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24 hours in Iceland

We are arriving in Iceland following a Rick Steves tour of of Italy, followed by a stop in Germany for the Passion Play. We will arrive at Keflavik 4pm, leave the next day at 4:45pm. When we booked flights it looked like a great idea (cheapest way home), but now the planning has started on how to make the most of our time! First thoughts are to stay at the Aurora Hotel at KEF Terminal, go to the Blue Lagoon that evening, and try to do a 4 hour trip the next day. Has anyone done something similar?

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I stayed at the Aurora Hotel just prior to the pandemic and will be there again in a couple of weeks. It's literally a three minute walk from the terminal. It's basic, nothing fancy, but it was clean.

You can easily pick up a bus from the airport to the Blue Lagoon. I don't know what other tours are availale from the airport.

Alternatively, you could take the Flybus into Reykjavik after your flight, spend the evening and morning sightseeing, then catch the Flybus back to Keflavik for your return home. This would mean skipping the Blue Lagoon.

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You have a few good options.

1--Rent a car, go to the Blue Lagoon upon arrival, drive the Reykjanes Peninsula in the morning before you need to return the car.

2--Take the Flybus into Reykjavik wander and have dinner, or do a food tour, hit a local pool. In the morning rent a car right in town there and drive the Reykjanes Peninsula before dropping the car at the airport.

3-Flybus to Reykjavik again, just wander Reykjavik in the evening and then do the Sky Lagoon in the morning before returning to the airport.

4--any sort of combo of these, but you get the idea.

A local pool in town that we really enjoyed was Sundhollin. It was only about 2 blocks from the hotel we were at on our last trip and we loved it. You could do that in the evening or the morning ,as they are open late and open early.

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I was in Iceland for just under 24 hours. Here is what I did.
1) Took the bus to my hotel in Reykjavik. Walked around the town and went up the Hallgrimskirkja tower. Had a leisurely dinner.
2) The next day, went to Blue Lagoon. I did one of the package deals that included shuttle and bus from hotel to Blue Lagoon, visit to Blue Lagoon, and then bus to airport.

When I was there, I couldn’t find a day trip with timing that worked (I think my flight was earlier in the afternoon).