3-Day Itinerary for Iceland in Winter JetSettingFools.com

3-day itinerary for Iceland In Winter

We made a last-minute decision to make a four-night stopover in Reykjavik, Iceland while flying from the Netherlands to Costa Rica. It was our first time to the island nation and our list of things we wanted to see was extensive. We had three full days to explore and we were intent on making the absolute most of our time, cramming everything we wanted to see in our 3-day itinerary for Iceland in Winter.

Our winter visit presented a few challenges. First, we had fewer hours of daylight – about seven hours total each day. On the upside, dark skies are necessary for viewing the Northern Lights, so we considered the short days to work to our advantage in that respect! Second, we had to factor in the weather. While the temperatures are actually more mild than most people would think – averaging 31*F in January – elements like wind and snow could quickly alter plans.

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The 6 Best Things to Eat in Reykjavik, Iceland JetSettingFools.com

The 6 best things to eat in Reykjavik, Iceland (and what it cost!)

Hot dogs, fish, soup, yogurt, tomatoes and orange soda. It doesn’t sound like much, but these are the six best things to eat in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Due to the isolation and harsh winters of an island nation, the national cuisine in Iceland ranges from fairly basic and expected to creative and downright strange. The remoteness also makes it outrageously expensive. We attempted to keep our budget in check and still get a taste of Iceland cuisine and we think we succeeded in finding six of the best things to eat in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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3 Places to Drink Local Beer in Reykjavik, Iceland JetSettingFools.com

3 places to drink local beer in Reykjavik, Iceland

Stay out of the bars. That’s the #1 tip for budget travelers visiting Iceland. The best budget tip for those wanting to imbibe in Iceland and to save money is to purchase alcohol at the duty-free shop at the airport on arrival. While we clearly fall into the Budget Traveler category, there was zero chance we were going to bypass trying a few local brews at a pub. It is, after all, our preferred method of meeting and mingling with locals. We sacrificed the budget and found 3 places to drink local beer in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Iceland's South Coast Reynisdrangar from Vik Black Sand Beach

Iceland’s South Coast: A Daytrip from Reykjavik

On our first full day in Iceland, we toured the sights on the Golden Circle. We were blown away by the natural beauty of the country – and we were only seeing a small piece of it. By the end of our tour, we knew we had to experience more of Iceland. On the bus ride back to Reykjavik, we booked a second tour with Reykjavik Excursions for the following day to explore Iceland’s South Coast.

The tour itinerary to Iceland’s South Coast listed five sights and was slightly more adventurous than the Golden Circle (but not so adventurous that we needed special gear). We would see two waterfalls, take a hike through snow to see a glacier, spend time on two black sand beaches and visit a folk museum.

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