Oh Reykjavik, I had no idea how much I would fall in love with you. It all started when I read something on the internet stating the Northern Lights would fade for 10 years. Gasp! I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights! None of my friends were alarmed by this warning and none of them jumped at the opportunity to visit Iceland in the winter. However, I have always been a sucker for any type of supply and demand situation and I booked a flight to Iceland. This was my first solo trip. No regrets!


Reykjavík Iceland


Day One: Take an overnight flight and arrive in the morning. Book the Fly bus straight to the Blue Lagoon. Food at the Blue Lagoon is pricey; consider eating at the airport or purchase food to bring along with you. The bus departs the airport and arrives as Blue Lagoon opens. There is a storage room for luggage. Keep the items you will need at the lagoon in your carry on. Be sure to pack a scrunchy to get your hair up, you do not want to get it wet with geothermal water. It is cold in Iceland but you may not need a robe and slippers. It is likely you will run from the door to the water. Do you want to stop and take off a robe and slippers? No. No you do not.


Reykjavík Iceland


Spend some time floating around checking out all the corners of the lagoon, play with the mud mask and have a cocktail — you are in Iceland, Woo Hoo! Be aware of the time and catch Fly bus into Reykjavik; it will drop you at your hotel. Check into your hotel and head downtown to Austurstræti Street. Spend the evening checking out the local cafes and bars. Grab dinner and an Icelandic beer. Download the Reykjavik Grapevine’s Appy Hour app to find deals.


Reykjavík Iceland


Day Two: Spend the day exploring Reykjavik. The city is full of street art and cafes. Start out in the city center on Laugavegur Street for breakfast and window shopping. Consider checking out the Icelandic Phallological Museum for some truly unique photos to share with friends at home. Stop by Iceland’s largest record shop and browse the vinyl at Lucky Records. Head to Hallgrimskirkja Church and take the elevator up to the observation deck to take the obligatory photo of the city. Now head to the Sun Voyager for the next obligatory photo. Walk along the water to the Harpa Concert Hall, it is worth the time to go in and gaze out at the water and mountains. Across the street is the Kolaportið Flea Market. And, you must stop at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur for an amazing hot dog.


Reykjavík Iceland


Day Three: Get out of the city! Rent a car or book a day trip to the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle route includes Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss WaterfallStrokkur Geyser, Faxi Waterfall. I chose a day tour that included time at the geothermal Secret Lagoon.


Reykjavík Iceland


Do you have another two days? I suggest taking an overnight trip to the South Coast. This area includes Icelandic Horses, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skogafoss WaterfallJokulsarlon Glacier LagoonReynisfjara Black Sand Beach and Basalt Columns. I chose an overnight tour that included a traditional Icelandic dinner, viewing of the Northern lights and ice caving. There was a white out on the glacier which added to the experience. DIY’ers beware, it began to snow on the way back to Reykjavik and it was obvious the driver was struggling through some of the windy passes.


Reykjavík Iceland


Reykjavík Iceland







How to spend 72 hours in Iceland... in the Winter. How to organize your time including links, google map and photos.


22 comments on “72 Hours in Iceland… Winter Edition
  1. Nice list…I have 24 hours in Reykjavik this summer…no northern lights, so I’ll have to come back in the winter!

  2. Great post! I have just came back from Iceland. We did 6 day long road trip. Feel free to tell us what you wish you have also done !

  3. Shaun says:

    LOVE Iceland! Defiantly agree with getting out of town and seeing the lights!


  4. evie27 says:

    Oh wow when do the lights fade? 72 hours is insane – you packed so much into your time. You may have just inspired me to get there…as long as its before the lights fade.

    • sheriannekay@gmail.com says:

      I don’t think they did fade, I’ve seen pictures posted this year and they look just as bright to me!

  5. Becky Angell says:

    iceland is somewhere I really want to go, I keep seeing photos of the blue lagoon, was it really busy when you went? Some really great ideas, will save this so I can read nearer the time again when I am planning my trip but you’ve defintely motivated me to research again!

    • sheriannekay@gmail.com says:

      It seems busy because everyone is transferred from the airport at the same time so you have to wait to check your bags. Buy your tickets online to avoid that line. The lagoon is really big and does not feel crowded at all

  6. Csecsi says:

    I always wanted to visit Iceland because of the Northern lights and everyone is telling me that the Blue Lagoon geothermal lake is awesome, my girlfriend went there before we met and she wants to go back with me again. If we go we will definitely use your suggestions to get around. Thanks for this post.

  7. sunsetscribble says:

    Excellent list/itinerary for a trip to Iceland! The Blue Lagoon looks amazing. Great tips about bringing food to save money at the Blue Lagoon. I’m hoping to visit Iceland in the future.

  8. sam says:

    I love this so much- I want to make time for a week in Reykjavik this year, and this gave me the ideas I needed to start planning! Thank you for sharing.

  9. I really want to visit Iceland but I don’t have a lot of annual leave from work. So good to know that one can still do some much there in 3 days!!

  10. Tony (tonyandkimoutdooradventures) says:

    Iceland hasn’t been on our radar, but would love to photograph the northern lights. Would pass on the mud bath, but my other half wouldn’t bypass the shopping.

    • sheriannekay@gmail.com says:

      You don’t HAVE to put the mud on your face! It really is a great way to unwind after a long flight

  11. manders1397 says:

    I’ve been hearing so much about Iceland! Thanks for the info, your itinerary will be a great help whenever I manage to plan a trip!!

  12. AllGudThings says:

    I am hearing and reading so much about Iceland these days, And this is increasing my curiosity day by day and especially the Northern lights. Your post is superb with detailed itinerary. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Ami Bhat says:

    Thanks for sharing a complete itinerary with us. Makes it easier to plan your visit to Reykjavik. Cheers

  14. Rebecca says:

    Nice blog name 😉

    Iceland is high up on my list. Thank you for the detailed itinerary. Need to decide if I want to visit in the winter or the summer.

  15. finaciofotografia says:

    Every time I read post from Iceland I get jealous, in the good way 😉
    Thanks for the itinerary tips and also about the advice about buy food out of the Blue Lagoon!

  16. I have this inner most desire of looking at the wonderful phenomenon of the Northern Lights. You certainly made the most of the 72 hours that you had. I loved the way you described your trip, it sets the adrenalin rushing!

  17. Wow what an action packed 3 days you had! It’s good to hear you liked Reykjavik; so many cities are the same but Reykjavik sounds as though it’s truly unique, especially some of its museums! The Blue Lagoon sounds lovely!

  18. Goodness, this is a very helpful post. I have written in my blog as well that going to Iceland is part of my travel bucket list this year. I want to go both to Blue Lagoon and Rekyjavik as well. Since we usually do not have enough time to travel, this is a helpful post on which to prioritize and how to manage time wisely. Thank you for sharing

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