The recent heatwave has us sweating ... but when planning your next vacation, how about a place that offers a cool refresh? Maybe Iceland? Iceland has always been on our bucket list - so we looked up how we could make our first time just perfect. I mean going to an all-inclusive seems pretty straightforward - sun, pool and beach. However, let's try something completely different, sun, ice and sweaters?
We found a great 10 Day Iceland Itinerary for First Time Visitors.
Flying into Iceland is pretty easy. You will land at the International airport and it is a decent drive to the main city of Reyjavik. However, before heading into the hustle and bustle, we found that stopping at the Blue Lagoon on the way is a must! You can save some time and it is a great way to relax after your flight and it is the perfect activity for jet lagged travellers. Remember you want to rent a car from the airport, it's the best way to get around during your stay.
Day 2 and 3
visiting the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a must. It is an over 3 hour drive but you will be greeted by black sand beaches, waterfalls, volcanoes and the cutest remote lighthouses. In addition the expansive coastal cliffs are breathtaking.
Spend the next two days touring the area and taking in all the scenery.
The Golden Circle! This is where you will spend the day visiting some of Iceland's most popular spots. Gullfoss, the Geysir Geothermal Area and the Thingvellir National Park.
During the day you can also visit the Kerid Crater which is a 3,000 year old volcanic crater filled with water and there is the Secret Lagoon, which is a hot spring that has become very popular - so the word secret is well... not so relevant.
If you are a hiker, a highlight of your trip will be the Landmannalaugar area. It is famous for its colourful mountains and unique hiking trails.
Also, easy and must do detours to add along the way include the Haifoss waterfalls.
Driving along the south coast is where you will see Iceland's most famous and well-known sights. This includes the Seljalandsfoss, Gljufrabui, Skogafoss, the Dyrholaey Lighthouse and Arch and the Reynisfjara black sand beach
Day 7 and 8
It's all about the Glaciers. Glacier hiking is an incredible experience. There a lot of options here - from shorter 3 hour walks to all day hikes where you would need to do some ice climbing. A walk on the Vatnajokull is an epic experience as it is the largest glacier in Europe.
After, you can also add a hike to Svartifoss, which is a beautiful waterfall that features black volcanic columns. A sight to be seen.
Next after a short drive, you can experience the glacier lagoon - Jokulsarlon is a beautiful place and you can even do a kayak or zodiac boat tour of the lagoon.
Not far from there, you can visit the Diamond Beach. Named diamond for the diamond like clear ice chunks that wash up on shore.
Right back to where you started - so to speak. Spend the day exploring Reykjavik. It is more metropolitan than the spaces you have been.
Here you can visit the Hallsgrimkirkja Church, the concert hall, do some shopping and visit local museum.
There are a lot of interesting foods to try and local favourite eateries. It does get expensive, but worth it to visit a couple hot spots.
We recommend spending the night here before the flight home in the morning.
Hope this helps plan your next adventure. It doesn't always have to be about the heat and sun - there are a lot "cooler" places to visit that you will love.
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