I was searching through Google flights one night and randomly saw Iceland tickets for the weekend for only $200. You better believe we jumped on this even with only 4 days notice. After extensive research and talking with friends that had visited I created a walkthrough of how we traveled Southern Iceland in this middle of Winter in only a weekend. Some of you might think this is impossible, but we had more than enough time to hit up some of the most breath taking spots. Of course this required having good time management and a lot of planning. We searched for waterfalls, geysers and glaciers in Iceland and had such a fun trip.
We arrived in Reykjavik at 5am and immediately started driving to our first spot of the day, the famous Skógafoss. We drove for 2 hours and waited until the sun came out. We had totally forgotten that the suns goes up at around 10am in the winter haha. It was beyond freezing when we got there. When the sun started rising, we got out of the car and started to approach the falls. The winds that form from the falls are insanely powerful. You can feel them all over your body. Make sure you being some heavy duty snow jackets if you go in the winter.
This was a spot that was recommended to us as a must go to. It's probably the most beautiful beach I've been too with unique rock formations. It was only a couple minutes from Skogafoss too which was really convenient. Bring some good shoes here and don't turn your back because those waves are powerful.
After exploring black sand beach, we started heading to our next spot. Needless to say our drive was scenic wherever we went. We stopped to touch ponies on the side of the road. We were obsessed
We stopped at Seljalandsfoss on the way back to our airbnb in Reykjavik. You can walk behind the falls and you will feel an insane energy. Be prepared to get a bit wet - wear waterproof trousers!- and hiking boots essential.
The Golden Circle includes 3 spots: Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. We didn't get a chance to go to the national park due to time but we got to experience the other two. Just the drive alone along the roads are mind blowing.
We bought tickets to the Blue Lagoon for our final day. Blue lagoon is the geothermal spa where superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. We booked the tickets to go an hour before sunset. This gave us enough time to drive back from Gullfoss and also allowed us to capture some really nice photos. The timing worked out perfectly. With cotton candy clouds and relaxing warm waters, this spot made the best end to the trip. There is even a bar on the water where you can grab smoothies, wine or beer ;)
Here is a little trip video we made!