I thought it would be appropriate to write about Iceland while it’s 16* (F) in New York City. I was originally planning to take this trip over this last weekend but then I thought it might be smarter not to go at a time when the average high temperature is 32* (F) just to save on airfare. So, the new plan is to go in late August or early September, around Labor Day (for those Americans reading) when the temperature is slightly warmer – 50* (F).
A few weeks back, though, I went through this pocket guide for Reykjavik and start folding pages and underlining interesting tidbits. I’m planning on going for about 4 days to explore the city. I think that’s more than enough. I’ve heard there’s a lot to do outside the city, but it’s all pretty outdoorsy and nature-y. And well, I’m just not that kind of person.
So, here are the top 5 things that I think I 100% must do while I’m in Reykjavik:
- The Blue Lagoon – Not going to The Blue Lagoon when you’re in Iceland would be like not going to Central Park in New York.
- Omnom Chocolate – A chocolate factory? Sign me up.
- Hallgrimskirkja – This is a super cool looking cathedral.
- Tour the Golden Circle – the Geysir is here as well as Pingvellir, an UNESCO site where vikings first stepped foot onto Iceland.
- Iceland Phallological Museum – Um, how can you skip a museum about penises?
There are lots of other things I want to do while I’m there, but these seem like a good starting point. If we’re being honest, I’ll be happy if I do nothing else besides The Blue Lagoon. I’m also excited to try their food. According to Lonely Planet, more and more vegetarian restaurants are opening in Reykjavik.
If you’ve been to Reykjavik and you’ve done something that I absolutely can’t miss, please let me know in the comments below!