Spent last week in Iceland with the family for a spring break trip.
This was our itinerary:
We stayed in a different location every night, except the last 2 that were spent in the capital. Rented a car (4 wheel drive with studded tires) and drove around the island.
Went to the Blue Lagoon:
Spent time in the 2nd largest city of Akureyri:
Rode horses at a farm and happened to catch the Northern Lights (my photography skills aren't great and it wasn't the strongest aurora):
Went to the Myvatn Nature baths:
Saw the Joklusarlon Iceberg Lagoon and Diamond beach:
Saw a billion waterfalls, some of which we could get very close and even walked behind 1:
Walked between the continental plates at Thingvellir National Park:
Walked along their black sand beaches:
Saw some turf roofed churches:
Saw the main church Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik and even got a view from the top:
Absolutely beautiful country. No matter where we were, the views were amazing.
Food is off the charts expensive. They can't grow chicken food on the island, so chicken is just as expensive as steak and salmon. But it didn't seem to matter, everything was very expensive.
The weather, and driving in the weather, at the time we were there (maybe its different in the Summer) is very unpredictable. I drove in 0 visibility blizzards, massive wind gusts, ice sheets, and some very questionable "roads". Road closures are quite common.
Speaking of wind ... it is the 3rd windiest place in the world. The first 2 are uninhabited.
I wouldn't call native Icelanders the friendliest people in the world ... or any Europeans I met.
A percentage of people everywhere are tourists. From the capital to the smallest of fishing villages, there are tourists everywhere. It can make driving that much more of an adventure.
I never knew there were no clothes dryers in Europe. That went over well with the Wife.
All and all, I had a fantastic experience. There is so much more to see and do and there are parts of the island I would love to explore in-depth.
Would I go back ... maybe. The only reason I wouldn't is because the cost of food is so expensive ... but I am so glad we went.