You already know this, but I LOVE planning trips. Like maybe a little too much. Making itineraries is my favorite thing because I get to daydream about all the awesome things I'll be experiencing while sitting at my windowless desk.
With the weather outside looking oh-so-frightful today, I'm turning my thoughts to a city just as cold, but much less gross.
Here's a tentative plan for my upcoming Iceland trip...
We're taking the red eye in from New York and landing in Reykjavik around 6:45 a.m., where the Flybus will take us from the airport directly to our hotel. I assume we won't be able to get into our room yet, so we'll likely head out in search of breakfast and then check out the town. Depending on how we feel, we might do a whale watching tour. Even though whales can be seen year-round in Reykjavik, I'm not sure I want to be out on a boat in the middle of winter. Thoughts?
We'll spend another morning and afternoon around Reykjavik and then set out for an evening adventure. Our Icelandair package includes a night tour to the Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Hot Springs and a "traditional Icelandic dinner" at the spa followed by a Northern Lights hunt in the highlands.
This day isn't fully planned out yet. I'd love to see the Southern coast filled with black sand beaches (covered in icebergs!) and giant waterfalls, but I don't know if we'll have the energy to do two 10-hour tours back to back. This day might be spent hanging out in Reykjavik.
When researching things to do in Iceland, the Golden Circle tour was the most highly recommended. With a stop in Thingvellir National Park (home of the slowly moving American and Eurasian tectonic plates!), a visit to the massive Gullfoss waterfall and a stop in the Geysir geothermal area featuring a regularly active geyser we couldn't NOT do this tour.
Sadly, this will be our last day in Reykjavik. After some breakfast, we'll head out to the Blue Lagoon on the way to the airport. I've heard this is the most logical way to fit the lagoon into our trip since its on the way. Guess we'll be the most relaxed people on the plane. :)
For those who've been to Iceland -- what am I missing?