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Iceland

My wife and I scheduled a two-day layover in Reykjavik in late-August on our way to Stockholm. What would be the best use of our time for places to visit that can be reached by bus/taxi from Reykjavik (we won’t have a rental car). We’re not big on tours but if there is a tour that is not too “toury” (that is to say too many stops with hardly any time at any one stop) we would consider such. We’d like to book a treatment at the Blue Lagoon (or other place we’re not yet aware of). Any advice on where to go for an “in-water massage” (or other similar indigenous spa treatment)? Last, any suggestions would be welcomed on where to have dinner.

Posted by
5019 posts

All I can tell you is: bring lots of money. Not an inexpensive place to be. Enjoy.

Posted by
3246 posts

We loved the Blue Lagoon. We had in-water massages there, rubbed the silica on us, and generally reveled in the hot water. We had lunch and bought some products that I wish we could buy here. You can spend hours there and I think you can have dinner in a nice restaurant instead of the cafeteria. Just Google it and swoon.

We stayed in Keflavik, so I can't help with personal restaurant experience for Reykjavik. I can tell you that we were there the first week of September and it was quite chilly.

Posted by
7640 posts

I have been looking at the Icelandic Horse tours, which look like so much fun. Watching the videos makes me want to book a flight right now. They have morning tours combined with a spa visit in the afternoon, or evening tours.
http://islenskihesturinn.is/

Check out all the other activities on Trip Advisor. The forum on Fodors has lots of information about Iceland too.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g189970-Activities-c42-Reykjavik_Capital_Region.html

http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/iceland/

Tried to get a dedicated thread going about Iceland on this forum, but no luck so far.

Posted by
252 posts

Hi there,

What do you mean by toury? Touristy/packed with tourists?
If so, do not go to the Blue Lagoon. Of course, the Lagoon is nice and worth going to. Do not get me wrong. I did like it.
But there is so much more to Iceland. I would suggest doing the Jokursarlon Glacier tour. It put the ice in Iceland for me. I did not find the sights too crowded even if I went there in July. I am not typically a tour person either...I rather do all on my own by bus/train. But in this case car rental would have been the best...and I did not feel like renting a car.
Oh and yes, you can have in water massage at the Blue Lagoon. Bring your $$$ like first advice given mentions.
Good luck!