Europe, Food, Travel

One Day Iceland Itinerary

On the way home from our Netherlands trip, we had a 25 hour layover in Reykjavik, Iceland. I was so thrilled because from what I’ve heard, you can see quite a bit during that time. We witnessed so many natural wonders. Here is what we saw in that one day (an Iceland itinerary):

We started our journey in Keflavik airport, where we picked up our rental car. We had to wait quite a while outside in the cold for the bus over to the Thrifty rental car station. It’s a good thing I am Canadian and am not a stranger to bad weather because I think the others were freezing to death.

Next we drove to the Blue Lagoon, which is between the airport and Reykjavik. I will have a full post describing my time there up soon!

Blue Lagoon

After experiencing the Blue Lagoon, we drove to our hotel Nordurey, as it was getting dark. Dropping our bags off, we headed downtown to have supper. We ended up having a bite at an upscale restaurant, Kol, as most places were closed. The food was definitely Icelandic. Just outside was Hallgrimskirkja, the beautiful Icelandic church, which was built to resemble a volcano! I love how Iceland totally embraces their natural surroundings. To bed we went ASAP so we could wake up with the morning sun.

Kol Restaurant

Kol Reykjavik

Iceland bread

seafood soup

Icelandic dish

Icelandic ice cream

Hallgrimskirkja

Hallgrimskirkja

Hallgrimskirkja

The Nordurey Hotel had a delicious spread for breakfast, which filled us up for the busy road trip we had ahead of us. The hotel was clean, affordable, and in a great location. We really couldn’t ask for more. The easiness of checking in and out was fantastic, and very modern! An access code provides entry. The bed was cozy and perfect for our short sleep. We felt rested at the start of our journey.

Nordurey Hotel

hotel robe

hotel tv

hotel bathroom

Nordurey Hotel

Icelandic decor

Icelandic decor

Icelandic decor

Nordurey Hotel

Reykjavik hotel

Icelandic breakfast

Icelandic breakfast

Icelandic breakfast

Icelandic breakfast

We drove east to Thingvellar National Park, to begin the Golden Circle road trip. I had the highlights mapped out and we knew we couldn’t stop long. Without stopping, the Golden Circle takes three hours to drive. We did it in just four hours!

Golden Circle

Iceland Itinerary

Golden Circle

Iceland Golden Circle

In that time, we visited the major sites, like Geysir at Haukadalur and Gulfoss. Geysir was the namesake for all geysers. Snap a picture if you can! You might see some Icelandic horses along the way, too. Gulfoss was the most mighty waterfall I have ever seen; It was so powerful, my camera was getting soaked from the spray.  The wind in Iceland nearly blew me away most of the time.

Geysir

Geysir

Geysir

Geysir

Geysir

Icelandic horse

Icelandic horse

Icelandic horse

Icelandic horse

Icelandic horse

Icelandic horse

Icelandic horse

Icelandic horse

Gulfoss

Gulfoss

Gulfoss

Gulfoss

Driving the Golden Circle will be one of the most awe-inspiring drives of your life. While it is possible to drive it in such a short time, it would be definitely worthwhile to plan a longer road trip. You’ll want to stop for a picture every mile! We missed a few things along the way, like Kerid Crater Lake.

Golden Circle

Iceland

Iceland

Iceland

Iceland

Iceland

I was so impressed on our short Iceland itinerary, that I’m already planning my next trip there! Let me know what I missed, as I’d love to road trip the whole country. If you only have 24 hours, you can definitely get a taste of Iceland.

Iceland Itinerary Mapped:

Hallgrimskirkja

Geysir

Gulfoss

Kerid

Thingvellir National Park

 

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