What to do and not do in Iceland

Well where do I start, Iceland is an amazing place with plenty to do and explore however you’ll almost be certainly interested in needing to know what to do and not to do when travelling to this very different Nordic Island Country.

  • First things first I don’t want to burst your bubble when it comes to this place but it’s damn expensive, so don’t be looking to buy your clothes when you arrive in Iceland like you would on a normal holiday in the sun.
  • Bring lots of warm clothes, I recommend using TK Maxx, Millets and or Blacks.
  • Make sure you bring gloves and a hat, the wind is bitterly cold sometimes so I would highly advise anyone travelling there to purchase them.
  • Have both a wind proof jacket and a rainproof jacket, or one that has the ability of both.

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  • Don’t travel light.
  • Book before you go, we both found it to be very easy and swift to just have all of our paperwork and itinerary sorted and ready at all times, rather than waiting in the queues. Booking the excursions before you go allow you to be sure that it’s all sorted, then there isn’t a need to carry extra money along with exchanging it.
  • Be sure to have a big breakfast, the food is very good everywhere but again due to it all being imported it is very expensive, stock up at breakfast time.

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  • Absolutely make sure you go to the Blue Lagoon which is pretty much a given. being one of the wonders of the world it would be silly to miss out on this amazing place. Both beautiful and relaxing whether in a bath robe or a pair of swim shorts, you can even enjoy a pint in the Lava restaurant which is great for food and drinks of all offerings.

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  • Also a trip on a long coach ride will take you passed the Geysirs where you will witness some of Iceland’s hot springs in action which is quite an amazing watch. Just don’t stand to close!

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The waterfalls are quite a sight too!

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  • Be aware that although Icelandic is the main language and then Polish being the second most common as their mother tongue, all of the Icelandic people spoke fantastic English and couldn’t be more polite or helpful.
  • Don’t go there in the anticipation that everything is very local especially of you’re spending your time in Reykjavik. I mean you have the shops but be prepared to be getting up at 5am in order to be picked up by the mini-bus.

Overall I would recommend a trip away to Iceland, however I would first:

  1. Save some cash
  2. Be prepared to be getting up early
  3. Invest in some winter clothing before going
  4. Book yourself in at the Blue Lagoon for a great experience
  5. Go to see the Geysir’s
  6. Make the effort to visit the waterfalls
  7. Don’t feel pressured into splashing out on a hotel, as most of the time you will be out and about.
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