My husband and I got married inNovember and did a delayed honeymoon to Iceland in March 2017. It gave us time to settle down from the wedding, get through the holidays and save some extra money before leaving on our trip. It also gave me time to hop on Pinterest and create a fool proof itinerary inclusive of everything we wanted to do while we were abroad. This being my husbands first time traveling over seas sans deployment, I wanted to make sure it was special and full of beautiful sights!
Traveling to Iceland
Since I decided to go against the standard guided tour and to coordinate our own so we can manage how much time we wanted to stay at each destination, we needed to rent a car. Now, we went in the dead of winter(I know, what were we thinking) and got a great value on a little Fiat 500 with snow tires from Green Motion. They were great, shuttled us from the airport to the car rental location (about 2.5M away in Keflavik) and we were in and on our way in under 30 minutes. I cannot stress enough the importance of getting vehicle insurance when you’re in Iceland, their roads are not as “smooth” as ours and consist of loose asphalt; the car companies completely take advantage of this and charge for legit everything so save yourself the stress and pay the extra $$ for full coverage!
Places to Stay and Things to Do in Iceland
We stayed at the Grand Hotel Reykjavik
which is about 1.2M from downtown Reykjavik. When you walk into the lobby, you definitely get the feel that it is a luxurious hotel with a beautiful bar, stand alone fireplaces and tall mirrors throughout. It was elegant without the massive price tag; we paid an extremely competitive rate of $149 per night. Our room was simple with hardwood floors, lots of storage for hanging, etc. It was a standard room which didn’t bother us because all we wanted to do was explore!
The Golden Circle Tour
So I took it upon myself to plan our tour on my own based on the recommendations from Pinterest and friends! If you want a hack to plan your drive easily, click here (https://guidetoiceland.is/travel-iceland/drive/).
Here’s our journey:
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal and silica soaked oasis.It has become quite infamous over the past few years and even bringing the likes of the Kardashians there for an absolutely luxurious soak and social.Since it was our honeymoon, we decided to do the Premium pass so we could get some added ahh for the day.
The dude is in Iceland and I was LOVING it. Let me just say, they had an entire two page menu of different variations of WhiteRussians.
Places to Eat
Eating in Iceland is honestly where we broke the bank! We spent easily $150-$200USD everyday just on food! Here is a few of the most memorable places we ate (aside from the Tomato soup listed above)
Icelandic Hotdog Stand
(however, I have read it has relocated from the downtown area after 80 years which bums me out! http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-40751689)
I had the lamb and my husband had the white fish of the day. Both were absolutely delicious and I would suggest this restaurant to anyone who is going to visit Iceland.
This is going to sound crazy but D&D in Iceland was our savior! It was the only place we found that gave a coffee larger than8oz, between the daily drives and the jet lag we needed our American 24 oz of coffee. BONUS: Their donuts taste better than ours!
Bars We Went To:
- The American Bar
- Dubliner Reykjavik
- Grand Reykjavik Hotel Bar
Our favorite beer takeaway from the trip? Boli! They do not sell it here in the states so definitely give it a taste!