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Updated: Aug 4, 2023

Shira posing in Iceland


Iceland is a sparsely populated Nordic island in Europe. It’s capital city is Reykjavik and is one of Europe’s most expensive destinations. The capital city looks like a regular Midwestern town, however the beauty of the country is on the outskirts of the city.

Shira posing near waterfall in Iceland

Top 3 Things to Do in Iceland:

  1. Blue Lagoon – This is a geothermal spa in Southwestern Iceland. Tickets start at around $80 for entry. Inside you can swim, get a face mask, and relax. Despite the temperature in Iceland being extremely cold the water inside the spa is warm. Also, there are free water dispensaries throughout the spa, as geothermal water can dehydrate you. The water is delicious. In general, Iceland’s water is delicious. You must book your time slot in advance. I booked a 5 pm time slot and stayed until the Lagoon closed, which is what I would recommend.

Shira smiling in Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  1. The Golden Circle Tour – This was an overpriced paid tour but I recommend renting a car to see everything yourself. This goes to the Icelandic national park, a géiser, and some other scenic places.

  2. Sun Voyager – Reykjavik’s waterfront landmark. The scenery is so peaceful and a perfect place to take a long walk.

Best eateries in Iceland:

Note: The food in the airport is cheaper than the stores outside the airport. Google “Cheap Eats in Reykjavik” to find some affordable food spots if you want more of an extensive list. I ended up eating in my hostel since there was a lot of free food there. In general, Iceland is extremely expensive. I recommend allocating $50-$75 per person per meal if you plan to eat out.

Devon’s Pizza – I got a 10 inch pizza for approximately €17. The pizza was delicious.

Pizza pie

Iceland is a once-in-a-lifetime destination. Because it is so expensive I recommend fully exploring the island by renting a car so that you do everything you want in one trip. Iceland is cold all year round so make sure to bundle up. It is important to plan all your transportation and activities ahead to save money. Lastly, never buy water in Iceland – the tap water is absolutely delicious.


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