Iceland – Rent a car and see the sights!

Lately a few of my friends have asked me for recommendations on things to do in Iceland. Thought it would be great to post a list of suggested activities for all to see…

Rent a car and go to these places (be sure to bring those CD’s you  bought at 12 Tonar):

  1. Blue Lagoon. Would recommend dropping by there right when you arrive – it’s 20 mins from the airport.
  2. Golden Circle –  Golden circle includes: Þingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimetres per year, Gullfoss waterfall, and hot spring Strokkur shoot a column of water up to 30 metres (98 ft.) into the air every 4-8 minutes. This can be done in a day trip from Reykjavik.
  3. Skaftafell National Park. Take a guided glacier hike or ice climb at Skaftafell National Park. On the way, stop in Vik, check out Selandjafoss  waterfall  and Dyrholaey Rock Arch.Seljalandsfoss
  4. Landmannalaugar to hike the classic Laugavegur Trail. This place is so awesome it deserves it’s own post. I’ll get on that.Landmannalaugar Hut

For more information:
– Check out the latest edition of the Lonely Planet Iceland – Published may 2013.

– Check out the adventure tours by Arctic Adventures. We booked through them and can highly recommend it.

– A note on traveling in Iceland. Book your accommodation first (June-Aug is high season and it can be hard to find accom). Then rent a car and leave your days free to explore the beautiful spots. I totally over-planned our Iceland vacation and regret it, I should have left more time free to explore.

For more ideas:
In addition, here’s a link to my top 20 photos from Iceland:

And here’s a video I made from Iceland:

Here’s IcelandAir’s Video of Iceland:

A note regarding iphones:
If you have an iPhone – buy the ProHDR app. I think it’s $2, it helps you take amazing landscape photos. All my photos were taken with an iPhone in Iceland.

Happy Travels!

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