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Going on 6th Jan, any tips? I'm going with a dick
Also would highly recommend you go to the Saegreifinn - The Sea Baron in the harbour for food, fish there is top notch and wallet friendly.
Sea Baron is probably my favourite place to eat there. That or the hot dogs. Lots and lots of hotdogs. Also the fish and chip place http://www.fishandchips.is/
If you're there on a Friday night definitely go out along Laugavegur. It's carnage.
Blue Lagoon is definitely worth a visit for the sheer surrealness although it's also worth visiting one of the the public baths in Reykjavik too for a more authentic experience - feel like a proper knob writing that but it's pretty cool swimming in an super warm outdoor swimming pool when the weather below freezing. I think the one we went to was Laugardalur but there's plenty of others.
Pencil in at least one day to do a tour away from the city - you can do a day trip around the golden circle without spending a fortune with someone like Reykjavik Excursions. You'll probably get a good chance to see some northern lights too and I think they take you out again a second night if you don't see any first time around.
Thanks for taking the time to write all that. We have a golden circle tour pencilled in and the blue lagoon. Also whale/wildlife watching. The other stuff sounds great!
^applies to both the country and the supermarket
years ago. If it's just Reykjavik you're doing there's unfortunately not much to do apart from the known touristy stuff. It's nice but overhyped I think. Stockholm is far better. Nonetheless, I did enjoy Reykjavik. Have fun.
Go on a Super Jeep tour. They're great fun.
Also, it's worth going up the cathedral tower if it's a clear day (especially when the sun's rising).
Art museum is worth a look. As is wandering around the harbour, and touristy Golden Circle tours are goood for looking at waterfalls and geysers and such.
It's probably the ugliest cathedral in the world, but in a really lovable way
Also from the top there's lots of opportunity for all that there tilt shift instagram photo stuff of all the little coloured houses heading back towards the centre of Reykjavik
B4 u Reykjavík
I went for 8 days in Sep/Oct.
Reykjavik is small. Pretty, but small. Wouldn't spend more than a day exploring.
Blue Lagoon is a must. Yes, it's touristy. Yes, it's man-made. But it really is an amazing experience.
I can see you're already doing the Golden Circle above so I won't spend time on that. It's all good, though!
We spent about half our time ambling along the southern coast all the way over to Hofn on the south-east of the island. It's a LONG drive, but absolutely stunning. The scenery over that way is much more violent than the rolling hills/mountains in the Golden Circle. There are these vast black sand plains which 'erupt' up into high ridges with very little build-up, so it's very jagged with waterfalls ten-a-penny. We had some lovely walks where we saw absolutely no-one. Would recommend that highly but, as I say, it's a bit of a trek and you would need a hire car.
Really want to go back and do the north of Iceland next time.
We have what seems to be a nice flat on air bnb, right next to the national penis museum. Hofn sounds great! Cheers.
and I awlways wondered why
Drinks can be a bit pricey but there is an app you can get which tells you when each bar has happy hour, and that was a fun way of exploring the city centre - I liked the Big Lebowski bar!
Tonar is probably the best record store, but again it's a bit pricey.
When we went a few people said it was too cold on the boat to enjoy the whale watching, and that was in March, so god know what it will be like in January (plus there is no guarantee you will see a whale!). Similarly, it was really cold watching the Northern lights in the middle of nowhere at midnight- wrap up warm and take a thermos or hip flask! Again there is an app which tells you how likely you are to see the lights and if you don't fancy paying for the excursion, you can on occassion see them in Reykjavik. Most hotels offer a service where they will wake you up if they appear in the middle of the night.
If you are doing the golden circle tour, the half a day one is probably enough, unless you have an interest in greenhouses and growing vegtables.
This is probably a bit out of date now but it's still worth a quick read...
There's other wildlife. My gf is a trained zoo keeper, so she's keen. I'd love to see the lights, obviously really depends on the weather. Thanks x
there is a little beach and this weird building with some cool sculptures
That's well worth a trek. Beautiful lake full of icebergs.
Iceland has the best touristy stuff