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    • If you're planning a trip to Iceland - congratulations! You won't regret it. From stunning scenery to welcoming locals, you'll be glad you went.

      I shared a tiny bit of my Iceland 2013 travel experience in this post about New Year's Eve celebrations around the world:

      However, there's so much to do and see beyond the fireworks.

      First things first: when you arrive in Reykjavík, you'll want to get situated at wherever you're staying and explore the downtown. It's extremely walkable and charming. If you're visiting in summer, you'll get to experience the legendary "midnight sun," extended hours of daylight.

      Unfortunately I visited in winter, which meant we got about 3-4 hours of sunlight in the morning, the rest of the time being night. One pro about the winter's long darkness, however? It boosts your odds of seeing the Northern Lights!

      What to eat in Iceland? My personal favorite dish was... hot dogs. I can't recommend highly enough visiting Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, which translates to "The best hot dogs in town." It is affordable and delicious.

      Chrissy Teigen (and other well-known Iceland visitors) agree.

      Restaurants in Reykjavik are expensive, so we only splurged on 1-2 sit-down meals. They were nice, but not as memorable as the hot dogs.

    • While walkable, there's a lot to see in Reykjavík.

      Below you can see a stunning photograph I took of Iceland's opera hall, Harpa. There's also attractions that are a bit more off the beaten path, like the Iceland Phallogical Museum, or the Reykjavík Maritime Museum. Prior to going to the Maritime Museum, I had no idea how contentious fishing rights could be, or the crucial role that sailing has played in Iceland's history. Fascinating!

      Since I visited, it looks like a Viking Museum has opened up near the airport. Definitely want to check that out next time.

    • This is a glacier that was directly next to the Black Sand beach. I don't know what it's called, but you can see it covered in mist in the distance.

    • Our awesome Pink Iceland team brought us to attractions a bit off the beaten path as well, like the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum. From this description:

      The Shark Museum at Bjarnarhofn farm on the northern side of Snaefellsnes peninsula is where visitors can get a down-home taste of ‘real’ Iceland by meeting with the friendly curator and owner who reveals fascinating details about the local Greenland shark from which traditional ‘hakarl’ is made.

      The shark processing operation has been the livelihood of this family for generations and is
      still going as the region‘s leading producer of ‘hakarl’. The museum has exhibits on the history of this culinary curiosity, along with the family’s fishing boats and processing tools. A video explains the hunting and fermenting procedure. Greenland shark is poisonous if eaten
      fresh but fermentation neutralizes the toxin.

      Guests have the option to taste the pungent petrified shark meat (along with a shot of
      the famous Icelandic schnapps Brennivin) and dried fish ‘jerky’. You can also taste the shark liver oil which purportedly cures all sorts of minor ailments. The folksy museum is filled with an astounding array of shark fishing paraphernalia. That alone keeps young ones fascinated for hours.

      I did not eat any hakarl. It is fascinating, however.

    • Absolutely don't miss seeing Gullfoss, the "Golden Waterfall." While we saw the falls frozen in winter, in the summer, it looks like this:

      We also saw Geysir, the origin. of the name geyser. It's a pretty incredible experience to see the hot springs in winter!

      You can go to various hot springs and spas to experience the revitalizing effects of Iceland's geothermal hot springs for yourself: the Blue Lagoon is probably the most famous of these experiences. Next time!

    • Thanks for the trip report @Victoria!

      I visited Iceland in 2010; a return trip is overdue! I wandered on my own, staying in guesthouses and hostels. I made a reservation for the first two nights but then took my chances that there would be someplace (acceptable) to stay when I pulled into a town at the end of the day. I was traveling in September so the "no reservation" trip worked - I don't think I would try that in a more popular travel season.

      I loved Iceland!

    • Very cool! Literally. 😉

      I spent two weeks driving around Iceland in an RV in 2015 and it was amazing. We were there during early fall, so it's cool to see your winter pictures of some of the same places we visited. I'd love to go back, although I'll skip the RV if I ever go again (that was not the best part of the trip).

      My favorite food memories from my trip: an amazing meal at Sudur Vik in the small southern town of Vik, and many amazing meals from Glacier Goodies, a food cart that was a godsend when we got trapped at Skaftafell National Park for several days. Best fish and chips I've ever had!

      📷 Our RV at Skaftafell, which is definitely not the worst place to be trapped for several days.

    • I've been to Reykjavik three times, for EvE Online fanfests. I think it's a terrific place and I really need to get back and drive (or ride!) around the whole island and not just the touristic Golden Circle route. I'll dig up whichever pics I have lying around to make a better contribution to this thread, but at the very least I should say that Hallgrimskirkja, the central cathedral in Reykjavik, should absolutely be on your list of things to see (you can see a little bit of it in the thumbnail on the first link in the original post here). It's so weird and unexpected architecturally and visually from several completely different angles... and with right lighting it can take your breath away. During my 2nd visit I accidentally found myself turning into Skólavörðustígur (the street that goes directly from the cathedral towards the harbour, slightly downhill), it was foggy and the sun was just starting to climb through the mist behind the structure, and it was an absolutely phantasmagoric vision framed by the utterly everyday street context. I'm purposefully not embedding any pictures of it so as not to spoil you from discovering it all by yourself, if only via Google.

      Also, Reykjavik Roasters is an excellent 3rd wave-ish coffee place with Kaffitár being a great alternative (the latter boasts(-ed?) several World Barista champions but the former roast their own beans :)

      If you fancy such things, you can find an EvE Online Players monument in the old harbour, and if you ever played yourself and were active at the right time, you may find your name on it using this handy locator service :)

      Old harbour also hosts a kind of bazaar/fleamarket here, but please check the hours, I'm not sure it is open every day ; it also has decent local food options.

    • @Victoria, amazing adventure you had there! It makes me want to go back to Iceland.

      I went to work on this film about ice climbers tackling ice caves and moulins:

      I spent all my time on or in the glacier, which meant I got very little culture exposure or visibility into the landscape. I've vowed I'm going to go back without a camera. I've been to Iceland and filmed it. Now I need to go back and experience it.

      If you're in Iceland in the cold months, I highly recommend taking a guided tour of an ice cave. They are remarkable: