Let’s explore Iceland, the land of ice and fire.
Iceland is becoming a popular tourist destination. Located in the Northwestern part of Europe and sits in the north of the Atlantic Ocean. This country will surely make you awestruck when you see the volcanic landscape, countless waterfalls, glacier, wildlife and the colourful Reykjavik. Here is my Travel Guide to Iceland!
My husband and I went to Iceland for my birthday. We are hoping to go back again in Iceland to do the Ring road trip.
Reykjavik (View from the top of Hallgrímskirkja)
Reykjavik Parliament House
The Presidential Residence
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Hallgrimskirkja.
The Sun Voyager
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in The Sun Voyager.
The Northern Lights
Thingvellir National Park
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Gullfoss Waterfall.
Check out some of the cool and cheap tours you could do in Seljalandsfoss.
Visa Requirements for Tourism purposes only:
For US passport holders, there is no visa required. You are entitled to have a 90 days entry to Iceland for tourism purposes only.
I exchanged our Sterling Pounds to Icelandic Krona in Keflavik airport before we caught our transfer. The majority of the establishments accepts major debit and credit cards.
Gear up for an adventure! There are loads of outdoor activities in Iceland. The best option is to gear up with your hiking boots and waterproof or winter jackets. The weather in Iceland is erratic, so ensure that you are wearing layers. Visit the Blue Lagoon Iceland when you arrive in Keflavik airport. Blue Lagoon is not far from the airport, so make the Blue Lagoon your first stop if possible. Check more Blue Lagoon Iceland details here.
Doing a self-drive trip in Iceland is an ideal way of seeing Iceland. During winter time, some roads are closed for safety reasons. The guided bus tours are also available, but always be aware of your bus timetables.
When filling up petrol in Iceland, don’t use the FILL UP option in the petrol kiosk screen. This will authorise your card for £130 (or equivalent currency) regardless the cost of your transaction. This authorization will hold your money for the next 10 days. Check more Iceland driving tips here.
Always check if you are allowed to drive in Iceland. EU and US driving licence holders are allowed to drive in Iceland. There are vehicle specifications if you wish to drive on the highlands. If you are visiting Iceland during Autumn or Winter months, you need to book your Northern lights tour on the first few days because if the lights fail to show up, the tour company will give you another free tour on the following night. Check more Northern Lights tour details here.
The point of origin of this itinerary is in Bristol, UK. If you are flying from Manila, Philippines there is no direct flight to Iceland. There are different connecting flights from Manila to most of the major European cities like Copenhagen, Oslo, Amsterdam, UK (Bristol, Manchester or London) or Paris and get another flight to Keflavik.
BRISTOL – REYKJAVIK
Departure time in Bristol 6:30 am Arrival in Keflavik – 8:30 am
Our airport transfer to Blue Lagoon: 9:00 am with Bus Travel Iceland
10:00H – Visit Blue Lagoon Iceland. — More information about our visit to Blue Lagoon Iceland here.
14:00H – Bus transfers from Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik
15:00H – Arrival in Reykjavik, Check- in Bus Hostel Reykjavik
Free evening. There is free use of bicycle if you wish to go to the Reykjavik town centre.
10:00H – Bike tour around Reykjavik courtesy of Reykjavik Bike Tour (with Tour guide). This highlights all the famous and historical attractions in Reykjavik. The tour is about 2 hours long.
Free afternoon. You can roam around the high streets of the Reykjavik and visit the bell tower of Hallgrímskirkja. Visit the Guide to Iceland office for a briefing for our self-drive tour around Iceland.
22:00H – Pick up for our Northern Lights tour on the sea with Tinggly.com. For more details about our awesome Northern Lights tour in Reykjavik, click this link. The tour will finish around midnight to 1 am.
8:00H – car drop – off. Safety briefing and instructions about driving in Iceland.
8:30H – The start of our self- drive trip around the Golden Circle Route. For more details about our Golden Circle trip, please click this link. Alternatively, you can also join the bus tour to explore the Golden Circle. Here are the sample tours that you can try from Guide to Iceland.
On our Golden Circle trip, we also did the Silfra Snorkelling experience in Thingvellir National Park. This is a once in a lifetime experience to be in between the 2 continental plates (American & Eurasian plates). For more information about the Snorkelling in Silfra, please click this link.
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16:00H – Back in Reykjavik. Free evening.
8:00H – The start of our day to explore the South Iceland.
We have arranged a Glacier walk tour with Guide to Iceland in Sólheimajökull Glacier. On your way to the glacier meeting point, you will pass by 2 popular waterfalls the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.
After our Glacier Hike, we went to visit Vik as well for a quick dinner and check out the Reynisfjara, volcanic black beach and the beautiful landscape.
20:00H – Back in Reykjavik. Preparing for an early flight back to Bristol, UK.
6:00H -Back on the road again. Head towards Keflavik airport for an early morning flight back to the UK.
Date/s of your Travel: 13th -17th September 2015
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About the Writer
Ryazan Tristram is named after a Russian city near Moscow. The Miss Zan-shine of Everything Zany – A Photography, Lifestyle and Dual Citizen Travel Blog. She likes to travel, history, meet people & try exotic foods! Planning to explore more countries with her D.I.Y trips as a Dual Citizen (British – Filipina). Follow her travels on Facebook and Instagram.
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