I won’t say I outright hated, or even disliked these parts of my trip to Iceland. But I have to be honest with y’all, and let share the 3 things that were “meh” about Iceland. They fell short of our expectations/slightly disappointed us/annoyed us, but were they bad? No! They were just “meh.” Technical term there. So here we go, in no particular order.
1. Sólheimasandur DC 3 Plane Wreck
When we were doing research for our trip, this plane was so hyped up. The pictures looked so cool, and we thought we wanted to go see it.
First of all, this place is not even marked on the map. There is no sign on the side of the road. You can’t even see it from the road, but you can see a bunch of cars parked on the side of the road and people walking out into the horizon. So in case you don’t look up the coordinates beforehand, if you happen to pass a bunch of cars on the side of the road halfway between Vik and Skógar, you found it.
So once you maneuver your way off the road and into the gravel/rocky parking lot, you steel yourself to step out into the windy plains to hike to the plane. You know you can’t see it from the road, but just how far is it? About 2.5 miles. One way. But you really don’t know how far it is until you’ve been walking for half an hour and still don’t see it, and that point you know you’ve invested too much time to give up and turn back. It took us around 50 minutes to reach the plane. Did I mention how windy it was? I felt like I was about to get blown onto my butt. And when you’re walking, there is absolutely nothing to look at. Just rocky fields of nothing as far as the eye can see. It was not a pleasant experience.
The plane was cool (once we reached it) for a whole 5 minutes. We took a few photos. Climbed inside. Then looked around and thought “is this really it?”
So then we turned around and started the 2.5 mile, 50 minute long walk back to car.
I would strongly recommend you pass on this “attraction.”
3. Eating in Iceland
People don’t tell you about Iceland is how expensive everything is. Meals that we are used to paying $10-15 for in the U.S. can easily run you about $30-40 in Iceland. It’s worst in Reykjavik. They legitimately prey on tourists to indulge in their expensive food. But it’s not entirely the fault of tourism. If you think about how much Iceland has to import when it comes to food, it makes sense why the prices are so high.
So, your best bet for budget eating is A) buying food at the local grocery store, B) sharing a pizza with your adventure buddy ($25-30 for one pizza, so split between two people it’s decent), or C) eating hot dogs at the local gas station.
3. Blue Lagoon
GASP. I know it’s almost blasphemous to put down the most popular attraction in the whole country of Iceland, but it’s true.
Iceland is a hot bed of geothermal activity. There are free hot spring pools on the side of the road. So why do we pay $30+ to go stew in a man-made one?
Yeah, the water is that beautiful, almost creepy radioactive, milky turquoise color. And you get to use the silica mud masks.
But to me that didn’t outweigh the busloads of loud tourists and the entrance fee.
It is one of the places you feel obligated to visit when you’re in Iceland. I don’t regret going, but I probably won’t visit again. I also wouldn’t recommend planning a full day here. It’s a decent activity to do after you fly in or before you fly out. We went before catching our flight back to the U.S. and it was nice because we were relaxed and refreshed before spending the rest of the day in the airport.