4 Day Iceland Itinerary

When Visited?

December

Price Point?

Average

Travel Size?

Solo Female

Duration?

4 Days

About My Trip

I traveled to Iceland solo for 4 days, end of 2016 – and I absolutely fell in love with this country! I found my flight to Iceland on a random summer day as I was searching on Google Flights for cheap destinations. I remembered seeing a deal with Travelzoo to Iceland and I thought “Hm, I’ve never been there! Let me check flight prices,”…usually how my travel planning works (click here for my exact steps to finding cheap flights). I found that the flight prices from NYC to Iceland really varied depending on the weekend, from $296 to over a thousand dollars! I found a round-trip flight with WOW Air for the first weekend in December for $296, so I bought it that second!

Other than the cheap flights, I knew nothing about the cost of living in Iceland. And let me tell you, it is not cheap! I quickly found out that Iceland’s cost of living is very very high – like $12 for a box of cereal high. I wanted to keep this trip on a budget, and since I would be traveling solo I didn’t mind looking at hostel options. The hostels I found were more expensive than in other countries; however, they all looked beautiful and super clean. I ended up booking with Reykjavik Downtown Hostel that offers both shared and private rooms.

If you are traveling in the summer, I would recommend you rent a car as you’ll be able to visit the main points of attraction outside of the city center on your own time. If you are traveling in the winter, and solo as I was, I would advise you not rent a car and stick to organized tours. I’m not usually a fan of organized tours, but given the extreme weather conditions (we saw several buses flipped on their side due to the harsh road conditions) and my short time in Iceland, this was really the best option – and I’m really glad I did!

Of course, there is a lot to see in this beautiful country, but if you are traveling for 4 days, this itinerary will ensure you experience all of the highlights!

Sights I Recommend?

Must-See

Top Things To Do & See In Iceland

Explore Reykjavik city center. Walk through the neighborhoods, making your way to points of attraction:
❅ Hallgrimskirkja,
❅ The Sun Voyager sculpture,
❅ Reykjavik Cathedral,
❅ Parliament building,
❅the Concert Hall Harpa, among others.

How I Got To Reykjavik?

Round-Trip Flight

Price: $401.96/h5>
Flight Path

New York, NY [Newark Airport] → Reykjavik, Iceland (WOW Air)

Rating:

★★★☆☆

Review

Review: This was my first time flying with WOW Air. It is a budget airline, so everything they offer on board (food and beverages) are at a cost.

The flight itself was a bit unsteady, which I am not sure if it had to do with their super young pilots or just the air conditions at the time.

How I Got Into The City?

Mode: Flybus (Reykjavik Excursions)
Price: $40
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: Great way to get from the airport into the city and/or hotel.

Large, luxury buses with wifi onboard. Ride is about 45 minutes into the city center.

Where I Stayed?

Hostel

Reykjavik Downtown Hostel

Breakfast Incl.: No
Room Type: Shared room (10 bed mixed dorm)
Price: $44/night
Rating: ★★★★★

Details & Review

1 Guest | 3 Nights
Review: Great hostel! More expensive than hostels in other cities, but for Reykjavik it was one of the more affordable ones that was also in a perfect location!

Accommodations were super comfortable and clean. The staff was very accommodating upon my 4am arrival and let me nap in their guest house/common area until my bed was ready.

What I Did?

Activities

Iceland Activities

Golden Circle Tour with Reykjavik Excursions

Price: $80
Rating: ★★★★★

ℹ: Day 1

Review

Review: Pickup time is 30mins before departure at your hotel.

We visited the Friðheimar greenhouse, the UNESCO site Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and the famous Gullfoss waterfall.

So many beautiful, iconic spots in one day!

Northern Lights Tour with Reykjavik Excursions

Price: $50
Rating: ★★★★☆

ℹ: Day 1

Review

Review: My tour was unfortunately postponed the three nights I was there due to the visibility, which I was super bummed about.

But they reimbursed me, since the tour didn’t happen those three nights.

City Walk Free Walking Tour

Price: FREE
Rating: ★★★★★

☙ Although it is free, booking reservations are mandatory and enforced.
ℹ: Day 2

Review

Review: Pickup time is 30mins before departure at your hotel.

We visited the Friðheimar greenhouse, the UNESCO site Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and the famous Gullfoss waterfall.

So many beautiful, iconic spots in one day!

GoEcco One-day Ice Cave and Glacier Lagoon Express Tour

Price: $385
Rating: ★★★★★

ℹ: Day 3

Review

Review: If you are in Iceland for a short trip this is the perfect (and one of the only) one-day tours that takes you ice caving and to the Glacier Lagoon (two of my absolute favorite parts of my whole Iceland trip!).

The journey is long, so come prepared with lots of comfy layers, snacks, and fully charged electronics (and backup chargers).

After a few hours on the road our first stop was Skogafoss Waterfall, followed by Black Sand Beach, Laki Lava Field, Skeidarasandur black desert, Vatnajökull Glacier (Europe’s largest glacier), the famous glacier lagoon Jökulsarlon and Crystal Beach.

The tour highlight for me was the ice caving at Vatnajökull Glacier.

On the long journey back to Reykjavik we stopped at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which is illuminated with floodlights at night.

Review

Review: Pick-up is at your hotel at 7am. Blue Lagoon entrance fee is included in tour package.

Enjoy being one of the first at the Blue Lagoon and experiencing it in darkness and as the sun rises!

Flybus drop-off at Airport (included in Flybus/Blue Lagoon ticket) leave every two hours from 10am-4pm.

Where We Ate?

Restaurants

Bergsson Mathus

Price Point: $$
Rating: ★★★★★

ℹ: Day 1

Review

Review: If you’re a breakfast lover, go for the traditional Bergsson Brunch.

It’s quite pricey at kr. 2,490 ($24 USD), but the amount of food you get should tie you over through lunch!

Icelandic Street Food

Price Point: $
Rating: ★★★★★

ℹ: Day 1

Review

Review: If you’re a breakfast lover, go for the traditional Bergsson Brunch.

It’s quite pricey at kr. 2,490 ($24 USD), but the amount of food you get should tie you over through lunch!

The Laundromat Cafe

Price Point: $
Rating: ★★★★★

ℹ: Day 2

Stofan Cafe

Price Point: $
Rating: ★★★★★

ℹ: Day 2

Review

Review: Get yourself a hot soup of the day with the most delicious homemade bread!

Perfect for the super cold weather.

Icelandic Fish & Chips

Price Point: $$
Rating: ★★★★☆

ℹ: Day 2

Review

Review: They offer 3 different fresh fish of the day.

I went with the cod and crispy potatoes.

Baejarins Beztu Pylsur

Price Point: $
Rating: ★★★☆☆

ℹ: Day 2

Review

Review: Try the famous Icelandic hotdogs at Baejarins Beztu Pylsur.

These hotdogs are made with lamb and pork, and the toppings include a sweet brown mustard, ketchup, raw and fried crunchy onions.

I may have been the only person who wasn’t crazy about them…but you should definitely give them a try!

Sandholt Bakery

Price Point: $
Rating: ★★★★★

ℹ: Day 3

Review

Review: Not only is this place super cute, but you’ll be drooling over their entire bakery selection!

Braud & Co

Price Point: $
Rating: ★★★★★

☙ Try their famous cinnamon rolls!
ℹ: Day 4

Review

Review: Not only is this place super cute, but you’ll be drooling over their entire bakery selection!

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