Iceland - Day 1

If you do nothing else with your life - go to Iceland.

Iceland Reykjavik Sun Voyager Sculpture


Driving from the airport

You have to be really careful when driving around Iceland as the weather can change so quickly. There is a popular saying amongst the locals "If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes" - and it's true! There was about 5/10 minutes between these two photos:



Iceland Reykjavik Keflavik Snow Driving

We took the route towards Grindavik in search of the Blue Lagoon.

One definite recommendation is a SatNav. The road signs are not always very clear and it took us 2 hours to find the lagoon 15 minutes away!

We made a stop along our detour to have a look at the beautiful scenery.

Iceland Reykjavik Keflavik Snow Driving


Iceland Reykjavik Keflavik Snow Cave


Blue Lagoon Geothermal Pool

You can find 'wild' geothermal pools dotted around in Iceland, but for a proper tourist experience the Blue Lagoon is a must-see. You also don't risk jumping in to a frozen pool by the side of the road!

You will have to charge from the changing rooms in to the pool which is freezing especially in swimwear! But once you are in the lagoon, keep moving and you will find hot spots of water.

Iceland Reykjavik Blue lagoon geothermal pool

Iceland Reykjavik Blue lagoon geothermal pool

It's difficult to take a camera in with you as there is so much mist above the water, but we took a phone in for 5 minutes as you can't leave without some photos! It actually hailed for 5 minutes whilst we were in there which was pretty painful, but the sun soon came out.

Iceland Reykjavik Blue lagoon geothermal pool

Iceland Reykjavik Blue lagoon geothermal pool

Iceland Reykjavik Blue lagoon geothermal pool

Reykjavik waterfront

It had been pretty grey all day, but the sun came out at sunset to create some beautiful pictures - they don't quite do it justice.

Iceland Reykjavik Sea Water waterfront


Iceland Reykjavik sea waterfront sun voyager sculpture


The Sun Voyager

We didn't have too much time to find out what The Sun Voyager really is, but it was a landmark to stop off and take a few pictures of. I can tell you from Wikipedia, that it is an ode to the sun, a dream of hope and freedom by Icelandic sculptor Jón Gunnar Árnason. 

Iceland Reykjavik sea waterfront sun voyager sculpture

Iceland Reykjavik sea waterfront sun voyager sculpture

Iceland Reykjavik sea waterfront sun voyager sculpture

By this time, we were more than ready to head to the hotel for a hot shower and hot water bottle!

We knew we would be on the road for most of the trip so decided to have one nice meal out. The Grill Market (or Grillmarkadurinn) is a lovely, trendy restaurant recommended by our hotel - expect gourmet, expensive food but definitely worth the experience.

The lamb or duck come recommended from us!


Tips and Essentials

  • Hire a car when you go to Iceland - there are many different tours you can go on and we did a tour on our last 2 days. Having a car gives you a bit more flexibility around your travelling and may work out a bit cheaper. 
  • Bring a SatNav - we thought we would be OK but the roads are not always very clear, especially when you are driving in a snow storm. 

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