Lately, some of the best prices for flights from the U.S.A. to Europe, can be found at WOW Air (their prices are really wow) but every flight means one thing: you’ll have a layover in Reykjavik.

So let’s go through some misconceptions that many of you could have related to Iceland.

Aurora Borealis can be seen always

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No. it can’t be seen, the best season to see it is November through February, and only during very dark nights and with clear sky, so if you plan to take a tour to see the nothern lights, don’t get your hopes high, it depends a lot on your own luck.

It’s so cold, you can freeze to death.

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Though it’s the country of snows and it’s close AF to the North Pole, because of the sea, the climate is pretty bearable, the average for winter is about -2 C, though there were some exceptions 100 years ago (-38 C, but your flight will probably be cancelled with such temperatures). However, the winds might be cold, so get a scarf to hide your sensitive parts from it.

Iceland is cheap

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Mauhahahaha, can’t stop laughing. Of course it depends where you come from, if you’re from San Francisco or New York, then obviously everything is cheap for you, but if you are from smaller cities in US or even from Europe, Iceland will shock you with the prices, as it’s way more expensive than most places you’ve traveled to.

 

So now, that we’ve clarified with the top 3 misconceptions about Iceland, let’s make a short plan for what you can do in case you have 8 hours of layover in Reykjavik.

Case 1

Rent a car from the airport and go to Blue Lagoon, just be aware that the prices are going to bite, but it’s worth for few hours of relaxation and beautiful scenery.

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Case 2

Go to Reykjavik and explore the city, but beware, to get there you need about an hour, and then an hour to come back to the airport.

Volcano House

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Iceland has one of the most unique museums in the world, a museum totally dedicated to volcanoes! It is like a small cinema with documentaries about the volcano activity and the relation between it and the Iceland’s history.

Hallgrimskirkja

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An exceptionally designed church, absolutely worth to pass by for a picture. As well, if you are during opening hours, you can go to the top of the tower and see the surroundings and the city from the top, the scenery is absolutely gorgeous!

Solfar

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Best seen early morning or late evening when not surrounded by people. Leaves an impression and visions of Vikings riding the water. Spend 10 minutes here and try to feel the vibe of the Vikings.

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