4 days at wonderful Iceland

As we are saying in our “About us” we want to encourage single parents to step out and travel more with their kids. I decided in my single days, to show wonderful Iceland to my kids.

Upon arrival, we immediately sensed that Iceland is a completely different world. The island is covered with barren soil, rocks and majestic mountains as far as the eye can see.

We traveled in February. The weather was beautiful – clear, almost no wind and with a beautiful blue sky… but freezing cold. The weather and the temperatures can fluctuate a lot, but in the winter time from December to February it is constantly around zero.

Landscape of wonderful Iceland

It took approximately half an hours drive from Keflavik Airport to get to the city centre. We stayed at Hotel Cabin. It was simple, nice and clean, which was fine with us. I had chosen to prioritize excursions, instead of an expensive hotel right in the city.

The hotel is located just 1,5 km outside Reykjavik but has a perfect location. Situated right next to the picturesque harbor promenade at Faxaflói Bay, just 5 minutes walk from the large geothermal Laugardalslaug pool. We were met with an outstanding view every time we stepped outside the hotel.

Hotel Cabin Reykjavik

Our days were filled with exciting sightseeing and with four days on the island, you are able to see the main attractions around Reykjavik.

We did spend one day to explore the city´s major landmarks. The church lies alone on top of a large hill in the city. The moment you see it, you can see the architecture is inspired by the Icelandic nature with mountains, glaciers, geysers and the vast expanses.
On our way through Reykjavik, we found out that Iceland is a very expensive place. I know Denmark (where we live) is an expensive country, but Iceland is crazy!

The majestic Hallgrimskirkja
Hallgrimskirkja and Leif
Odd Iceland money

The Blue Lagoon is a must see.

The famous Blue Lagoon is an oasis in the middle of a lava field outside Reykjavik. Here we enjoyed the warm (37-39 degrees C) and mineral water. The white silica clay that you find at the bottom of the lagoon is very popular to flounder in the face and body and has a reputation of vitalizing effect. The surroundings outside of the lagoon were breathtaking … large and small pools with lava rocks around where the salt from the lagoon had settled down. The contrasts were mesmerizing.

Enjoy the Blue Lagoon
Relaxing in the Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon

The Golden Circle is an experience you should not miss.

The Golden Circle is a sightseeing tour with three of the most interesting places near Reykjavik. The first stop was beautiful and magnificent Gullfoss waterfall. Gulfoss is a part of river Hvítá and it falls 32 meters in two parts. A very beautiful place, both in the winter and summer time.

Beautiful Gulfoss waterfall
Dramatic Gulfoss waterfall

Next stop was the geothermal area, with the geysers Strokkur and Geysir. Strokkur is one of Iceland’s most famous geysers because it bursts regularly every 5-8 minute every day, all year. This whole area with small holes with boiling water and smoke seeping out of the ground is enchanting. We had enough time to walk around and could conjure up many exciting fairy tales, created of this amazing place.

Stokkur geyser
Little geyser

The last stop on our tour was Thingvellir National Park, a prestigious and historical place. Thingvellir is Iceland’s most important cultural heritage. The Althing, the national parliament of Iceland, was established here in 930 and served at Thingvellir for over 850 years.

Thingvellir National Park

The National Park is a phenomenal place, you can sense all the Icelandic sagas that can be dated back for centuries. In the National Park, we walked in the valley that marks the top of the Mid-Atlantic ridge and the boundary between the North American and European tectonic plates.

Diving is permitted in two underwater canyons in the National Park, Silfra and Davíðsgjá. Silfra is one of the best places for diving in Iceland and it should be a very special experience to dive between the two cliff sides. In 2004, Thingvellir National Park was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Unfortunately, we couldn´t do that.

Canyon in Thingvellir
Kids in Thingvellir National Park

Northern Lights Tour – a sight not to missed!

We joined a tour in the evening just to experience the famous northern lights. We drove away from the city’s lights and noise and stopped about 45 minutes outside Reykjavik. It was a breathtaking moment to see the northern lights dancing around on the sky. The wonderful light effects are also known as the Aurora Borealis.

Unfortunately, I could not get to grips with my camera, so I was not able to capture any picture with the beautiful lights. Luckily we saw one of nature’s most beautiful phenomena a few times – also from our hotel in Reykjavik.
(My son captured these pictures with his own pocket camera. I did not see that before he showed me when we were back home.
Sorry for the shaky photos. )

Northern light above Reykjavik
Northern light

It was a pleasure to visit Iceland during winter time and I will recommend it any day. Just bring warm clothes 🙂
I travelled with my kids who were 10 and 12 years – and they loved it.
Enjoy wonderful Iceland! 🙂

Becca enjoy wonderful Iceland

Have you ever visited Iceland? If so, can you recognize some of the places?

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