How to spend 4 days in Iceland

We spent 4 days in Iceland back in March 2017 and it was definitely one of our favourite trips.  It’s a stunning country with picturesque scenery pretty much wherever you go. Although it was still winter when we went, we were extremely surprised to find it was not as cold as we expected! In fact, at some points the sun came out pretty strong and it felt like a normal autumn/winter day back in the UK.

We would recommend visiting Iceland in March as it’s just coming to the end of the winter period so you don’t experience the harsh, cold weather that comes in the earlier months. Yes, all of the tales you hear about how expensive it is are VERY true, but trust us, it’s worth it!

We stayed in the quirky Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina booked with which was in a perfect location. We would highly recommend this hotel. When we arrived we were told we had been upgraded to one of the King Attic Rooms which we were super happy about! Check out the view from our balcony ..

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina

Here’s a day by day summary of the things we got up to ..

Day 1 in Iceland

We arrived in Reykjavik in the afternoon so we checked in to our hotel and spent a bit of time exploring around the Marina and walked into the Centre to grab some fish and chips.

On our first night we were straight out on an excursion with Viator on a Northern Lights tour Iceland. We were picked up by bus just outside of our hotel and drove to the Þingvellir National Park. We heard from other people on the bus that this was their fifth attempt at trying to see the Northern Lights so we were not feeling very optimistic!

We stood around for a couple of hours (SO COLD) at the National Park with no sight of the lights so the driver rounded us all up and drove around half an hour away to a clearing. We were SO lucky to see the lights here, we got an amazing show! and on our first attempt too!

Northern Lights

Day 2 in Iceland

The first part of our second day was spent exploring Reykjavik. We started off in the centre with a yummy breakfast at The Laundromat Cafe. We then visited the hallgrímskirkja Church, ate donuts at Dunkin Donuts and skated around on a frozen lake!

The Laundromat Cafe

The Laundromat Cafe

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After a super fun morning exploring Reykjavik we spent our afternoon relaxing on an excursion to the famous Iceland Blue Lagoon which was included in our holiday booking. This was 100% one of the best things we have ever done. It’s such a surreal experience, being in the warm bath like water but the air around you is so cold! We loved having the natural Silica mud mask and swimming up to the bar for a drink!

iceland Blue Lagoon

Day 3 in Iceland

Our third day was spent on a Viator Golden Circle excursion. This included visiting the Gulfoss Waterfall, the Kerid Crater Lake and back to the Thingvellir National Park to experience it in the daylight.

The Gulfoss Waterfall is absolutely stunning!! We were in awe of it. It is so much bigger than you could imagine and with the snow and ice it just looks beautiful.

The Geysers at the Kerid Crater Lake were so much fun to see. Everybody is standing around with cameras at the ready waiting for them to erupt, and when they do, it’s fascinating!

We were happy to get the chance to go back to Thingvellir National Park in the day so that we could actually see more of it and it didn’t disappoint, beautiful scenery.

Overall this was an amazing day and we thoroughly recommend the Viator Golden Circle excursion.

Gulfoss Waterfall

The Geysers

Thingvellir National Park

Day 4 in Iceland

Our fourth day was spent on a Southern Iceland excursion which we booked last minute at the excursions store in the centre of Reykjavik.

We visited the Mýrdalsjökull glacier which was stunning and we had a really great, friendly tour guide that filled us in with lots of information.

We also went to the black-sand beaches and dramatic rock formations of Vik. It seemed SO strange seeing the black sand, definitely not the usual image you get when you think of a beach but it was very beautiful all the same. The sea and the waves were SO rough, we were warned not to get too close to it!

Lastly we visited the mighty Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. We got the opportunity to walk behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall which was just incredible! (We have a video on our YouTube, check it out!)

It’s a really rocky and slippery walk up to it so you have to be pretty careful and the spray from the waterfall is just crazy! But once you get up there the experience is definitely worth it, just to say you have stood behind a waterfall!

Overall our fourth and final day in Reykjavik was so much fun and we would definitely recommend this tour if you’re considering it.

How to spend 4 days in Iceland

How to spend 4 days in Iceland

How to spend 4 days in Iceland

Our trip to Iceland was one of our favourites, we had the most amazing time and were definitely not ready to come home when it was over! We feel we did everything we wanted but still could have done with a couple more days there. If you’re thinking of going, we cannot recommend it enough, we had some unforgettable experiences and created the best memory’s!

If you are visiting Iceland soon you should check out our post on How expensive is Iceland for information of just the cost of visiting

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog, we hope we have given you some ideas of what you might like to get up to on your trip to Iceland! x

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  1. Hi there! Iceland is definitely on my list, and yes, even though expensive it seems unique! Aside from that, all the people I have met from Iceland are more awesome in general than their Scandinavian counterparts.

    Smashing photos too!

    1. Thanks, please let me know if you need any information when you are booking! when are you looking at going summer or winter?

    1. It was top of our bucket list we were so happy when we got the chance to go! The northern lights were the most amazing experience we felt so lucky to get to see them and the blue lagoon was one of our favourite things of the whole trip!! Hopefully you will get the chance to tick Iceland off your bucket list soon!

  2. Island is such a wonderful country! I haven’t been there yet but `I am dreaming to go! I just don’t know if I wanna visit in summer when the weather is good or in the winter when I am gonna probably freeze but at least I would see the northern lights! But looks like you got lucky even now! Your 4 days in Iceland looks like so much fun! You’ve manage to see the must-do-see stuff ! Great photos!

    1. We were so glad we visited in the winter, it looks amazing with all of the snow and March is a great time to visit as it’s just coming out of winter so we didn’t get the harsh cold weather as you may get in December/January. It just depends on what kind of activities you would like to do when you go there! Thanks for taking the time to read our blog, we really appreciate it!

  3. I have a blogger friend who visited Iceland, and he said it’s a stunningly beautiful place. We would definitely love to visit here. I think it’s a perfect destination for us considering that we are outdoor activity enthusiasts.

  4. Great guide to a short break in Iceland! The Blue Lagoon and the hot springs are naturally go tos for any traveller there – but they are incredible every time I see them!

  5. Iceland is a place that we would love to and hope to visit someday. Of course, the Northern Lights are one of the main reasons to head to Iceland, but we realize that there is so much more to Iceland. You are really lucky to get to see the Northern Lights. We too have heard accounts of people returning back without being able to see the lights.

    1. We felt SO lucky to see the Northern Lights, especially on our first night in Iceland, it was the most amazing experience and is something we will never forget! We hope to go back there one day and hope you get to visit there too, it’s too much of a special place to miss out on!

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