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Iceland..what to do with one day in Iceland?

I cannot find any info on Iceland in the Rick Steves menus.

Can anyone tell me what you would do with one day in Iceland?
In very late September?


Posted by
154 posts

Hello Joni,

With one day you will either have to focus your time in Reykjavik's city center or perhaps do a day tour such as the Golden Circle (National Park, Geysers and a huge waterfall). I personally would just focus on Reykjavik which has nice harbor scenery, museums and good places to eat. Since we don't research Iceland we don't have any "Rick Recommendations" but I have visited and Rick also has blog posts where he discussed different areas he visited ( If you have a flight that is later in the day/evening then I would try to visit the Blue Lagoon before you fly out since it is near Keflavik airport.

Posted by
1292 posts

We spent 3 days in Iceland, My favorite day was the Golden circle tour. We did it with a car, but many tour operators offer one day tours. It was my favorite, because we got to see some of the beautiful scenery and interesting landscapes in Iceland. I would use the evening to walk around Reykjavik. It is small and very walkable. We did visit the National museum one of the days it rained. but with one day, I would go out and see some of the country!!

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68 posts

I thought that the Blue Lagoon was very nice and relaxing. There is also a nice Viking museum. The Icelanic people that we met were really nice and friendly. Another plus is that almost everyone above 10 we met spoke english (because their TV is not dubbed they spoke with an American accent). They do like to party there late but were some of the nicest people I met. Its also very expensive for anything (food, beer, activities). I think that you can also go whale watching or deep sea fishing if you don't get sea sick.
Enjoy Reykjavik

Posted by
8994 posts

I would like to go up to Iceland for a couple of days with 2 main goals. One is go out riding on the Iceland Horses and Two, to see the Northern Lights. Some spa time would be great too of course.

Is going towards the end of Nov. better than lets say Feb. or March both weather wise and chances of seeing the Northern Lights? I know both of these are a guesstimation anyway but would like to hear from others who have gone riding, perhaps some recommendations for which company, as well as a night tour.

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We went on a whale watching tour. Saw a ton of puffins, a few porpoises, and two whales in the distance. Our tour was one in which you don't chase the whales. If they swim away, you let them go. Blue lagoon would be cool...we did not have time. Downtown Rejkavik was nice too. I grabbed a bunch of brochures from our hotel; I can't wait to go back and do a volcano tour or a biking tour around the island. Lots to do.