Vegan Guide: Getaway to Reykjavik and Southern Iceland

Vegan Guide: Getaway to Reykjavik and Southern Iceland
 

In the past decade, Iceland has exploded on the tourism scene, with tons of my Facebook friends posting stunning pictures of their adventures in the Land of Fire and Ice. When WOW Air, a budget airline based in Iceland, launched in my hometown of St. Louis, boasting $99 airfare one-way to Reykjavik, I couldn’t help but snagging tickets for my husband, Justin and I, for a quick four-day weekend.

While I was beyond excited to frolic through the otherworldly gorgeous landscapes, I was mildly concerned that a land known for its lamb stew, fermented shark, and even the occasional puffin dish may not be the friendliest for vegan travelers. I am usually pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to find awesome vegan eats on our travels, but I was beyond blown away by our culinary experiences not only in Reykjavik, but also in the relatively remote towns of Southern Iceland.

All in all, I fell in love with Iceland, with its hunky Viking-esque citizens; its endless displays of waterfalls and craggy cliffs; and landscapes designed for outdoor adventures. While four days is nowhere near enough time to fully explore the island, we were able to squeeze in a fair amount of incredible experiences within a short period. Here’s how my husband and I spent our four day getaway exploring Iceland.


Day 1

11:30- Arrive at Keflavik International Airport

You’ll likely arrive at Keflavik Airport, located about forty minutes away from Reykjavik. As international airports go, Keflavik is pretty small and relatively easy to navigate.You’ll likely want to make a few stops in the airport, though.

Stop #1- Pick up beer from the duty-free store. Alcohol is crazy, crazy expensive in Iceland (it was only legalized in 1989!) and can’t be bought in most gas stations and grocery stores. After our first night in Reykjavik, I found out that most locals pre-game at home before going to bars because of how expensive it is (which is why the nightlife scene doesn’t really get bumping until 1 am or later). So if you want to live like a local (or you know, just have a beer cheaply), you can save about 50% by picking up beer at the duty free store instead of wasting your time hunting down one of Iceland’s elusive stores licensed by the state that can sell alcohol.

Stop #2- Dunkin Donuts (after customs)- You may be wondering why (beyond a caffeine fix) you’d want to stop at this American chain when first stepping foot into exotic and gorgeous Iceland. Well, to pick up your pocket wifi, of course! Justin pre-ordered a pocket wifi from Trawire (costing about $10/day) and, with no kiosk or dedicated store at the airport, the company has chosen Dunkin Donuts as their customer pickup location. With the amount we relied on GPS and Google while out and about in Iceland, I’m so glad we made these arrangements. Make sure to pre-order your wifi online; while there are some stores in the airport that rent similar devices, they cost about 150% more than pre-ordering.

Stop #3- Rental car- Unless you’re planning on spending your whole trip in Reykjavik (a cool and quirky, but pretty tiny city), you’re going to need a way to travel to some of Iceland’s natural landmarks, some of which are eight or more hours from Reykjavik. Booking tours is a more stress-free option, but I like the flexibility (and let’s be honest, comparative inexpensiveness) of getting a rental car. Note that the rental car facility is fairly far away from the airport, with a shuttle only about every half hour or so. We went with the cheapest option at the time, which was a company called SADcars (kind of an unfortunate name, no?). After booking and paying for our rental car, I had read some real horror stories about SADcars, but can say nothing but positive things about our experience.

Protip #1- Make sure to book your rental car with a credit card that offers rental car insurance, like the Chase Sapphire. I booked our car way in advance before I got a travel credit card and had to cough up quite a bit of extra money to get insurance for our time in Iceland.

Protip #2- Consider where you want to visit in Iceland prior to booking your rental car. A lot of places require you to have a 4x4 to access it (I’m looking at you, Laugavegur). While you can book tours to these places, that adds up quickly and pretty much eats up an entire day of your vacation, so it may just be worth it to pay a little extra for a 4x4!

13:00- Lunch- Bike Cave (Einarsnes 36101 Reykjavík; 9:00-22:00)

After getting through the airport, you’re probably pretty hungry- I know we were! We drove straight from the airport to Bike Cave, a small, quirky cafe/bike shop in southwest Reykjavik with lots of great vegan options. After a long plane ride sans food (WOW flights from St. Louis do not have any inflight meals), we were verging on hangry, so we split a hefty luxury burger with bearnaise sauce and cheese; dehli koftas (which I would describe as a falafel’s Indian cousin) with a creamy sunshine sauce and garlic roasted bread; and a big ol’ basket of curly fries. The food arrived seemingly instantaneously and was incredibly satisfying. The shop was pretty much empty when we arrived and it was a nice place to fuel up and recharge before exploring Reykjavik.

Better yet, Iceland is expensive (like CRAZY expensive) and our meal here, notwithstanding the hearty portions, was pretty reasonably priced.

14:30- Explore Downtown Reykjavik

Spend your afternoon exploring Reykjavik, the funky capital that comprises some 65% of the whole country’s entire population. One of the really great things about the city is how tiny and therefore, walkable, it all is. Almost all of the major tourist sites are within a half hour’s walk from one another, making it incredibly easy to have a chill afternoon strolling around.

There are the major sites that every tourist basically has to check off their bucket list:

  • Hallgrímskirkja-  the iconic church offering stunning views of the city and its colorful houses from its observation tower (Hallgrímstorg 101, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland; open daily 9:00-17:00. Admission to the observation tower is ~$10)

  • The Sun Voyager sculpture- One of Reykjavik's many works of public art, resembling a Viking ship but actually represents a “dreamboat”, which looks like its ready to sail off right into the Atlantic (Rekagrandi 14, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland)

  • Harpa Concert Hall- an architectural wonder, made of gleaming steel and honeycomb glass, overlooking the harbour and, in the distance, Mount Esja. With a cafe; music, book and design store; and enough architectural splendor to keep anyone mildly interested in design sufficiently enthralled, you could easily spend an hour or so wandering around this gorgeous building (Monday through Friday- 10:00-18:00; Saturday- 10:00-16:00)

  • The Old Harbour- a nice place to stroll around or pop in for a drink. Stretch your legs and take in the colorful boats set against Mount Esja in the background or stop by Iceland’s first microbrewery, Bryggjan Brugghús, for a tour and a beer flight (offered on the hour every day from 12:00 until 22:00). Be sure to stop in Valdis, an ice cream shop that always has several creamy sorbets ready to dish up (highly recommend the mango sorbet!).

If you’re looking for some things that are slightly off the beaten path, I’d recommend checking out:

  • The Icelandic Punk Museum, a tiny museum dedicated to Iceland’s surprisingly prolific rock museum, located in none other than an old underground bathroom. Jam out to some Sigur Ros with the museum’s many pulldown headphones or find your inner Johnny Rotten by trying on some hardcore punk threads. Bankastrti 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland (open daily from 10:00-22:00; ~$10)

  • Bíó Paradís, a charming movie theater that plays independent and international films, with special showings of cult classics and sing-alongs. If you’re struggling a bit with the time difference, this may be a perfect way to have a chill afternoon.

20:30- Dinner- Veganæs (Tryggvagata 22, Reykjavík, Iceland; 16:00-22:00)

After exploring Rejykavik, you’ve probably worked up an appetite. Stop by this tiny counter dishing up all vegan comfort food in a LGBT-friendly bar with some punk-rock, metal vibes called Gaukurinn. We split the “Fried Fish Ish”, a battered and deep-fried fish with garlic and dill sauce, pickled mustard seed, and lemon, with a side of garlic mashed potatoes. The texture of the fish was amazing- super flaky and tender and perfectly complemented by the pickled mustard seed. We also ordered a gooey grilled cheese stuffed with plump tomatoes, served with a side of parsley-seasoned fries. It was some of the best diner food I’ve had, made only better by the low-key, funky atmosphere. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to enjoy your tasty eats during Gaukurinn’s weekly drag show, Drag-Súgur, where the audience is encouraged to dress up according to the week’s theme. Dinner and a show? I’ll take it.

22:00- Lebowski Bar (Laugavegur 20a, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland; Sunday through Thursday- 11:00 – 01:00 / Friday through Saturday 11:00 – 04:00)

I’ve never met a theme bar I don’t like and Lebowski Bar, themed around the cult classic, is no exception. The theme is perfectly executed, from an entire bowling lane mounted on the wall, to bowling pin tap handles, to a rug that “really pulls the room together” on the dance floor. Of course, Lebowski Bar has a variety of White Russians, including an awesome soy milk-based one for my vegan brethren.

The bar is huge and while there are more calm areas to the space, it generally has a high energy, frenetic type of vibe, Justin and I spent WAY longer at this spot than I had initially anticipated, because the deejay was so, so good- every single song was one that we essentially HAD to dance to. So if you’re looking for a spot to partake in Reykjavik's infamous bumping nightlife scene, this place should be right up your alley (pun totally intended).


Day 2

10:00- Passion (Álfheimar 6, Reykjavík, Iceland 104; Monday through Friday- 7:30-17:30; Saturday- 8:00-16:00; Sunday- 9:00-16:00)

We were supposed to wake up super early and head to Jökulsárlón, the glacier lagoon, to go kayaking. Our tour unfortunately got canceled, however, due to high winds. Instead we had a bit of a lazy morning and picked up some delicious pastries at Passion, a bakery and coffee shop with several great vegan options. The shop sells pastries like vegan snúður, which are traditional Icelandic bready rolls slathered in chocolate and a cranberry croissant (so flaky, so good). Since the shop is a bit off the beaten path, the clientele seems to primarily be locals, so it was a lovely way to start the morning by indulging in latte and just simply people watching.

11:00- Drive to Reykjdalur

Since our kayaking tour got canceled, our primary plans for the day were to hike to Reykjadalur Hot Springs, a natural hot spring tucked away in the mountains. The trailhead is only about forty minutes south of Reykjavik, but it honestly took us more than two hours because we kept stopping to take pictures or simply drink in the natural beauty. Crank up that Jonsi and make sure to leave plenty of time to stop along the way to gawk at the gorgeous Icelandic horses trotting along the landscape or at one of the many viewpoints that overlook the volcanic rolling hills of vibrant green.

12:00- Olverk Pizza & Brewery (Breiðamörk 2, 810 Hveragerði, Iceland; Sunday through Thursday 11:30-22:00; Friday and Saturday 11:30-23:00)

Prefuel for your hike at this bright space, which boasts the only geothermal brewery in all of Europe! They have a couple vegan pizza options, but you must, I repeat MUST, order pizza #9, which features coconut flakes, chili, dulse (this awesome seaweed bursting with umami flavor), nutty pesto and spring onions. The crust is a wood-fired blistery work of art, but the toppings on the pizza are the real star of the show, a total cacophony of flavors and textures that will blow your mind.  This is definitely one of my favorite pizzas I’ve ever had (why don’t more pizzas have chewy seaweed on top of them?!) and a standout of our time in Iceland.

13:45- Hike to Reykjadalur Hot Springs (Reykjakoti 2 816 Olfus, Iceland)

To reach the Reykjadalur Hot Springs, you hike about two miles up and into the mountains. Before leaving the trailhead, be sure to pack a bathing suit, a towel, and of course, a celebratory beer for when you reach the zenith of your trekwhile you bathe in the geothermal waters. The trail itself is unreal- you’ll pass by a crazy gorgeous waterfall, walk through the steam of geothermal hot pots, and spot a baby version of the crazy turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon. The first half hour or so of the hike is pretty steep and a great workout (we gotta work off all that snúðurs, right?), but it eventually levels out to allow you to truly soak in your stunning surroundings.

After about an hour and a half of hiking, you’ll reach the actual hot springs, where wooden platforms and stairs have been set up to help bathers enjoy the warm waters. While there are a few wooden walls that could feasibly serve to change behind, there is no bathroom or any place for total privacy, so if modesty is important to you, I’d probably advise wearing your swimsuit underneath your hiking clothes.

While there were plenty of people in the hot springs when we got there, it’s a big enough area that everyone can spread out and find a spot for themselves. Even if someone is within eyesight, you’ll be too distracted by the stunning  scenery to notice- the hot springs are nestled in a valley between two emerald green mountains, dotted with weathered goats and fluffy sheep. Not only are your surroundings drop dead gorgeous, but the experience itself is a bit wild- while we sat in the hot springs, it started hailing; it’s quite a sensation to have 80% of your body being bathed in cozy warmth while your face is being pelted with tiny shards of ice. Land of Fire and Ice, indeed!

17:45- Drive to Hvolsvollur

The kayaking trip’s cancellation messed up our itinerary a bit and, based on where our Airbnb was located, it didn’t really make sense to drive around and do other stuff on Day 2. Instead, we had a relaxing evening in the town where our Airbnb was located, Hvolsvollur.  

Protip #1- Airbnbs and inexpensive hotels in Iceland (outside of Reykjavik) are pretty limited and cheaper accommodations book up fast (I’m talking  more than a year out), so make sure to book early! If I could go back, knowing that the kayaking tour would be cancelled, I would have probably booked accommodations further south, like in Vik, so that we could have packed more in on Day 2. At the time I booked our Airbnbs though (a year before we actually went to Iceland!), I deemed that all of the available bookings in Vik were “too expensive”; so make sure to evaluate the cost of accommodations versus the value you will get from where the accommodations are actually located.

Protip #2- Weather is pretty crazy in Iceland (e.g. it pretty much vacillated every twenty minutes between bright and sunny and gray and rainy during our time there; you have to sign a waiver that your rental car insurance doesn’t cover if your car door is blown off by the wind; etc.). Know going in that weather-dependent activities, like kayaking,  may have be cancelled or modified and keep a flexible, open-minded attitude. Usually, our trips are super jam packed, so it was honestly pretty nice to have a more relaxing evening in a quiet Icelandic town.

On this note, I cannot stress enough that you should pack a waterproof jacket and pants. After getting intermittently rained on our first evening in Iceland, we spent a good portion of our second morning hunting down affordable waterproof pants (which spoiler alert, do not exist in Reyjkavik).  Pick up some ahead of time (here are some for the ladies and some for the gentleman).

18:30- Dinner and Drinks- Midgard Base Camp (Dufþaksbraut 14 - 860 Hvolsvöllur; open from 8:00-23:00; hours vary in the winter)

During our time in Hvolsvollur, we relaxed with a beer and chatted with other travelers at this cafe and bar located in this modern, yet cozy hostel.  Two of their five dinner options are vegan or veganizable, which is beyond awesome for a tiny town in South Iceland. We ordered a sandwich of fried and marinated tofu, slathered with hummus and roasted red peppers, with a side of root vegetables. We also split the veggie burger (to veganize, just ask for it with no cheese) and a side of smashed potatoes. Both dishes were tasty, but the tofu was prepared and seasoned perfectly and I could have eaten a whole plate of the potatoes.  The service was also outstanding- we talked to our waiter the better part of an hour, with him happily sharing his recommendations of things to do and see in Iceland.

We had already booked an Airbnb elsewhere, but I wish we would have stayed here- they have a hot tub on the roof! Could there possibly be a better place to see the Northern Lights?


Day 3

9:00- Breakfast- on the road!

It is a bit challenging to find a restaurant that serves vegan breakfast in Southern Iceland. Instead, pick something up at the grocery store to munch on in the car on your way to the day’s activities. If you stop at a Bonus (Iceland’s discount grocery chain), pick up a “kramellu snúður” (a caramel snúður). Bonus has pretty weird hours, so if you stop at another chain, make sure to snag an Oatly yogurt- I’ve never had oat-based yogurt before and was completely blown away by how thick and creamy it is.  Since everything is better with caffeine, I’m super glad I also picked up an Oatly cold brew latte, which I happily sipped on as we drove to our first stop of the day.

9:30- Seljalandsfoss

Stop at one of Iceland’s biggest and most beautiful waterfalls, which you can see from miles away. The falls are breathtaking to stand in front of and climbing behind the waterfall was one of the neatest experiences of our Iceland trip. If you’re going to walk behind the falls, make sure to wear waterproof clothes and put a waterproof case on your phone- you and everything on your person will most definitely get wet. You also have to climb over some slippery rocks, so be sure to wear shoes with some traction.  

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If you keep walking along the mountain’s edge past Seljalandsfoss, there are two other waterfalls within a five minute walk- one of which, Gljúfrabúi, is hidden in a tiny canyon. If you’re brave and really dedicated to seeing the waterfall, you can wade into the narrow opening of the cliff to see the falls in all of its splendor.

While we were disappointed we didn’t get to see Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s most famous glacier lagoon, we still stopped at Solheimajokull, a glacier tongue that is part of the glacier Mýrdalsjökull. It is one of the only places in Iceland that you can drive to a glacier without having a 4x4 vehicle. I’ve never seen a glacier before, so seeing the massiveness of it starkly against the black lava sand was remarkable. While we just walked to the glacier (an easy twenty minute walk from the parking lot), there are tons and tons of glacier hiking tour options if you want to have a more up-close-and-personal experience with it.

Alternative Option- DC Plane on Sólheimasandur

One of the most photographed locations in Iceland is an abandoned, derelict DC plane that crashed on a black sand beach in Solheimsandur in 1973. While you used to be able to drive up to the twisted wreckage, property owners have recently restricted access to the land,; now, the only way to access the plane is by hiking to it approximately an hour one-way.  We weren’t sure whether we’d have time to do this, so opted to skip it, but next time we go back (and there WILL be a next time), I’d absolutely love to stop and see the plane (a photographer’s dream!).

12:30- Dyrhólaey

This viewpoint gives you sweeping panoramic views of the famous Reynisfjara beach (featured in everyone’s favorite, Game of Thrones) and its crazy basalt sea stacks, as well as a massive volcanic arch to the east. Apparently, from April to August, this is also a great place to see puffins, but unfortunately, when we went in September, there was nary a puffin in sight. The breathtaking views are definitely worth a visit regardless!

13:15- Reynisfjara beach

Once you’ve admired the beach from afar, it’s time to actually explore it for yourself! This is pretty much the only place in Iceland that felt overly crowded and touristy to me- the beach was littered with hundreds of people. If you keep walking down the beach, though, towards the sea stacks, the crowd massively thins out and if you scramble over a small rock pile slightly to the right of the rock formations, you’ll have miles and miles of black sand beach to yourself!

Even if you’re not down to scramble, the beach is totally worth a visit, from the basalt columns straight out of a Bond villains evil lair to the glittering black sand and the towering cliffs. Beyond otherworldly and pretty much only described as “stunning”.

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14:00- Lunch- The Soup Company (Víkurbraut 5, Vík, Iceland; 12:00-21:00 daily)

After being outside in the chilly air all day, a warm hearty soup was just what we needed. Located about 15 minutes away from Reynisfjara beach in Vik, The Soup Company was the perfect spot for a quick lunch, with its bright and modern interior and floor to ceiling windows offering gorgeous view of Vik’s mountains.  We both got the Indian vegan soup, a slightly spicy and creamy concoction with sweet potatoes, carrots, red onion, coconut milk, and garlic. Along with the soup, you get an unlimited amount of Icelandic bread; I can neither confirm nor deny whether I ate an embarrassing amount of carbs while we were here.

17:00- Geysir

After lunch, we made the two hour drive to Geysir on our way back to Reyjkavik. The Geysir Hot Spring Area is most famous for its exploding geysers and its boiling mudpits. While the area’s namesake, the Great Geysir, is no longer active, Strokkur, its brethren geyser, sprouts boiling hot water almost one hundred feet into the air every 5-10 minutes. The experience of watching the geyser as part of a crowd is pretty fun- everyone gathers around, eagerly awaiting the explosion with cameras poised, not knowing when the next burst is going to arrive. When the hot water explodes out of the earth, the crowd goes wild each time. We went here during golden hour; the geysir and steaming hot springs were simply unbelievable looking with the sun setting behind the adjacent mountain range- so if you can try to squeeze this sight in, I’d highly recommend doing so during sunset!

17:45- Head back to Reykjavik

We drove back to Reykjavik and spent a bit of time on Laugavegur, its famous shopping street. Truthfully, we enjoyed that dulse on our pizza so much that we were on the prowl for some more to snack on (someone at Olverk Pizza told us it was not uncommon for Icelandic people to snack on seaweed, which we later found out was a supremely outdated statement). Even if you’re not hunting for an incredibly specific type of snack, browsing around Laugvegur’s shops, like  Freddi, a toy store and retro arcade, is worth some time. Lots of stores close early, though, so if you’re looking for a comprehensive Laugavegur experience, I’d definitely recommend going midday.

19:00- Dinner- Kaffi Vinyl (Hverfisgata 76, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland; Monday through Friday- 8:00-23:00; Saturday 10:00-23:00; Sunday 11:00-23:00)

For dinner, you should stop by Iceland’s first all vegan restaurant, located in a funky second hand record store. With a decidedly hipster vibe, Kaffi seems to be a pretty great reflection of Reykjavik's artsy spirit.

Kaffi has a fairly extensive menu, but focuses mainly on comfort food and standard fare, like salads and sandwiches. We ordered the daily quesadilla, which was stuffed with avocados and spicy, gooey cheese, as well as the lasagna, a hearty dish of my great loves, pasta and cheese. The food was delicious (the cheese on the quesadilla was INSANE!) and the portion sizes were almost comically large. Plus, Kaffi boasts an all-day happy hour, far and away the cheapest place we found beer or wine during our stay in Iceland.

20:30- MicroBar (Vesturgata 2, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland; Sunday through Thursday: 15:00-0:00; Friday through Saturday: 15:00-1:00)

If you’re a microbrew beer lover, this cozy underground bar is a must. With one of the biggest selection of taps in Reykjavik and an option to get a ten beer flight, this is a great place to have a more low-key night and experience  a wide variety of Icelandic-brewed beers. If you’ve got a couple of hours to spare, grab one of the bar’s many board games and make some new friends at one of the communal tables. The drinks here (like all of Iceland) are pretty pricey so if you’re looking to save some cash, come back during happy hour (offered from 16:00-19:00).


Day 4

9:30- Breakfast- Cafe Babalu (22, Skólavörðustígur, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland; 9:00-23:00 daily)

If you’ve got a sweet tooth or just need a pretty quick breakfast, it’s worth stopping in this cozy coffeehouse that’s got some major hipster grandma vibes. Definitely not the healthiest of breakfasts, but Justin picked up a (HUGE) slice of carrot cake and I got a piece of apple bake (just make sure to ask for it without whipped cream). Paired with a coffee, it was a sweet goodbye to our time in Reykjavik.

If you’re not a dessert-for-breakfast kind of person, it may be worth popping in here for lunch instead- the vegan chili is supposed to be excellent! Alternatively, if you’re a Star Wars fan, you pretty much have to stop in here for the bathroom (I won’t spoil it for you but just know, that Luke Skywalker awaits you in the water closet).

11:30- Blue Lagoon  (Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland; 8:00-22:00 daily)

The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most famous geothermal spa and with its milky turquoise water, it is surely an omnipresent force in your Instagram feed. Although the lagoon is located in a volcanic lavafield, the lagoon’s water is not “naturally” warm and is, instead, supplied by water used in the nearby Svartsengi geothermal power station.

I had heard from several friends that the Blue Lagoon was super touristy and arguably not worth the price point. Tickets to the Blue Lagoon are EXPENSIVE (like $100 a person expensive) so I quaffled back and forth for literally months whether we should go. Ultimately, FOMO got to me and I decided to spring for the tickets. And the verdict? I’m super happy we went!

When I hear “touristy”, I think of American tourism- a.k.a. kitschy, ridiculous billboards; employees forcing you to get your photo taken and later trying to sell it to you; the works. The Blue Lagoon is the exact opposite of this, though- super modern and clean; exceedingly well thought-out and executed. And even though tickets were allegedly completely sold out on the day we went (so protip- buy tickets ahead of time), we never felt crowded or rushed. So while yes, the Blue Lagoon is primarily filled with tourists, it’s not touristy in a bad way.

We got the cheapest ticket package, which includes your timed entry into the lagoon (while your entrance is timed, there is no time limit to how long you can stay); a locker; a silica mask; a towel; and one drink (which includes things like champagne, beer, or even a smoothie). Our experience there was relaxing, fun, and pretty much flawless; so while I still think the price of admission is pretty inflated, I’m so glad we went.

It’s common advice to either hit the Blue Lagoon on your way to or from the airport. As you have no control of whether your inbound flight is significantly delayed and the Blue Lagoon does not issue refunds for missed appointments, I would recommend hitting it up on your way back home. We spent about three hours at the lagoon and I honestly wish we had more time just soaking in the warmth, the beauty, and the surrealness of the experience. That’s kind of like everything in Iceland- a total out-of-this-world experience somehow made utterly accessible.

15:00- Head to Keflavik Airport

While exiting the airport was pretty simple, I’m not sure Keflavik has completely caught up with the mass influx in tourists, so the process of dropping off our car and waiting in the security line at the airport took two plus hours. I’d definitely recommend giving yourself more time to get through the airport than you think you need- we definitely saw a few people scrambling to make it to their plane in time! The real question, though, is whether it’s really such a bad thing to be “stuck” in Iceland for a couple of days.


That does it for our itinerary for a quick getaway to Iceland. Have you been? Any recommendations of things we should do? Let me know in the comments below!

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