5 Days in Iceland: A Magical Journey Through the Land of Fire and Ice

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A costside in Iceland.
Fora’s Take

We highly recommend visiting Iceland, a stunning country filled with natural wonders, vibrant culture and exciting adventures. Iceland mesmerizes with rugged landscapes, towering waterfalls and steaming geysers. The friendly locals, delicious cuisine and bustling cities add to the charm and allure of this unique destination. Whether you are seeking adventure, relaxation or cultural immersion, Iceland is sure to exceed your expectations and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

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Where to stay

Hotel Rangá

In southern Iceland, this lodge-like resort is the spot to experience the magical Northern Lights go star gazing with the experts.

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The Reykjavik EDITION

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Umi Hotel

Warm, inviting hotel with stylish rooms offering mountain and ocean views.

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Day 1: Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland's Capital City

Hot baths outdoors in Iceland.

Explore Reykjavik's charming streets, colorful houses and unique architecture, including the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church. Drive the Golden Circle, a popular route that includes three major attractions: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall.

End the day with a soak in the relaxing hot springs at the Secret Lagoon or the Fontana Baths.

Day 2: East Fjords

Snaefellsnes in Iceland.

Drive through the East Fjords, a scenic and less-visited region of Iceland. Visit Snaefellsnes Peninsula, known for its diverse landscapes, including a volcano, glaciers and black-sand beaches. The scenes here are out of this world!

Visit Kirkjufelll, the most photographed mountain in Iceland. This mountain features waterfalls at the base and a gorgeous landscape.

Day 3: Waterfalls & Black Sand Beaches

A black sand beach in Iceland.

Drive along the South Coast, known for its stunning black sand beaches, glaciers and waterfalls. Visit the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls and take a hike on the nearby trails.

Explore the black sand beach of Reynisfjara and the basalt columns at Reynisdrangar.
Spend the night in the sea front village of Vik, it is very cute and quaint.

Day 4: Icebergs

Icebergs in Iceland.

Drive to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where you can see icebergs floating in a glacial lake.
Visit the nearby Diamond Beach, where icebergs have washed up on shore and sparkle like diamonds in the sunlight. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen!

Take a glacier hike or ice cave tour, or go snowmobiling on the nearby glaciers. Spend the night in the nearby town of Hofn.

Day 5: Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

End the day with a soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa known for its healing waters and stunning scenery. Free mud face mask in the lagoon which is awesome!
Return to Reykjavik for your last night in Iceland.

Must check out the Harper Concert Hall in town. It’s a modern glass honeycomb concert hall and conference center — absolutely stunning architecture.

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