Anonymous asked: Need some help in planning our Iceland trip. We fly in from Europe June 2013 and get into town at about 11:15pm then have a connecting flight that leaves the following day at 4:50pm. What's the best use of your time while there. Would like to find a hotel when we arrive then should probably be at the airport by about 3:00-3:30pm the following day. Should we rent a car and stay at the Blue Lagoon Clinic and spend the whole day there before traveling back? Or stay in Reykjavík and split time .
Wow that is just about the shortest trip to Iceland I’ve ever heard of.
Seeing as you are planning this a year in advance, I would suspect that Iceland will be a brief stopover after a long trip. You’d probably want a nice and relaxing stop.
As you mention, the Blue Lagoon is probably the most relaxing option. It lies right between Reykjavík and the airport, about a 20min drive from the Keflavík airport and 30-40min from Reykjavík. There are buses that can take you either from the airport to the Blue Lagoon or to Reykjavík. That means, that if you are staying at the Blue Lagoon Clinic, there is no need for a rental car.
If you do take a rental you could spend the following day driving around the villages between the Blue Lagoon and Keflavík. Nothing jaw dropping there, but some interesting harbor life. That would also allow you to stay at any hotel in the area if staying at a spa doesn’t excite you.
That reminds me of the other “spa” option in the area. If you want a really memorable experience check out the sea weed spa hotel…
With your time frame, I don’t really think you’d get much out of visiting Reykjavík. You could of course take the flybus to Reykjavík when you land, stay at any Reykjavík hotel and have until noonish to see the city. You could probably cram in the Blue Lagoon on the way back if you leave Reykjavík at noon.
There are some things you could manage to do in the morning. You could do some whale watching in the morning. Those tours will head out at nine and be back around noon. Easy to do with a rental car or taxi to the airport, requires careful planning if you use the flybus. That’s probably the only organized activity you can find in Reykjavík that will have you back by noon. Elding’s tour would fit the bill.
Hope that’s of some use to you and hope you make it back to Iceland for a longer visit!