Magical, beautiful, with views that are other worldly. Iceland is worth a few trips in your lifetime for sure, so don’t feel bad that you won’t see everything and give yourself an excuse to come back a few times. We visited in January 2018, it was alarmingly mild considering what the climate should be. We layered up with cheap clothes from Decathlon, total spend £100 and we were fine.

To summarise my tips: take the time to prepare; routes, weather warnings, back-up dry clothes, packed lunch—they all come in handy to keeping you happy and safe.

We mostly eat at veggie friendly or exclusively vegetarian restaurants so can’t speak for carnivore options. If you’re reading this, you probably already know that there is a booming tourist industry, so you’ll find way more reviews, in depth blogs and tips than what we covered in a few days. For now, here are a few tips, things to do, eat and see.

Essential Tips

Reykjavik Places to go

Living Art Museum is a not-for-profit, artist-run museum and exhibition platform for innovative and experimental contemporary art. We didn’t visit the restaurant here but it looked tidy.

Harpa is a concert hall in Reykjavik, really beautiful architecture outside and in

Hallgrimskirkja amazing church inspired by Icelandic traditions, this modern cathedral, consecrated in 1986, has a 73m-high tower

Epal retailer that sells local ceramics, pictures and gifts

Árbær Open Air Museum relocated old houses, a farm & other displays tracing the history, culture & folklore of Reykjavik. Go if you like history stuff, not for everyone.

Reykjavik Food & Drink

The Coocoo’s Nest solid cafe food at a good price. This retail area/street has more of the same value/quality place to try.

Flatey is next door to Coocoo, good pizza, lots of locals in the evening.

Apotek we booked to have some cocktails one night to treat ourselves. Food looked good too

Brauð & Co amazing bakery, stock up with locals. This part of town has more of the locals places

Golden Circle Nature

Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks situated under the mountain Reynisfjall near the village Vík í Mýrdal, southern Iceland which is framed by a black sand beach that was ranked in 1991 as one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world:

Haukadalur is a geo thermal valley with a popular “great geysir” it can be slippery on foot, you don’t need spikes though

Gullfoss Falls are a popular waterfall with amazing views. Semi decent shop and cafe, expensive AF.

Kerid Crater it’s a big crater. Pretty cool.

Skógafoss Waterfall  massive waterfall, worth the climb to the top

Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, Breiðamerkursandur  all located at the same site, watch bright blue blocks of ice (diamonds) wonder out to sea, keep your eyes peeled for sea lions.

Bonus List

My mate Thomas works for 66°NORTH and I asked him for recommendations as he’s there on business occasionally. He suggested; Yuzu Burger, Sandholt and had some nice drinks at Port 9.