Let’s say you’re flying from Europe to America and decide to have a short layover in Iceland, this beautiful and remote place in middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With its stunning landscapes and various cultural events, the country gives us endless possibilities to kill time. Here are some tips what to do to make the most of your short stopover:
- Grab a scoop of ice-cream while sightseeing: Icelanders are known for eating ice-cream all the time, regardless of the weather conditions. It’s time to follow this tradition and walk around the city’s most famous landmarks – Tjörnin, Harpa, Sun Voyager, Hallgrímskirkja, Höfði – while eating a cone of tasty sweetness.
- All that jazz: as the density of musicians per square meter is as of a massive festival like Coachella or Glastonbury, it’s very likely that you’ll bump into a concert while walking around the city in the evening. Be it jazz, electronic, or a country singer accompanied by a guitar, just grab a drink, relax, and enjoy the performance!
- Burning wine and hákarl: Brennivín, Iceland’s signature alcoholic beverage isn’t called burning wine by chance: you will most likely nail you in the head very quickly. A recommended side dish is the famous fermented shark, but beware of the strong ammonia smell which is the after-effect of the fermentation process. What a delish combination!
- Go and find that hot spring: there are many hidden treasures in the countryside, including natural hot pots, where you can soak for hours under the open sky. Day tour idea: rent a car, drive around the Þingvellir National Park, see a geyser explode, have a meal by the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall and finish with a splash in one of the many hot rivers.
- Look up the sky: it doesn’t matter if it’s in the middle of the summer with the eternal brightness and Midnight Sun that paints the sky with the most dazzling colours, or the winter with the Northern Lights that take your breath. If the sky is not covered by a thick coat of clouds, it’s very likely that you’ll see something up there that you won’t’ soon forget.
+1. If you long for something extraordinary: check out the exhibition at The Icelandic Phallological Museum. It contains a collection of more than 215 penises including whale, polar bear, and even human parts. In the phallus store you can select from different types of souvenirs to take home. Maybe a shot of Brennivín is a good idea to help with the aftershock.