You may be wondering what made Eric and I decide to visit somewhere as random as Iceland. Well, did you know Iceland Air is often the cheapest way to get to Europe and they offer a free stopover in Iceland for up to 7 days if you use their airline. Good advertising ploy, no? Though I will say I think Iceland needs to do some more things to really become a big tourist hub. Mostly improve their weather and make things less expensive. I mean I had heard it was not cheap but I don't think I quite pictured $60 to fill half a tank of gas in a Toyota Corolla. I doubt these are really within their control, but definitely are things to consider if you plan to visit!
Some of the logistics of Iceland: It was a 4 hour, 15 minute flight from Boston. You have a TV in front of you and the flight was amazingly not packed. We rented an apartment in downtown Reykjavik for 4 nights, but our flight in was at midnight and our flight out at 7 am so we really had 3 days. If you plan to stay in Reykjavik, definitely go the apartment route. I rented through Homeaway it was a million times cheaper and better than a hotel. We had a ton of space, our own kitchen and it was clean and super nice. If you plan to spend a lot of time in Iceland, then I think it's similar to Ireland in that it makes sense to rent a car and stay in a new place each night as you drive around the country.
On our first day in Iceland, we took it easy and visited a place called Blue Lagoon.
Our last day in Iceland was spent exploring Reykjavik, with a day of exploring outside the city in the middle (will post about that next). Reykjavik is a nice city to explore, lots of good restaurants and shopping. I highly recommend Italia and Ban Thai for dinners. There are also two places I recommend visiting for nice views of the city, Hallgrimskirkja Church and Pearlan.
The church is a pretty famous landmark in Reykjavik and can be seen from almost anywhere. It also has a statue of Leif Ericson out front, a gift from the US acknowledging that he was really the first European to "discover" America. Here is a view from the observation deck: