Iceland, the land of fire and ice. It sounds magical and scary at the same time. This magical island-country is known for glaciers, volcanos, and geysers. However, there is so much more to this fantastic island.
Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is the first stop for most travelers. It offers a great selection of hotels, restaurants, and shops. This colorful city is very walking friendly. Laugavegur street has most of the gift shops, galleries, and upscale restaurants. Reykjavik is not a cheap place, but there are hidden and less expensive places to be discovered.
1. Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Is it possible for a beach to look unspoiled even thru there are hundreds of tourist on it? On Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, it is possible. Sand is coarse, and waves are powerful and view and amazing. A great place to see puffins too!
2. Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon is a must see in Iceland! It is very touristy lately but still worth seeing. Another place in Iceland that will cost you $$$ but a must see! Once you go thru high-end check-in and locker system, you will have to shower before entering the pool area. Once you relax in warm, light blue water, you will forget about the price and confusing futuristic lockers. To make it even more relaxing get an Icelandic beer and paint your face with a healing mud mask.
3. Gullfoss waterfall
Gullfoss waterfall is not just one waterfall but two of them! It is vast, misty and impressive. Wear hiking or gym shoes; it is very slippery around the whole area.
4. Þingvellir National Park
In Þingvellir National Park you can walk between two continents here. How cool is that! First Icelandic parliament was founded here in 930. Þingvellir translates directly to “the fields of parliament.”
5. Laugavegur street in Reykjavik
Laugavegur street in Reykjavik is the main walking street in the capital city. It is full of shops, galleries, and restaurants. There are shops with souvenirs, t-shirts and also high-end jewelry stores. Restaurant choices are overwhelming. There are traditional Icelandic restaurants next to a Chinese place.
Hallgrímskirkja is an iconic church in Reykjavik that has the best views of the city. Once you get thru a long line waiting for an elevator ( just one lift), you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the city.
7. Bónus grocery store
Bónus grocery store is where locals and budget-conscious tourists shop. Everything is costly in Reykjavik. Bónus store is the cheapest option for food. Their lovely pig logo welcomes everyone and doesn’t disappoint with options and prices. Get their shopping bag as a souvenir.