It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t either just been to Iceland or is planning a trip! I felt so lucky to be able to visit on my trip abroad this summer, getting to visit the North, the Western Fjords, and then the capital, Reykjavik, which is more in the Southwest. What a gorgeous country with amazing people and culture.
I’m excited to share the pictures from my trip to Iceland here, and I’m also including links to the restaurants, sites, and tours in case a visit is on your bucket list or, if like me, you would like to go back someday.
The landscape in Iceland is so diverse and interesting, with glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes (active and inactive), craters, geysers, geothermal pools, etc. I hope my photos give you a sense of what it looks like.
Once we were settled in Reykjavik, we had so much fun exploring the city. It’s very walkable, safe, and so completely charming.
I haven’t even mentioned the food situation in Iceland. It was amazing! We had a surprisingly easy time finding gluten-free and healthy restaurants. Almost everyone we met spoke perfect English and was friendly, open, and accommodating.
The only drawback about visiting Iceland IMHO is that it is expensive. I’m talking outrageously expensive. The cost of living is very high and those costs are passed onto tourists. A budget-style hotel will cost the same as a 5-star hotel anywhere else in the world, and something as simple as a cup of coffee will cost you $6.50. I’m telling you so you can be prepared and not shocked like we were. I’m assuming that this will change with time, especially since the very first American chain of warehouse stores just arrived on Iceland and the cost of goods has already come down. Don’t get me wrong. A visit to Iceland is worth every penny. 🙂
Recommended tours and tour guides in Reykjavik:
- Icelandic Elements (private tour guide). We did the Golden Circle tour.
- Reykjavik Sightseeing. We did the city walking tour.
- Harpa Concert Hall tour.
Recommended restaurants with vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly options in or around Reykjavik:
- Gló for vegan and gluten-free fresh, casual dining
- Grillmarkaðurinn (translates to The Grill Market) for upscale, gluten-free friendly dining
- Fiskmarkaðurinn (translates to The Fish Market) for upscale dining
- Kryddleginhjortu (translates to Your Heart’s Desire) for vegan- and gluten-free friendly, casual dining
- Joylato fresh ice cream with vegan options made using coconut milk
Recommended apartment rental:
Have you ever been to Iceland? What did I miss?
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