Stopover in Iceland

Are you travelling from North-America to Europe or vice versa? With Iceland’s perfect placement between Europe and North America, and its beautiful and one of a kind landscape and scenery, it makes Iceland the perfect place to stopover for a mini vacation.

Posted by: Birta Bjornsdottir

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Stopover in Iceland?

If you only have a few hours

If you only have a few hours in Iceland and don’t just want to wait at the airport, we suggest that you go to the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a unique geothermal spa where you can bathe in the natural blue water or even get a spa treatment. The Blue Lagoon is relatively close to the airport, so it is perfect if you only have a few hours to spend in Iceland.

We offer transfers from the airport to the Blue Lagoon

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Thingvellir, part of Golden Circle

If you have a whole day stopover in Iceland

If you have a whole day to spend in Iceland we suggest that you get out of the capital area. Go explore some of Iceland’s magnificent nature and unique landscapes. In just one day you see so much in Iceland. One idea would be to do the popular Golden circle for early birds . On a tour of the Golden Circle, you will get a taste of what Icelandic nature has to offer. First you would go to Thingvellir National Park, a place where Icelandic Vikings founded the world’s first parliament over 1000 years ago. At Thingvellir National Park you can stand in two continents at once since tectonic plates run across Thingvellir, while enjoying the striking view. The next stop on the Golden Circle tour is Strokkur Geyser. The Geyser is in a geothermal field with many hot springs and geysers. Strokkur Geyser erupts every 5-8 minutes, and it spouts water almost 30 meters into the air. The last stop of the day would be Gullfoss Waterfall. It is the most famous waterfall in Iceland and seeing this waterfall is for many a highlight of the day. Gullfoss is part of the glacial river Hvítá.

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Geothermal hot springs

Another idea would be to do a Sensational Iceland Tour. This tour has a little bit of everything; two tremendous waterfalls, the notable Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, and a glacier hike. The two waterfalls you get to see are Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss. Seljalandsfoss is very photogenic waterfall that you can walk behind and join the scenery from another perspective. The other waterfall, Skogafoss, is considered by many to be the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. It is definitely a must see! On this tour you also get to see Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Reynisfjara has been ranked as one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. The beach has beautiful basalt columns and basalt sea stacks. The most exciting part of this day for many is the glacier hike. You get geared up with crampons and do a relatively easy one-hour hike on a glacier.

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Seljalandsfoss waterfall in the south

If you have two or more days

If you have two or more days to spend in Iceland we again suggest that you get out of the capital area and spend a night somewhere in the highlands. You can see waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, mountains, volcanoes, beaches, and so much more if you get out of the city. There are countless options for you to choose from and it all depends on how long you are in Iceland for. Here are some ideas for a longer stopover trip to Iceland:

Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon 2 days

Jokulsarlon 3 days

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The black sand beach, Reynisfjara