Reykjavik has always been a place that a) I've struggled to spell and b) I've wanted to go. Last May, I remember seeing a picture of the the Lego-like houses on Lonely Planet and the next thing, telling Ed I'd booked our flights. We went for 4 days over August Bank Holiday weekend and loved it. Iceland is an amazing country, that's really in the middle of nowhere. The landscape is stunning, the country's main attractions are its natural phenomenons, and Reykjavik itself is a completely whimsical place—tiny but charming. Instead of going through a blow-by-blow account of what we did, I thought I'd highlight some of the things we learnt from the trip (those being mainly the things we didn't read up on before we went...) and share some of my recommendations. Here goes...
A) Iceland is cold.
B) Don't miss Reykjavik's surroundings.
c) Iceland is EXPENSIVE.
D) Iceland runs on seafood!
Half of our trip was spent in naturally warm water. The Blue Lagoon was, though touristy, amazing. Spending 2 hours in a giant natural bath with a glass of Prosecco in your hand, then a full body in-water massage is heaven, I tell you. On our Golden Circle day trip, we also stopped at Laugarvatn Fontana, another natural hot spring. Far less blue (in fact not blue at all), it's a smaller version with multiple pools of differing temperature. If you don't like crowds, this is a better option. It also does a great lunch buffet, full of local dishes. The Skyr and coconut pudding was prime!