Things I Will Do in Iceland

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
I'm just under 3 weeks away from leaving. And I'm pretty excited, as well as nervous. With that, I decided to create a new word: Excivous. 

All hotels are booked, as well as the rental car . Because I'm only there for 6 nights, I will be moving around A LOT and practically living out of my rental car. I'm ok with this, as I want to see as much as possible. I will not be able to drive the Ring Road (Rte 1, main road) around the whole country, but if all goes well, should see a decent amount. I will get to the South and Southeast, as well as West Iceland. 

Besides visiting some of the major tourist attractions, like Þingvellir National Park (Thing-vell-ear), Gullfoss (waterfall), Geysir, Jokulsarlon (Yo-kul-sar-lon), things in Reykjavik (Rake-ya-veek), Skogafoss (waterfall), Snæfellsnes (Sneye-fells-ness) Peninsula, and the Blue Lagoon, there are some other sites that I'm super excited about. They include: 

- Laugarvatn Fontana: Laugarvatn is a little village near a lake (vatn=lake), close to Gullfoss and Geysir. LF is a collection of geothermal baths, steam rooms and a sauna. If that isn't awesome enough, you can also do a geothermal bakery tour, where bread is baked and pulled out of the earth to sample . How cool is that? 
- The only "excursion" I'm really planning is a horse riding tour in Snæfellsnes, at a place called Lysuholl. I'll be spending 3 nights on this western peninsula, and horseback riding looks like a "must do." Icelandic horses are pretty unique and bred in country. It's part of Icelandic law that horses from other countries are not allowed in, and once an Icelandic horse leaves the country, it can't come back. They also have a special kind of gait (walk) called the tölt. It's supposed to be used for acceleration and speed.  

- Flatey Island can be reached by ferry from Stykkishólmur, a cute fishing/harbor town of 1,100 inhabitants. I will be spending two nights in Stykk. Weather permitting, I'm hoping to take a ferry to the very uninhabited island of Flatey (means "flat island"). It says that two families live here permanently. Yes, two. It has more tourists in the summer, but only two families live on the island year-round. It's supposed to have a feel like you're stepping back in time . I'm really hoping I can spend a few hours here. 

These are just a few of the highlights. Every day should bring something new and exciting! 

And yet people ask me ...."What will you do in Iceland?"  



Hey Jamie

Have you learnt the icelandic language yet? Will you need to?

Do they provide you a GPS with your hired car?


I have been practicing some greetings, but I think most people speak English. I'm guessing I will have to pay extra for the GPS. lol

Emily R.

You know I am going to want to see tons of picures. Especially of the horses. And the bread. Haha! I can't wait to hear about your adventures!


I was bummed when I read the bread tours were at 3 pm every day, because I won't arrive until later. But I emailed the spa and they told me I could still see the bread on my own. Just have to ask when I get there. :)