To kick off our 4 month trip abroad to Europe, my sister and I chose to have a 3 day layover in Iceland before heading to London, UK. (You can book a flight with a free layover up to 7 days through Icelandair) We stayed in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Even though it's the largest city in Iceland it was still quite small, and we could walk around the whole city in a day. This was pretty ideal since we had limited time and we wanted to squeeze in as much sight seeing as possible!
We took an overnight flight from Toronto to Reykjavik, and arrived early in the morning to our hostel, Hlemmur Square (though it felt like the middle of the night since the time change). We couldn't check in to our room until 3pm so we mustered up the little energy we had, ate some breakfast and walked around the city.
We really lucked out with weather! We had sun and blue skies for most of our trip. Since it was beautiful out, we first headed to the water and walked by the Sun Voyager statue up to the Harpa Concert Hall. We wandered around the city and eventually stopped to grab a coffee at a cute Parisian inspired cafe.
The first day we were exhausted, and neither of us slept much during the flight. We crashed in our hostel in the late afternoon and picked up a few groceries that evening. We called it an early night because we planned to drive around other parts of Iceland the next day.
This was by far my favourite day! Even though we woke up early (not sure when, I just remember it was still dark outside) to go pick up our rental car.
We drove to Seljalandsfoss waterfall and Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, which took us the whole day, and a LOT of driving. There are sooo many beautiful sights to see around Iceland, but we only had one day with the car and we wanted to be back before it was dark. My sister and I captured lots of stunning photos (and I got some sweet drone footage for the vlog! PS. this was also my FIRST time flying it... maybe not the best idea, but oh well!)
Even though we were in Iceland in August, it was still chilly outside compared to Canada's summer (it was around 15 degrees celsius). And the sun didn't set until 10pm-ish, so we had like a 15 hour day of sightseeing and driving.
We ended this day by ME getting lost in the city ALONE at night trying to find Domino's pizza haha (we were starving and the food in Iceland was priceyyyy, so pizza was actually one of the more affordable options).
Finally, a less exhausting day! We didn't have much planned besides more exploring Reykjavik. We went to the top of Hallgrímskirkja church (this has the most stunning and iconic view of the city!) and that evening we went to the Blue Lagoon.
This was the perfect way to end our short visit and unwind before catching our flight to London the next day. Even though it's touristy, I highly recommend going to the lagoon. You will be cold the rest of your trip, this will be your chance to unthaw ;)
Watch the vlog below to see the highlights of our trip!