Iceland still holds my fondest travel memories to date. It was a beautiful winter wonderland full of adventure, delicious food, and beer. I loved every second of it and I highly recommend that you visit there yourself no matter what time of year. I have picked my favorite things to do and put them below. With so many epic things to do how can you go wrong?
Iceland had so many new delicious foods to try I didn’t have time for all of it. We did try a few new things including whale ( I know it’s controversial) and even puffin. They had quite a selection of food from Korean to American so you can’t go wrong. If you’re looking for a good place to eat, the Kex Hostel was absolutely amazing. They had delicious hamburgers and amazing appetizers, if you go you must try the bacon wrapped dates and for me try the reindeer bites. They were completely out of reindeer bites when we were there and I’m still upset about it!!
Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
In 2004 former President Bill Clinton visited one little hot dog stand and it has been a popular staple in Reykjavik ever since. Make sure you try a lamb dog the way they come which is perfect after a long night of drinking.
Go on a road trip
Our time was short on the road and I wish we had made more time for exploring. What time we did have we were able to see so much beautiful landscape it left me longing for more:
The Gullfoss waterfall is definitely a must see. I insist you make time for this. It was oh so cold, with a strong wind blowing icy water and snow in our faces. Despite the cold, we stayed just to be in awe of the beauty surrounding us. If you find yourself there in the summer make sure and send me a pic 🙂
Geyser Hot Springs
Ok so my opinion on this might be less favorable however as cool as I thought the geysers were…don’t go out of your way to see them. It is definitely a fun sight to see but it’s not as crazy beautiful as the other sights we could have made our way towards instead.
Go on a Hike
Since our road trip was only a day long, we did not get to go on a hike. A few friends in our group opted to go the next day while we went snorkeling and I was insanely jealous. They not only saw a beautiful waterfall but also got to climb around the edges of the fall, their pictures were breathtaking!
Hallgrimskirkja’s City view
One of my favorite things to do when visiting a new city is to get a sky view. Luckily there is a perfect viewpoint from the Hallgrimskirkja Lutheran Church. The Church is beautiful and for a few dollars, you can take an elevator to the top of the Church which allows you to see all of Reykjavik. It’s a must do in my opinion.
Walk around the City
Reykjavik is a smaller city with a funky vibe. Make time to stroll through the city and see all the graffiti artwork on the buildings. They had a few fun bookshops and tons of breakfast cafes. My favorite place was a fun little cafe tucked away called Grai Kotturin. Make sure and Order the cafe au lait, you won’t regret it.
Play in the snow
If you don’t have at least one snowball fight and make one snow angel I am going to be sorely disappointed in you! Release your inner child and relish in the winter wonderland surrounding you. My favorite memory is our group running out to the shore and playing in the snow. It was innocent and magical. Don’t deny yourself this simple pleasure.
The Icelandic Phallological Museum aka The Penis Museum
My friend Jen has a knack for finding the goofiest things for us to do. This time she managed to find a national museum for penises. It is fairly small but you will find tons of different penises preserved for you to see. Watch out for the Olympic team who had their you know whats preserved in gold.
Dog sledding in Iceland was such a pure and beautiful moment I will be sure to hold it in my heart for years. The dogs live to pull and love to sled so watching them is pure bliss. If you are lucky you might just get a show from mother nature. Read here for more of my Dog Sledding Adventure.
The Kex hostel where we lodged was right by the waterfront so were able to check out the mountains and beautiful waterfront daily. Something about the icy air and still snowy mountains was so peaceful.
Have you been to Iceland? What was your favorite activity?