MUST DO THINGS
The Icelandic Phallological Museum - The world’s largest display of penises…maybe not a family activity, but after traveling so far you might as well see everything right?
Blue Lagoon Spa - One of the 25 wonders of the world. This is a must do! The water is rich in minerals and silica which will leave your body and skin feeling refreshed. We always spend a day soaking in the hot water before starting our road trip around the Ring Road.
Note 1: You NEED to book in advance. Do it months in advance to get the date and time that you want. It is kind of pricey, but it includes a robe rental, one alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, entry to the pool, and a face mask while in the Blue Lagoon.
Note 2: If you have long hair, lather it in conditioner without rinsing, wear it up in a bun and be careful of getting it in the water. The natural silica will dry it out and give it a rubbery texture for a while.
Note 3: You can bring your camera or phone into the lagoon at your own risk. We’ve used our Canon 5D Mark III in the Blue Lagoon with our Outex underwater housing and it did great, but just be aware that silica can do things to certain types of rubber and also make metal threads in camera gear stick. The best and easiest option is to order an iPhone dry bag/underwater housing similar to this one from Eddie Bauer.
Icelandic Mountain Guides Skaftafell - Walk on Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. They provide crampons (spikes that attach to the soles of your hiking boots) and an ice axe. We did the Blue Ice Experience which was about 3-3.5 hours long. This was for sure a highlight of our trip and an opportunity for some epic adventure photos!
Glacier Lagoon Zodiac Boat Tour - We did the Zodiac Boat Tour which is about 1 hour long. They take you out in a small group and get you really close to the glaciers that are far from the shore. At one point you will be up close to a huge glacier wall from the massive Vatnajökull glacier. If you’re lucky, you might see a chunk of wall fall into the lagoon waters. You must book in advance.
Note: Due to the crazy weather in Iceland, windy or rainy days will cancel your boat tours and it happens rather frequently. The wind will cause the icebergs to move around which makes for a dangerous boating environment. You will get your money back though, but make sure and check with the tour operator every so often as your tour time arrives.