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Explore Iceland: Places To Discover!

December 16, 2016

To be honest, I never saw myself visiting Iceland. I didn’t really know what to see and expect in this small place. Since my mom’s friend wanted to explore Iceland, then I decided why not give this place a try. We might never know, there might be great sights to explore.

Lo and behold, there sure were great attractions in Iceland.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Iceland is EXPENSIVE. If you want to travel to Iceland, I suggest you MUST come from another European country. During our trip, we went to Iceland coming from London via Icelandair.
  • If you are the type of person who would love to do Do-It-Yourself, then I suggest renting a car. It’s quite easy to explore Iceland. You need to make sure you have a map with you.
  • If you are quite hesitant to explore Iceland on your own, there are a lot of tour agencies being offered in Iceland. I recommend IceLine Travel. This tour agency is owned by Kristjan and Gugga. They are a lovely couple. If you do get the chance to get this travel agency, please do send my regards!
  • My family and I stayed at Icelandair Natura, under the Icelandair Management. If you have the budget to stay in this hotel, then this is a good recommendation. If you are on a tight budget, I recommend checking out Agoda or Airbnb.
  • Among all the food I have tried in Iceland, salmon is my most favorite dish. The way they prepare their salmon is fresh and you won’t have to worry about anything.
  • In general, it is safe in Iceland. You won’t see any army roaming around Iceland.
  • It is safe to drink water coming from the faucet. When you buy water, Icelandic people will ask you again if it’s okay for you to buy water since they will remind you that it is okay to drink water from the faucet.

PLACES TO SEE

  1. The Northern Lights 

The best time to see the Northern Lights is during latter October til February or March. The weather has to be very good – 0 degrees temp, around midnight and clear skies. If you really want to take good shots of the Northern Lights, I highly suggest you bring a tripod with you.

Test shot

2. Stekkjarkot

These are small cottages of fishermen and was occupied for 30 years. These cottages actually reminds me of the stone houses in Batanes.

3. Bru Milli Heimsalfa (Bridge Between Continents)

4. Hot Springs

*One of the beaches in Iceland as a stopover

5. Blue Lagoon

6. Reykjavik City

7. Hallgrimskirkja

8. Thingvellir National Park 

Tip: Game of Thrones was shot in this place

9. Geysir

10. Gulfoss

11. Godafoss

12. Golden Hour 

13. Seljalandfoss

15. Skogafoss

“There’s always a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow”

16. Black Beach

Tip: Game of Thrones was also shot in this exact location

17. Solheimajokull Glacier

 

Iceland in a nutshell is a great country to go to. You know you can feel safe and there are a lot of sightseeing places to go to. 5 days is not enough to roam around Iceland. We were not even able to go to their museums, which should be a priority since this is where we will know the history and culture of Iceland. There are other far away places in Iceland we can visit and explore. If given the chance to go back to Iceland, I will grab that opportunity and do everything Do-It-Yourself.