So I visited Iceland the weekend after thanksgiving and I must say that it is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited.
You need an international passport and visa (For Nigerian passports you need a Schengen visa). I traveled to Iceland from Berlin, I paid 120 Euros for a one way flight and I booked this flight two nights before I traveled. I advice flying with Wow Airline or Icelandic Airline one being that they are Icelandic airlines and the other reason is that only three or four airlines fly into Iceland. The flight from Berlin to Reykjavik took about four hours and it was quite pleasant considering I was flying a budget airline. I arrived in Keflavik International Airport and the joy I felt is just indescribable simply because Iceland has always been on my bucket list. To get to your destination from the airport, you have to take a bus that drops you off at the main bus stop and get on a small bus to your destination.
Iceland is incredibly expensive!!! so getting around means you have to be ready to break your bank account and spend your Icelandic Kronas. Icelandic people are very friendly, remember it is the safest country in the freaking world.
There are several ways to get around as a tourist. Your options are a) getting on a tour bus that will take you to tourist attractions around the country (this is what I did) b) renting a car, which costs about 10,000 icelandic kronas a day & c) cycling around the country.
The national language is Icelandic but a lot of people speak English so you should be fine.
I stayed in a hostel as usual and it was pretty cheap considering I paid about $130 for 4 nights. There are several hostels around the country.
Things to do in Iceland
There are a thousand and one things to do in Iceland, since I didn’t do as much as I wanted due to poor planning and lack of time I can tell you a few things to do.
First of all the Northern Lights isn’t guaranteed, I did not see it because I went to bed early the one night there was a party in the sky ( i’m still very sad about that).
On my first full day, I did a tour of the Golden Circle (costs about 9000 Icelandic Kronas). The bus ride was gorgeous, I saw three waterfalls (one in Pingvellir National Park, Gulfoss and I don’t know the name of the third one) and I saw a Geysir (hot water shooting up from the ground its BEAUTIFUL). On the second day, I decided to walk around Reykjavik by my lonesome and I loved every bit of it. I went to two of the modern art museums, the Hallgrimskirkja and just shops in the city. On my third day, I went to the blue lagoon, which is basically swimming outside in water that is as hot as 30 degree celsius or hotter (the bus ride and entrance fee cost about 10,000 icelandic kronas). It is two-hour bus ride and there is kind of a long line to get in, you can either pay for a spa package or regular swim in the pool package. Once you get it rub your face with the white stuff (legend has it that it makes you look 10 years younger) oh and shower and condition your hair before getting in.
Other things to do; take a bath in one of the thousand bath houses, go to the south of Iceland especially the black sand beach, volcanos, cave diving, snorkeling, stay up until you see the northern lights, go to the flea market (it may or may not be overrated) & go to bars, eat shark, whale, puffins, skate, dry fish (panla).
I was sad to leave but I had to. Take the same bus to the airport (your hostel, or hotel will help you book the bus ride).
Quick Tip: Take a water bottle with you cause the water is so clean you don’t need to buy water. Also when booking your Icelandic Airline flight try to have a destination other than Iceland because the airline allows a free 7 day layover in Reykjavik.