If you are flying with Iceland Air, you have the great opportunity to make a Stopover in Iceland on your way to your destination in Europe or North America. Without paying any additional airfares, it will be just like having two vacations for one!
Your Iceland Stopover can last one, two, three or more days and there are many things you can do to make the most of your time in Iceland.
Choose from a wide range of day tours to explore Iceland during your Stopover and have the adventures of a lifetime!
I believe there are at least 10 reasons why you should add an Iceland Stopover to your vacation.
1. HARPA AND HALLGRÍMSKIRKJA
Harpa is Reykjavik’s music hall, a beautiful glass building from which you have amazing views of the harbor and the bay. I love going there to watch the sunset, and they are of course always hosting concerts and shows.
Hallgrímskirkja is Reykjavik’s famous big church on top of the hill downtown. Take some time to go to the top of the tower and enjoy the spectacular view of Reykjavik’s streets and colorful houses, especially nice in sunny weather.
2. THE ICELANDIC HOT-DOGS
Icelandic hot dogs are said to be the best in the world. Made mostly from Icelandic lamb, they are served with ketchup, a special type of mustard, both fresh and fried onions and remoulade. They are a perfect snack after your sightseeing around Reykjavik and they are definitely a must.
They are very popular among Icelanders and tourists alike, try them and you will understand why!
3. ICELAND’S AMAZING SCENERY
You have certainly seen pictures before and I can guarantee Icelandic landscapes do not need filters or photo-shop to look amazing.
Iceland’s glaciers, lava fields, hot springs, icebergs, volcanoes, and colorful mountains will leave you speechless and will make you want to come back to Iceland over and over again.
4. THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
If you don’t mind the crowds, the popular Golden Circle is a great tour for a short Iceland Stopover. You will see some of Iceland’s best wonders: Geysir, beautiful Gullfoss, and Thingvellir National Park, where the North American and the European tectonic plates are drifting apart. Popular but absolutely unmissable!
Check out our amazing Premium Golden Circle Tour to visit all these beautiful places, with a hot surprise!
5. THE BLUE LAGOON
Not far from Keflavik International Airport, the Blue Lagoon is a great place where you can relax and bathe in Icelandic mineral-rich geothermal water. Grab a drink in the pool and put some silica on your face, to make your Stopover special.
As this is a very touristy place, make sure you book your ticket in advance!
For some sightseeing, I recommend our Premium Reykjanes Tour + Blue Lagoon. This is a great way to explore Iceland’s oldest geothermal area and end the day relaxing in the Blue Lagoon.
6. JOIN SOME EXCITING ACTIVITIES
Glacier hiking, snowmobiling, snorkeling, horse riding, explore lava or ice caves…Iceland has it all.
Make sure you join some fun activity during your Iceland Stopover.
There is a great range of fun activities to choose from to make your Iceland Stopover even more exciting and unforgettable. My favorite? I don’t have one, I think they are all great!
So get ready and check some of them out here!
7. SEE SOME AMAZING WATERFALLS
Iceland has some of the most mesmerizing waterfalls you will ever see.
Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Brúarfoss, and Skógafoss in the South, Hraunfoss in the West, Dettifoss in the North, Svartifoss in the South-East are just some of the many beautiful waterfalls Iceland has to offer. During your Iceland Stopover, use your time wisely and visit some of these amazing waterfalls.
8. MEET THE GIANTS OF THE OCEANS
Whale watching is a popular activity in Iceland all year round. From Reykjavik’s old harbor, you can take a tour where expert guides will tell you about these beautiful animals while you try to spot them in the open sea. Sailing close to one of these giants is possibly one of the best experiences you will ever live.
You can check out this Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik, available all year round.
9. EXCITING EVENTS
Despite the isolation, some great events are always happening in Iceland. Concerts, art openings, sports events, cultural events, film festivals…there is always something for everybody in Iceland in every season! You will not get bored during your Stopover.
10. MEET THE LOCALS
Iceland is not only about nature, but it is also about the people. You can join the Icelanders in one of the many cafes downtown Reykjavik, or at one of the public swimming pools, or maybe in a pub downtown during happy-hour. If you are lucky enough to be in Reykjavik over a weekend, make sure you experience the wild Icelandic nightlife! It will be something you will never forget!
So, if you want to break your journey, an Iceland Stopover is a great idea to try something different and explore Iceland, a country like no other.
For special tours, check our Tailor Made Tours and email us with what you would like to see. We will create an itinerary based on your interest and time in Iceland and take you on the trip of a lifetime.
Are you ready? Fun and happiness are guaranteed!