Another cool thing is that with plenty of booking flexibility the WOW Stopover gives you time to experience Iceland on your own terms, whether it's a picturesque glacier break you're looking for or just a short coffee break in one of Reykjavík's many cool cafés.
Welcome to otherworldly Iceland.
Everybody loves the northern lights (because they're freakin' awesome!) and now's your chance to see these bright lights shimmer across the sky with your own eyes. This natural yet magical phenomenon is also known as Aurora Borealis and is caused by the interaction of particles from the sun with the upper atmosphere near the North Pole. Boom, you just got scienced!
Now this is a #wowmoment
It's true. Icelandic nature really is as magnificent and otherworldly as the good old internet would have you believe. Get ready for geysers, glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields, mountains and black sandy beaches. Yup, you better bring your camera, cause it's gonna be a picturesque ride. I mean, just look at this glacier lagoon!
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. We want to go to there.
Whale: “a very large marine mammal with a streamlined hairless body, a horizontal tail fin, and a blowhole on top of the head for breathing”. Thank you dictionary, you had me at hairless body. Iceland is one of the best places in Europe to spot whales and over 20 whale species can be found around the country. Going on a whale watching tour and seeing these gentle giants of the sea in their natural habitat is truly an unforgettable experience.
A whale having a whale of a time! Photo: iStock/Vojta
Yes, that big church in downtown Reykjavík. Not everyone loves this architectural monster, but there's one thing we can all agree on: The view from the top of the church tower is amazing, especially on a clear day when you can see far over the city. Admission to the tower is ISK 900 and ISK 100 for children (1-14). Tip: Commute in style and explore Reykjavík at your leisure with a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour.
The only way is up!
The famous Icelandic hot dog, or pylsa as it's called in Icelandic, is the perfect snack after some intense sightseeing. Made mostly from Icelandic lamb, it's one of the country's most popular fast-foods. The word pylsa might not exactly roll off the tongue nicely but the pylsa itself sure does go down well with ketchup, mustard, onions and remoulade.
Relax in Iceland's famous geothermal spa during your Iceland vacation and enjoy the therapeutic powers of the warm and mineral-rich water of the balmy Blue Lagoon. Just be sure to book your ticket in advance as this natural wonder has become a bit of a tourist hot spot. Oh, and it's customary to slather some of the white silica goo on your face and take a photo. Just sayin'!
Not bad, not bad at all.
If you're only staying in Iceland for a couple of days on your way to your next destination and would like to pack some serious sightseeing into your short visit we recommend doing the Golden Circle Tour. It's a great way to visit some of Iceland‘s top natural wonders, such as Strokkur geyser, Gullfoss waterfall and the beautiful Thingvellir National Park.
Tourists get close to erupting geyser Strokkur in Iceland.
Harpa, concert hall extraordinaire, was designed in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and opened in 2011. Beautiful both from the outside and the inside, this architectural gem is a must-see when wandering around Reykjavík.
Come for the nature, stay for the people! Iceland ranks #2 on the list of Happiest Places on Earth. Yup, even during those looong, dark winter months the modern Viking looks on the bright side of life and towards those glorious bright summer nights. Sure, Icelanders tend to work too much and drink a lot of coffee, but they also like to party and you're sure to spot them during happy-hour and on the weekends, dancing the night away.
Pics or it didn't happen?
Iceland is a happening place, brimming with art, culture and exciting events. Even with a population of only 340.000, Icelanders like to keep busy and their creative juices flowing. Therefore, thankfully, there's always something going on - concerts, art openings, sports events, film festivals and so on. You'll be sure to find something to your liking.
Reykjavíkurdætur perform at the Secret Solstice Music Festival in Reykjavík. Photo: Sigríður Ella Frímannsdóttir