48 hours in Iceland – How to make a many of a brief mangle on a enchanting island

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Wrap adult warm, enclose your hiking boots and get prepared for a ambience of adventure… and toxic shark. If we dare.

In only 3 hours we can jet from London to a wilds of Iceland retracing a stairs of your favourite Game of Thrones characters and shower in some epic sights.

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On my approach to New York recently we motionless to take advantage of WOW Air’s giveaway stopover in Reykjavik.

From exploring imperishable seashore to navigating erupting geysers and roaming fermented shark, we detected there’s an contentment of activity we can container into 48 hours on a tiny Scandinavian island, that measures only 233 miles far-reaching and 139 miles long.

Here’s my recommendations of a tip things to see and do in only dual days. (For a squeamish, omit a uncanny food section).

Getting around

On alighting during Keflavík International Airport there is a convey train watchful to hail passengers from any flight.

It takes around 45 mins to get into city after changing coaches during a executive depot. Conveniently a train drops people during their hotels sparse opposite a city.

The vehicles are embellished out with giveaway Wi-Fi too. A one-way outing with FlyBus costs £21. The city itself is simply passable by foot.

To stay

48 hours in Iceland - How to make a many of a brief mangle on a enchanting island
(Picture: Sadie Whitelocks)

There are a far-reaching operation of accommodation options in Reykjavik though we checked into Hotel Borg.

The 99-room homestay, that is one of a taller buildings in a city, was non-stop in 1930 by Jóhannes Jósefsson, a famous strong-man and adventurer.

The place is embellished out with a operation of kooky Art Deco details, with lashings of black marble, dozens of universe lights and bronze sculptures of superb ladies.

You can cushion any time we like, though we can never leave

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I found it to be a good bottom in a heart of a city with accessible staff prepared to assistance with all requests.

Bonuses enclosed a estimable breakfast smorgasboard and groundwork spa. we met a integrate who pronounced they’d rented an Airbnb, so that could be another choice if operative to a budget.

To eat

48 hours in Iceland - How to make a many of a brief mangle on a enchanting island
The aristocrat crab legs during The Fish Market were a prominence (Picture: Sadie Whitelocks)

Rekjavik has a bustling grill stage and there are a operation of options to fit all tastes from prohibited dog stands and American diners to normal fish shops and sushi.

On my initial night in Reykjavik, feeling graceful voracious after a full day tour, we headed to a newly non-stop Mat Bar.

I couldn’t suggest this place rarely enough. The atmosphere is on indicate and a Italian-Icelandic alloy tapas is a feast for a senses. The punchy negronis also get a thumbs up.

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The negronis are great, though during around £18 each, they’re not cheap! (Picture: Sadie Whitelocks)

On a second night we checked out one of a tip spots in town, The Fish Market. This hip place, owned by Icelandic TV cook Hrefna Rósa Sætran is a must-visit. we consider we had my best plate ever to date, a gigantic platter of aristocrat crab legs that were positively divine.

Another prominence enclosed a super uninformed platter of sashimi cleared down with a honeyed glug of sake.

To see

48 hours in Iceland - How to make a many of a brief mangle on a enchanting island
The landscape is both barren and pleasing (Picture: Sadie Whitelocks)

On my initial day in Iceland we requisitioned a full-day outing called a The Wonders of Reykjanes with Reykjavik Excursions.

I was picked adult during 8am from my hotel before attack a engorgement of sites including a geothermal energy plant, a trace of geysers and Strandakirkja, one of a island’s richest churches.

48 hours in Iceland - How to make a many of a brief mangle on a enchanting island
It’s small, though rich (Picture: Sadie Whitelocks)

A stop along a imperishable seashore was a prominence with an event to watch a gannet race ducking and diving into a icy waves below.

We also had deliciously warming wedges of homemade cake and prohibited chocolate during a cosy grill in a pier environment of Grindavík.

The extensive debate came to an finish during 5pm with everybody forsaken behind during their particular hotels in town.

For song buffs

48 hours in Iceland - How to make a many of a brief mangle on a enchanting island
Harpa unison gymnasium is overwhelming (Picture: Getty)

If you’re a fan of Icelandic song – consider Bjork, Sigur Ros and Of Monsters And Men – afterwards a considerable Harpa unison hall is a must-see.

I was told by an insider that a considerable contemporary structure cost an eye-watering £15 billion to build over a four-year period. But a potion and steel is truly pioneering and a pattern sum will keep we entertained for hours.

Be certain to book in allege as many concerts sell out.

Bar crawl

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On my initial night in Reykjavik, following a debate of a island’s landscape, we requisitioned myself on to a bar yield with Your Friend in Reykjavik.

I would rarely suggest this beer-drinking ridicule (which costs only underneath £40) as a approach of fast exploring a city and creation new friends.

We met a accessible beam Valur during 5pm and strike 4 opposite bars in a space of 2.5 hours. I’m not a fan of drink though Valur comparison ales for us to representation and we indeed found myself enjoying a few of a some-more caramelly ones.

The bars we strike enclosed a Sweet Pig, that is oozing with character. Look out for a wall-mounted pig’s conduct ornate with a fibre of bullion pearls.

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The Micro Bar was another mark we visited. The subterraneous haunt facilities prolonged dais tables and graceful low light with musty song environment a tone.

We were told that Saturday nights in Reykjavik are quite buzzing, with many places staying open until 4am.

Weird foods

48 hours in Iceland - How to make a many of a brief mangle on a enchanting island
Puffin is eaten in Iceland, notwithstanding being a stable class in countries including a UK (Picture: Getty)

There are an contentment of peculiar dishes to representation in Iceland. Being a graceful barren place, it appears a islanders scavenged a land for delicacies.

Many places list puffin on a menu. we attempted smoked puffin breast during a Fish Market grill that tasted like kidney crossed with liver.

I also systematic a apportionment of Minke Whale, with a dim beef served somewhat seared.

A reduction savoury normal provide is fermented shark. we had a punch of it during Icelandic Fish Chips and had to follow a toxic tasting white strength with prohibited H2O and lemon.

48 hours in Iceland - How to make a many of a brief mangle on a enchanting island
Not amatory a fermented shark (Picture: Sadie Whitelocks)

I didn’t get around to sampling horse, though a internal told me a Sweet Pig does a ‘cracking’ equine dish.

Hot springs

48 hours in Iceland - How to make a many of a brief mangle on a enchanting island
The Blue Lagoon is value a visit, so book in advance! (Picture: Getty)

Be warned to book tickets to a Blue Lagoon good in allege as they sell out quick. Low and spy there were nothing left when we inquired final minute.

For those incompetent to obstacle spots there are countless thermal swimming pools sparse opposite town. we went to check out one watering hole and found it bustling with locals in a know.

The Álftanes Pool includes a categorical swimming pool and several prohibited tubs naturally exhilarated to varying temperatures.

These inner-city spots competence not be anywhere as scenic as a Blue Lagoon though they get a pursuit done.

Whale watching

48 hours in Iceland - How to make a many of a brief mangle on a enchanting island
Whales are in contentment in Iceland (Picture: Getty)

If you’re penetrating to check out some sea movement there are daily whale examination tours withdrawal from a categorical harbor. If we don’t see anything we are given a giveaway sheet that is valid, I’m told, for adult to dual years.

For those looking for a some-more cost and time effective sea life adventure, conduct to a Whales of Iceland exhibit. The show, that costs £20 per chairman and is staged inside a hulk storage unit, includes 23 of a opposite whale class found in Iceland.

48 hours in Iceland - How to make a many of a brief mangle on a enchanting island
Part of a Wales of Iceland vaunt (Picture: Sadie Whitelocks)

The models, that paint a mammals’ genuine size, are dangling from a roof and whale sounds are played via a building. This would be a good activity to do with children, generally if a continue is bad.

Northern Lights

48 hours in Iceland - How to make a many of a brief mangle on a enchanting island
Iceland’s northern lights are implausible – if we go during a right time of year (Picture: Getty)

I wasn’t propitious adequate to see a Northern Lights during my 48 hours in Iceland though a best time to see them is between Sep to mid-April.

Reykjavik Excursions offers a outing divided from a city heat to get some-more heated sightings of a Aurora Borealis. If we don’t see a healthy light uncover we can join a subsequent outing giveaway of charge.

The three-hour turn journey, that departs during 10pm, costs £50 per person.

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