Three days does not begin to cover the right amount of time to spend in this beautiful country. What you need to see in Iceland is a never-ending list. I am filled with so much gratitude that I got to enjoy the wonders this country has to offer. Here is what I managed to fit into three days. Good luck if you’re going for an equally short a time as me.
- Uridafoss: The highest volume falls in Iceland. While unassuming in terms of location- on a farm. This was the first place I visited and was well worth the stop.
- Seljalandfoss: You can walk behind this lovely waterfall. No you won’t get soaked so don’t worry if you packed light- your one jacket will survive this beauty.
- Skogafoss: All I can say about these falls is hike, hike, hike. If you’re able climb the stairs and walk along the trail it’s very peaceful.
- Solheimasandur Plane Wreck: Located a fifteen minute drive from Skogafoss this plane wreck is eerie and a must see. Just prepare yourself for a long walk there and back.
- Blue Lagoon: A must. Especially if you’ve got busy days the rest of your trip. I recommend using your free drink to pick up one of their smoothies at the lagoon bar. Bring a water bottle to fill up while you’re there from the “Icelandic Spring Fountain”. Hydration is important!
- Thingvellir: One of the national parks in Iceland. Learn about the history of the area and take in the views of the beautiful area. If it’s a clear day you’ll get to see the mountains in the distance. This one includes a hike, beautiful views, a church, rivers and a waterfall. Name a thing and Thingvellir’s got it.
- Geysir: Iconically named the Geysir is a must if only because it’s a fun one to visit. Also a quickie too. This was my last stop before heading to the airport to catch my flight home.
- Gullfoss: This gorgeous canyon waterfall is a must see. It includes a hike to get closer to the falls where you can experience the true might of these beauties.
- Kedir: A sinkhole. Nothing more, nothing less. This one also includes a hike to get right up close and personal with the sinkhole. As well as a hike up one of it’s sides to get a view from above.
- Northern Lights: A trip to Iceland and the Northern Lights go hand in hand. The season typically begins in October and ends in April. Northern Light activity is at it’s peak midseason. Head out into the countryside- or just away from any light pollution. You know the drill.
- Roadside picnic areas: Trust me these are all over different areas of Iceland where you can stop and take in the view unimpeded, and they’re never usually crowded either. Yes they will be cold but you can enjoy the beauty in silence.
- Icelandic ponies: this one goes without saying Icelandic ponies or horses are all adorable. If you feel so inclined you can go for a ride in many different places- honestly just meeting them lives up to the hype.
That’s my Iceland trip in a nutshell. I want to point out that I focussed my trip in southern Iceland. Bus tours are always a good way to see this beautiful country. Renting a car is also an option if you want more freedom. There is still so much I want to see- I mean it’s a whole country to explore. The West Fjords are lovely and Reykjavik has a lot to offer. Let me know if you’ve ever been to Iceland and your favourite spots to visit. I definitely plan on going back!