gljúfrabúi is 40 meters high - pretty impressive! Also, not a lot of tourists know about it. It is quite close to the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

Make sure you have a proper raincoat with you!


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Skógafoss Waterfall

Skógafoss Waterfall

The second waterfall I checked in was Skógafoss. This one is around 62 meters high and you can actually walk right up to it. But again make sure you have a proper raincoat with you.

Standing so close to a powerful waterfall is such an amazing feeling, both scary and overwhelming. Also, protect your camera at all costs!

Oh, and did I mention? There are about 527 steps you need to first climb before you get to the waterfall. Pretty mental!


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Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

After visiting the waterfalls I wanted something more relaxing and less wet so I went to the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach.

Apart from its distinctive look and the actual black coloured sand, Reynisfjara can actually be very dangerous. There are apparently these so-called “sneaker waves” that have killed several people at the beach.

They are powerful rogue waves that regularly appear among the normal waves. They can “sneak up” on people and drag them out to sea, so if you're planning to go for a swim think twice before you do it!

Scary!


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Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Now, the most exciting place for me in Iceland, by far, was the Jökulsárlón Glacier experience! I've never seen live glaciers before, let alone stepping on one.

I definitely recommend taking the zodiac boat tour experience. You won't regret it! You have to experience it to understand. Words are just not enough...

They also have a kayak experience but I would definitely not wanna fall in that water... so it was a no for me.


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Reykjavík

Reykjavík

Reykjavík was my last stop before heading back home. I spent the whole day in the city because I really missed being surrounded by people.

The food here was amazing! If I were to recommend a few places they would be in order: 101 Reykjavik Street Food, Ostabudin, and Messinn. Not crazy expensive either but amazing fish and chips.


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