The land of fire and ice, black volcanic rock contrasts with glittering glaciers, and steaming geysers explode into sub-zero air temperatures.
It’s the perfect destination for any nature lover and adventurer.
Roads are easy to navigate, hire a car and explore the country. 5 nights is not enough if you’d like to include a trip to an active volcano or drive out to Black Diamond Beach.
The best months to view the Aurora Borealis are September, October, February and March. For landscape, June, July and August when its 24hr sun.
We visited in October, the temperature was around 7 °C – 10°C, with a few rainy days.
The Scandic style is simple, you need a good coat, layer up with thermals and take in nature’s splendour.
Where to stay
- Reykjavik’s first five star hotel opened in October 2021, The Reykjavik EDITION by Marriott Bonvoy
- Tower Suites Reykjavik- luxury suites with great views
- 101 Hotel – design hotel situated near the harbour
- Hotel Borg-classic hotel centrally located, in Reykjavik centre.
Things to see…
- Northern Lights Adventure- book your Aurora hunt the first night you arrive, most guides offer a second trip if you’re unsuccessful on the first try. According to Aurora experts, the best months to view the lights are, September, October, November, February. You need clear skies to see the lights.
- The Golden Circle- consists of three equally stunning locations in southwest Iceland: Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, the Geyser Geothemal Area
- Friðheimar- located on the Golden Circle, Friðheimar is Iceland’s most unique tomato farm, offering lunch right in the greenhouse. The vanilla and tomato ice cream was surprisingly delicious.
- Explore the South Shore- the picturesque waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the black beach and columnar basalt of Reynisfjara, Sólheimajökull glacier.
- Blue Lagoon- this needs a post on its own, to follow
Where to eat…
- Fiskmarkaðurinn- Japanese inspired seafood restaurant.
- Sumac Grill- inspired by the nostalgic atmosphere of the city of Beirut, Sumac is a place where locals and visitors can enjoy delicious Middle Eastern Cuisine
- Kopar- seafood restaurant, located near the old harbour
- Sandholt Reykjavik- this is the best bakery in Reykjavik, great for pastries, breakfast, light lunch and coffee
- Brauð & Co- I highly recommend a stop here for their infamous and incredible Cinnamon roll.
- Omnom Chocolate Ice Cream Shop- the only bean to bar chocolate maker in Iceland. Try the creative ice cream sundaes.