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Anyone been Iceland? (1 Viewer)

Senor Schmutzig

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Heading to Iceland in a couple of weeks for a work trip. I have 1.5 days when I arrive to pretty much do whatever before the work stuff starts. Me and a few co-workers were planning on renting a car the morning we get in (around 9a) and doing the Golden Circle Tour and then head to Reykjavik for the night. The following day we were going to find a local hot spring/spa (not Blue Lagoon) and then maybe take a hike to Mount Asja before heading back to the city for an evening event we have to attend.

Not a lot of time, but I think that we can hit some highlights without having to go too far afield. Any can't miss things that I may be able to wedge in there?
 
A great country with awesome natural beauty and generally nice people (we encountered one drunken *******). IMO the local food is forgettable and since we had two vegetarians, we focused on Indian and Thai cuisine both of which were good but expensive. The Golden Circle drive is a must-do and we also did a walking tour of Reykjavik. My friend just came back and lamented they missed a volcano eruption by a day. That would be something to see if it's still going on.
 
I'd like to go. An old friend of mine just moved there full time - it would be fun to pay him a visit and see the sights.
 
Iceland is awesome. If you can get a guided tour to the middle of the country or do a glacier hike, I'd highly recommend it.

We went to the Blue Lagoon, and it was OK, but wasn't a high point of the trip. Maybe squeeze a hot spring in during the evening, since it stays light so late, but it won't be a high priority for me if I go back.
 
I remember food being very expensive. Fish and chips are not as expensive and are fabulous. The hot dogs, while famous, are not all that.
 
Iceland is awesome. If you can get a guided tour to the middle of the country or do a glacier hike, I'd highly recommend it.

We went to the Blue Lagoon, and it was OK, but wasn't a high point of the trip. Maybe squeeze a hot spring in during the evening, since it stays light so late, but it won't be a high priority for me if I go back.
What were the high points?
 
Big fan of Reykjavik and Iceland in general. You're going to be there during a beautiful time of year so enjoy all that daylight.

I did a similar thing and rented a car for the day to do the Golden Circle (waterfall, geysers, parks, crater). Highly recommend that over a guided bus tour where you're not in full control of the itinerary. I enjoyed pulling over at random spots for photos, kicking it with the Icelandic horses, etc. The Blue Lagoon was touristy but I enjoyed it. Not sure how it compares to other springs.

Sounds like you'll have some time to enjoy the town in between your work events. I liked just walking around exploring, meeting locals, going to cafes, bars, etc. Point being, don't overbook yourself. The hike around Mount Asja sounds optimistic but doable.
 
Iceland was awesome and seeing the northern lights was a highlight. Wish I could go in the summer bc it is like two different countries. Was only light out for about 5 hours when we were there. But we rode a snowmobile on a glacier so that was awesome.
 
We went to the Blue Lagoon, and it was OK, but wasn't a high point of the trip. Maybe squeeze a hot spring in during the evening, since it stays light so late, but it won't be a high priority for me if I go back.
What were the high points?
Outside of the Golden Circle attractions, I'll second that the walking tour of Reykjavik was very interesting. We rented a car and toured the southern coast during the summer, and our favorite parts were:
- Glacier climbing near Hof
- The Glacier Lagoon on the East side of the country, and
- a tour that we took of the inside of the island (you can't drive there because you have to cross a number of small creeks and very questionable roads).

And when you're just driving around, there are waterfalls and cool landscape everywhere.
 
Iceland was awesome and seeing the northern lights was a highlight. Wish I could go in the summer bc it is like two different countries. Was only light out for about 5 hours when we were there. But we rode a snowmobile on a glacier so that was awesome.
We went during the summer. No northern lights, but you have like 19 hours of light each day, so lots of time to see everything.
 
I remember food being very expensive. Fish and chips are not as expensive and are fabulous. The hot dogs, while famous, are not all that.
Yeah, I'm a Chicago Dog kind of guy. If it's not a Vienna dog on a poppy-seed bun with mustard, green day-glo relish, onions, tomato, sport peppers and celery salt, I'm gonna pass.
 
Find as many small hot springs as possible. Super awesome to just chill in steamy hot water in the middle of nowhere.

I went golfing at like 11 PM one night. That was pretty sick.

Make sure to get a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

As others said, food is terrible and expensive.

See as much of the country as possible. It is absolutely beautiful.
 
Wife and I went a few years ago on a guided trip around the country with a bunch of older folks, and no real hikes or anything (it was basically free through her work, so I wasn't complaining about any part of that).

I thought the food was decent, but I like fish and lamb. My wife doesn't like either, so she wasn't thrilled on that front.

As far as touristy food experiences, fermented shark wasn't great (wife couldn't, but I had to do it) and geothermal rye bread was awesome pulled right out of the ground.
Our guide at one point ran into a convenience store and came back with a bunch of dried fish and butter and said this is what he snacked on while watching a game. Used the butter like a dip or guac on the fish and passed them out - really good.

One of the best things is the water. Be sure to have a water bottle on you, because every tap (even at gas stations) has the coldest, best tasting water flowing out of it.
 
I've been four or five times.
The women of Reykjavik are terribly underserved, and if you are someone they don't recognize, you are very interesting.

Probably the best place for a guys trip in the world.
 
A tour company has my money from a postponed trip due to covid and I have to use by the end of 2023 . Picked the Aug next year to use it for Iceland as I had all ready 2 trips planned and I won a 4 night stay at 4 seasons Bora Bora , that I have to work in now
It will be my 1st time there
 
A great country with awesome natural beauty and generally nice people (we encountered one drunken *******). IMO the local food is forgettable and since we had two vegetarians, we focused on Indian and Thai cuisine both of which were good but expensive. The Golden Circle drive is a must-do and we also did a walking tour of Reykjavik. My friend just came back and lamented they missed a volcano eruption by a day. That would be something to see if it's still going on.

This is what I was talking about
 

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