My girlfriend and I have recently jumped on a hotel/flight deal with Icelandair and will be traveling to Reykjavik tomorrow night.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this forum, we found a lot of great advice.
Here is our plan for the 5 days:
(Saturday) Arrive at airport early-morning. Drop off luggage with hotel and then walk around the city. Tjörnin lake, the port, the churches and the National Museum.
Stock up on food at Bonus after check-in (breakfast is covered by the hotel and we plan to eat out just for lunch).
(Sunday) Golden circle trip; cook in hotel at night.
(Monday) Other museums in Reykjavik and cafes, shops, and maybe the Northern Light tour at night.
(Tuesday) Will spend the day at Blue Lagoon.
(Wednesday) Continue walk around the city, try more small restaurants and get souvenirs, leaving for the airport late-afternoon.
I still have 2 questions for this trip:
1. The Frommer's and Lonely Planet guides both mentioned tipping is not conventional in Iceland "and may be frowned upon". Is that still true for more touristy spots such as the Blue Lagoon massage (and the excursions)? I would feel bad for not tipping when it is expected.
2. Have anyone been able to see the Northern Lights from Blue Lagoon? The travel book mentioned it and I'm just wondering. Since it seems there's no guarantee we'll see the Lights anyway, even with an experienced guide.
Thanks, and I'm looking forward to this trip!