Day 1: Exploring Reykjavik
The Reykjavik international airport and Reykjavik city are 40 minutes apart. I can’t really complain though because the drive is beautiful! Once we got in to Reykjavik we walked along the harbor path and stopped to eat fish and chips. Reykjavik is full of adorable Nordic architecture and hipster cafes. We also explored Hallgrimskirkja church on Monday.
Day 2: The Blue Lagoon
We loved walking along the harbor so much the day before, we did again on Tuesday morning. After eating some delicious breakfast we happened to stumble across a Christmas store, which I could not resist! We then headed back to our hotel and packed our bags for the Blue Lagoon.
Once we arrived at the Blue Lagoon we ate at the Moss Restaurant and checked into the spa. A staff member showed us to the most luxurious dressing room I’ve ever seen. This is where John proposed! One question I keep getting is “Was it a surprise?” The answer is, yes! I always imagined that the proposal would begin with the “You’re the love of my life, the best thing that has ever happened to me…” speech. We were just talking about how lucky we are to travel, then suddenly he got down on one knee and popped the question. Thankfully it was in private because if it was in public I would have passed out!
I absolutely LOVED the Blue Lagoon and highly recommend it. It was the most unique and beautiful spa I’ve been to.
Day 3: Sightseeing
We woke up bright and early on Wednesday morning to do some sightseeing. First stop-Seljalandsfoss. Seljalandsfoss is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland, and for good reason. You can actually walk behind the waterfall which gives you a unique perspective. If you walk a few minutes down the path it takes you to another (even better) waterfall. I loved this one because it wasn’t crowded and you had to walk through a steam and into a crevasse to view the waterfall.
The next stop was Vik beach. Vik beach is a black sand beach with basalt columns making it one of the most unique beaches in the world. There have been a few Game of Thrones scenes filmed on this beach.
After we left Vik beach we started to head back to Reykjavik and stopped at Skógafoss. Skógafoss was my fiancé’s favorite waterfall. If you brave the stairs up to the top of the waterfalls, the views are spectacular! We loved walking along the path that follows the river and the first few drops.
Day 5: Snorkeling in Silfra
On Thursday we headed to Thingviller National Park. Thingviller is a UNESCO site for two reasons.
- It’s geological uniqueness. You can walk between two continents there.
- This is where the parliamentary assemblies were first held in Iceland.
Snorkeling in Thingvellir was a wild experience. This is one of the only places you can snorkel in a fissure. It is also one of the clearest places to snorkel because you are actually swimming through glacier water. The water is so clear the visibility is more determined by your eyesight. The water is 34 degrees Fahrenheit but they put you in a dry suit. I stayed warm for about the first 20 minutes.
Day 6: Hanging Out in Reykjavik and Departing
We had big plans to go whale watching on Friday morning but completely failed. Honestly, we were so exhausted by this point. We went out for one more walk through Reykjavik and grabbed some lunch. After that we packed up our luggage and headed for the airport.
Iceland was probably the most beautiful place I’ve been to. I can’t recommend traveling there enough.