Reykjavik, Iceland Vacation Day One
My husband and I got on the airplane in Denver around dinnertime and flew directly to Reykjavik, Iceland. Our flight lasted 7.5 hours, and landed around 7 am Icelandic time. Although we technically flew overnight, I can never sleep on airplanes! I watched a few movies and maybe dozed in and out a little bit. Once we landed, I so excited to be in Iceland that I wasn’t tired at all. (Yay for vacation adrenaline!)
We picked up our rental truck from Blue Car Rental located by the airport. My husband’s special request: the Toyota HiLux. We don’t have these trucks in the USA and he really wanted to drive one, so why not?
The almost Midnight Sun on our drive along the Ring Road in South Iceland
Take advantage of Iceland’s longer daylight hours during the Spring and Summer months. We drove around to see sights until nearly midnight!
The Keflavík International Airport (KEF) is a 45 minute drive from our hotel in Reykjavik. Since we can’t check into our hotel until afternoon, our first stop is the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is in Grindavik, just a few minutes’ drive from the airport.
The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s top tourist attractions. People go there to soak in beautiful blue geothermal waters surrounded by dark lava rock. The Blue Lagoon is one of those unique vacation experiences everyone should do at least once.
The Blue Lagoon was a wonderful way to begin our first day in Iceland.
The warm waters were warm and relaxing. We even ventured into the spa’s sauna and steam room.
Iceland Vacation Day One Activity List
- Visit the Blue Lagoon
- Horseback Riding Iceland
- Self-guided Walking Tour of Reykjavik
Icelandic horses are so much fun to ride, even if you have never ridden a horse. You must experience the tolt!
I love horses, and there was no way I was going to miss out on my chance to ride Icelandic horses. We booked a ride with Íslenski Hesturinn – The Icelandic Horse. I definitely recommend this company. They are top-rated on TripAdvisor. Our entire experience went smoothly. Riding an Icelandic horse was every bit as wonderful as I dreamed it would be!
I could go on and on about the Icelandic horses. We took tons of photos on our horse riding tour. We also saw lots of Icelandic horses as we drove around the countryside. My husband knows how much I love these unique-to-Iceland horses, so he was always willing to pull over so I could pet them and take more pictures.
The sun was shining and the early May temperature was warm. We did a self-guided walking tour of Reykjavik. It is an easy city to get around without a car. You can actually walk to any attractions you want to see within Reykjavik. Highlights include: Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, and the Sun Voyager sculpture on the Coastal Path.
Simply let yourself get lost (don’t worry, you won’t really get lost lost) in the city’s neighborhoods. Colorful houses line the streets. Don’t miss the main shopping district in the city center. Be on the lookout for street art.
We made the most of our two days in the Reykjavik area, but left so much undone. All our trip really did was give us a taste of Iceland that made us want to come back for more. Next time, we want to bring our children to explore this fascinating country.
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Have you ever been to Reykjavik? Do you want to go on an Iceland vacation?
Don’t miss what we did on Day 2 of our Iceland Vacation! We drive to see amazing waterfalls near Reykjavik, visit Thingvellir National Park and Geysir. I have lots of photos to share.