You may be wondering if Iceland can be seen in 7 days. Truth to be told, you could spend a week just in the South-West area. Driving all around the country is also feasible. If you haven’t done so already, check out my post which gives tips on travelling to Iceland http://onemoreday.blog/?p=165.
The first day my friend and I travelled in the morning from different airports and we met at Keflavík airport (KEF) to pick up the rental car. I would suggest that you pay for full insurance, as the chance of your car being damaged by rocks (or sheep?) is quite high. All rental companies are located just outside arrivals and the car park is a short walk from the terminal.
The centre of Reykjavík is 45-60 minutes away. We shared a twin room for €80 at Igdlo Guesthouse but room prices fluctuate and the general rule is to check regularly to save some money (https://www.booking.com/hotel/is/igdlo-guesthouse.en-gb.html). There is free parking and WiFi and the centre is in close proximity.
We spent the rest of the day of our arrival walking through the city. You can appreciate old and new architecture, all surrounded by the sea.
The iconic Hallgrímskirkja was designed by local architect Guðjón Samúelsson and completed in 1986. This church reaches a height of 74.5 meters, making it one of the tallest buildings in the whole country. The design of the tower resembles basalt columns which can be found in Iceland, as well as in other countries (the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland and Los Organos in the Canary Islands just to name a couple). Unfortunately it was closed when we arrived and we couldn’t visit it, but if you want to get a 360° view of the capital you can enter the tower for ISK 1000 (€8).
The city is vibrant and just lovely to walk through. There are many bars where locals and tourists can enjoy a drink and some music, but beware! A pint will cost you €8-12, so you may want to avoid alcohol during your stay to save some money.
If you are just spending your vacation in the South-West of Iceland, you’ll find plenty of day tours departing from Reykjavík. Renting a car, however, will give you more freedom and you won’t have to get back to the city every night.
Restaurants are abundant and we decided to try some typical food in the port area, instead of staying in the mere centre. We had a wonderful dinner at The Seabaron (Saegreifinn, www.saegreifinn.is/en/), famous for its lobster soup. We ordered that and shared grilled vegetables skewers and a fillet of fish and we felt full and satisfied without spending a fortune. Tap water, bread and butter and coffee are included. You pick your fish and just sit down and wait while you engage in conversation with those sat around you. The place is very…let’s say cozy! So if you like sitting down comfortably and quietly at your own table, this may not be for you.
After walking around a little bit more, we headed back to the Guesthouse to enjoy a good night sleep and get up early for a wonderful Day 2! Don’t forget to check the Facebook page keep up with updates and find out where the itinerary can take you 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/onemoreday.blog/
Do you want to save money on your next trip? Use the code luciam01 when you book via www.booking.com and you’ll receive €20/£15/$25 directly on your card after your stay 🙂