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Laugardalslaug Hot Springs, Rejkavic Take a soak to warm up in these expansive outdoor geothermal pools. Great way to recharge after a cold wet day. There are many hot pots in the city, this one has a fun colorful slide and lots of different pools. Don’t miss it!
Guesthouse Odinn, Rejkavic Good location at reasonable price. http://www.odinnreykjavik.com/ 
Seljalandfoss and Gljufurarfoss Waterfalls Stop along route 1 to see these falls, Gljufurarfoss is smaller, less visited, but more exciting, you’ll need to take your shoes off to walk up river to a hidden cavern this waterfall pours into, but worth it to stand numb footed in this magical cavern with a waterfall pouring in.  
Seljavallalaug Swimming Pool Don’t miss this! Short hike to a geothermal pool built in the 20’s that has been kept in decent repair. Bring your swim suit, there are changing rooms, jump into the pool to warm up and enjoy views of the valley you’ve hiked through.  
Hotel Lundi, Vik Basic hotel that’s a bit pricey, but options are scarce in Vik. Walkable to the black sand beach and town hot pot. Good restaurant in the hotel. http://hotelpuffin.is/index.php 
Reynisfjara beach, outside Vik Beautiful black pebble beach, absolutely worth stopping the car for a stroll on the beach and to peer into the massive sea cave.  
Fjadrargljufur, gorge hike Easy 1 hour hike along the edge of a 100m deep gorge. Easy hike rewards great views.  
Icelandic Mountain Guides Glacier Hike Strap on crampons and walk out on Vatnajokull Glacier. There are 2 hour and 4 hour hike options. The 2 hour hike is a short walk around the ‘dirty’ ash covered glacier. If you have time for the 4 hour hike, we’d suggest it as you get to go much further, on more interesting parts of the glacier, and it’s clean white glacier. mountainguide.is
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Defintely worth stopping the car to marvel at the blue glaciers floating through this surreal lagoon. Your call on the boat ride, the views from the beach are just as nice. jokulsarlon.is
Holmur Gisting Farm Stay, Hofn We loved staying at this little farm house right along the ring road. Very reasonably priced, a short drive outside Hofn. http://eldhorn.is/mg/gisting/ 
Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss, Waterfall hike This hike is a 4 hour out-and-back if you want to go all the way to the base of Litlanesfoss to walk into the small cove under the falls. This is a strenous rocky hike up a river, be prepared to get dirty and wet, but feeling the force of the falls from underneath is unforgettable.  
Skipalaekur Cottage, Egilsstadir A little pricey, we got our own little A-frame house for the night. Pretty view of adjacent lake, unique sleeping accomodation. http://www.skipalaekur.is/ 
Myvatn Nature Baths It’s like a small Blue Lagoon sans crowds! Soaking in the blue waters is a great way to wrap up the day. Slight sulfur smell, grab a beer to bring into the baths and you’ll forget about it.  
Skutustadir Guest House, Lake Myvatn Basic guest house with a nice breakfast spread. Website
Saga Travel, Lava Ice Cave Tour You drive through a lava field, hike through a lava field, strap on crampons and a head lamp to climb down a ladder through a crack in the surface of the lava into a lava tube that is now full of ice formations. Yes, a lava tube full of ice formations. It is as awesome as it sounds. Do it. http://www.sagatravel.is/en/mos/16/ 
Skijaldarvik Guest House, Akureyri Highlight of this hotel is the picturesque location along a fjord with a small hot tub overlooking the water. Grab a beer from the bar and enjoy a soak. Clean bright rooms. Short drive outside Akureyri. Website
Horseback Ride, Varmahlid The Icelandic horse is the short fat cousin of the horse you’re used to riding. There are a lot of horse farms in this area so it’s a good place to take a ride. We had a wonderful experience trotting through a beautiful valley. Very beginner friendly. riding.is
Holmur Inn, Stykkisholmur Quiet and comfortable B&B, on the 3rd floor of a family home. Access to a full kitchen. Walkable to ‘downtown’ Stykkisholmur. http://www.holmur-inn.com/index.html 
Unique Adventure Boat Tour, Stykkisholmur Boat ride, the highlight is when the deck hands throw a net over board and pull a colorful mix of crabs, snails, and starfish off the bottom of the ocean. You are invited to eat them. Website
Arnarstapi – Hellnar Trail, Snaefelssnes Peninsula A beautiful coastal hiking trail. It’s an out-and-back that has the delightful little Fjoruhusid Café as the turn-around point. Grab a beer on the patio and watch the waves crash on the rocks before heading back.  
Guesthouse Hof, Snaefelssnes Peninsula The highlight here is each room has a semi-private hot tub with a pretty view. The space feels like a ski condo with a shared kitchen, living room and bathroom. This hotel is kind of in the middle of nowhere. http://gistihof.is/
Blue Lagoon A giant blue-hued hot springs. Soak in the heat and rub the weird white silica mud on your face. They have lockers, a café, and massages. bluelagoon.com
B&B Gueshouse Reasonably priced basic hotel with computer access in Keflavik near the airport. http://bbguesthouse.is/