Have you ever wanted to explore Iceland, visit the beautiful land of ice? Well I’ll be sharing with you some tips that I’ve learnt during my two-week stay there.
For the first four days of our trip, we stayed at Nupan Deluxe , which is located about a 5-minute drive from the KEF airport! Very convenient! However, if you’re not renting a car, taking a taxi from the airport is super costly. Yes, even for just 5 minutes! It cost around SGD 50 to get to Nupan.
Nupan has 11 rooms and 6 toilets. Staying there felt like home away from home. I was pleasantly surprised how clean it was!
There are a number of restaurants, like Fernando’s and Malai Thai, just a five-minute walk from Nupan.
Exploring Iceland isn’t complete without a visit to Reykjavik. Reykjavik is known as Iceland’s largest town and the air is so fresh and clean. Exploring Reykjavik gives a sense of coziness and leaves the impression of minimalism.
A stunning backdrop pronounces Iceland’s picturesque capital: on one side of town stand rows of prim coloured rooftops outlined by a silvery, duck-and –swan filed lake. On the other, city streets slope down to the wind-capped bay of Faxaflói and a pair of quiet, bright–green islands.
The grey tower of Hallgrímskirkja defines the Reykjavik skyline in a most impressive way. At 245 feet high, this is Iceland’s tallest building and the city’s most prominent landmark. You can see the church from a good 25km away. The church’s design has become a symbol of Reykjavik in its own right: an ancient theme that honours a past hero by invoking nature with modernism.
The bold structure honours Hallgrímur Petursson, the country’s famous post-Reformation reverend and a man who authored so many classical Islandic hymns. It is the most well-known work of Gudjon Samúelsson, Iceland’s state architect who designed so many buildings in what is now a telltale Reykjavik style. The church is built to mimic the crystallised columns of basalt formed by cooling lava.
This gleaming steel structure was created by Icelandic sculptor Jon Gunnar Arnason and is located on Reykjavik’s waterfront. It is an ode to the sun, symbolizing light and hope.
Because of the beautiful setting and spectacular nature of the Sun Voyager, it has become one of the most popular attractions in Reykjavik.
Blue Lagoon (15.989 ISK)
Known as Bláa Lónid, it is a popular place when exploring Iceland.
Ethereal blue waters from this manmade hot spring.
The bottom is covered with white silica mud, the result of a natural process of re-condensation. The silica does wonders for your skin, which is why everyone’s fighting over the the little boxes and buckets to get a fistful of their own.
South shore adventure (10.499 ISK)
This tour takes you along the south coast of Iceland, one of the country’s most scenic regions, as far as Vík, a charming village surrounded by high beautiful bird cliffs.
South Iceland is special for that it is one of the flattest regions on the island. Because of that, most of all grain farming in Iceland is done there. The high mountains to the north, shield the area from the harshest winds from the north.
Among the stops on this tour are at the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is part of the Seljandsá river, which has its origins in Eyjafjallajökull glacier. What makes Seljalandsfoss so famous and interesting is that you can walk behind it.
Skógafoss, another famous Icelandic waterfall, is the starting point of the Fimmvörðuháls walk over to Þórsmörk. The waterfall was also used in the films Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
The perfectly straight waterfall drops a good 60m over the green cliff after tumbling all the way down from the glacier above.
Awe-inspiring and humbling!
It is believed that the first farmer, Thrasi Thórolfsson, who lived there, hid a chest of gold behind the falls.
We also stoped at Reynisfjara black sand beach, with the Reynisdrangar rock formations and columnar basalt. It is one of the most spectacular beaches in Iceland but can be dangerous. The wind is so strong that you can feel yourself being pulled away.
Additionally, we stopped by Sólheimajökull and walked up to a small lake which has formed in front of the retreating glacier.