These are SJ’s tips from her trip to Iceland. SJ traveled all over Iceland. Her stops included Reykjavik for 1 day, Borgarnes for a half day, Sauðárkrókur for 1 day, Snaefellsjokull National Park for 1.5 days, Hellissandur for 1 night, Blonduos for 1 night, the Ring Road for 1 day, Landmannalaugar for 1 day and Vik for 1 day. SJ visited the country looking for the outdoors, activities, adventure and a fair share of waterfalls and geysers 🙂 SJ’s partner and brother came on the trip and it was everyone’s first time in Iceland.

Any hotels, restaurants or activities especially awesome?

We rented camping gear so we really had a lot of freedom / less stress. We stayed a couple nights in Airbnb’s or hostels and we especially enjoyed the last hostel we stayed at in Vik, the Vik HI Hostel.

We also LOVED the first place we camped at Grettislaug Campground – it was unbelievable and surreal to see the sunset and sunrise there.

We also had a magical time in Landmannalaugar camping where we went in a free flowing river that had hot spring pockets. It was amazing!

Also, there really is no better way to see the Northern Lights then if you go camping. We saw them several nights!

Dislikes/things you would have done differently? 

It was expensive in general and because we were in a lot of rural areas and small towns there didn’t seem to be a lot of cultural events or ways to interact with the locals/get more of a sense of the culture. I ran into more tourists at the Golden Circle than I saw of Icelanders the entire trip. Also because we were camping, it is important to note how unpredictable the weather is. We got caught in a windstorm and our tent was blown over at 2AM. Also, it really did rain at least for part of every single day we were there.

If you had one more day? 

We would have done the full ring road, all the way around Iceland.