Iceland in 5 Days: Reykjavik

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    Iceland in 5 Days: What to do in Reykjavik

    We flew into Keflavik International Airport (KEF) and arrived at 7:00am local time. As soon as we landed, we went through customs (super quick) and went to baggage claim to grab our bags. After we grabbed our bags, we went out to the arrivals area and I stopped into their version of 7-11 and picked up two SIM cards for our phones. I’ll be doing a post later on how to stay connected in Iceland!

    A gentleman from GO Car Rental met us shortly thereafter and took us out to our car. He explained driving laws in Iceland and where we can and cannot go with our car. Luckily, Iceland drives on the right side of the road and there is literally no traffic anywhere (aside from the big city of Reykjavik) so it was actually extremely easy to drive in Iceland. It was almost always an open road and there was never really anyone around us until we got to the popular destinations. It was really nice given that we live in one of the most congested areas in the country. GO Car Rental kindly lent us a GPS system as well. While yes, you can use Google Maps on your phone, it was really convenient to have this GPS system in the car so you didn’t have to burn data using your phone.

    Iceland in 5 Days: What to do in Reykjavik

    After a quick walk around the car and signing some documents, we were off! First stop? Blue Lagoon!

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  • lachiah says:

    Blue Lagoon straight from the airport was a smart move! My group and I went in the afternoon on our third day there which caused us to miss out on some of the highlights of the South Coast. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the Blue Lagoon has shower stalls for those who are uncomfortable showering out in the open. Did you have any issues with jet lag? I was essentially non-functional the first day. The 9 a.m. sunrise did not help! I’ll have to go back during the summertime.

    • Julie says:

      Yes, there are shower stalls there, too! The lines for those were so long so I just went for the open showers haha…we didn’t have issues with jetlag, we just rallied our first day and had really good sleep the first night! I had trouble sleeping at night though every night after that because I guess my body wasn’t producing enough melatonin because of all the daylight. I even had a sleeping mask.

  • Maria says:

    What a wonderful trip!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    What a fun adventure!

  • Heather Christo says:

    Such an adventure! I love that you guys packed so much into your trip- very cool!

  • Leanna says:

    This all looks amazing! I’ve been planning a trip to Iceland and I love hearing about it from other people’s perspectives. I’m definitely going to check out that car rental company!

    • Julie says:

      Awesome – they were really great! I hope you get to Iceland soon!

  • Gaby Dalkin says:

    Love all your tips about the Blue Lagoon! Thanks for sharing this adventure with us!

  • Sommer @aspicyperspective says:

    What a great adventure! I must add this to my visit list!

  • Marla Meridith says:

    Iceland is on my travel hot list! Looks like a great trip!!

  • Lee says:

    About to relive your trip. But in 3 days instead :P HERE WE GO.

    • Julie says:

      YAAASSS! Can’t wait to follow along :)

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