The Blue Lagoon
Welcome to Iceland!! The land where the sun never sets - or rises - depending on when you're here. The land of fresh fish, booze, and hotdogs! Upon leaving the airport, head directly to the Blue Lagoon. It is the absolute perfect thing to do after getting off the plane. Plus, it's on the way to Reykjavik! You cant lose, finally! Here's the Driving Directions. From June until the end of August they open the spa at 9am. Any other time they open at 10. So since many of you probably took the red eye and arrived at 6am, you have a few hours to kill. You can try to find something to eat, but most things in Iceland dont really open up until around 10 as well. There is however one place that is open. The Northern Light Inn has breakfast. Now, we're not going to say that this breakfast is good, but it is cheap (1500 krona) and it is literally next to the Blue Lagoon. Fill up on toast and some kind of shitty fish and head back to the Blue Lagoon to take pictures before they open.
It should cost you about 40 euro to get in to the spa. The Blue Lagoon people aren't stupid, they aren't dicking around with Krona. Here's a tip, bring your own towel, and if you so fancy, your own bathrobe - it will save you 5 to 10 Euro. Relax, enjoy, this place is just as good as you thought it would be. Fan-fucking-tastic. They also have a bar so you can get drunk in a geothermal spa, cross that off your bucket list. 950 krona a beer.
Spend as much time as you want at the Blue Lagoon (I feel like 4 hours is a good amount of time unless you get shitfaced drunk on Viking or Tuborg) then drive on over to center city Reykjavik and check on into your hotel. The first time we went, we stayed at Fosshotel Lind and it had a great free breakfast, nice rooms and free parking, but it was a little bit of a walk outside of city center. If you can afford it, we'd recommend staying a bit closer to the harbor. On our second trip, we stayed at the Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, which was a bit nicer in terms of rooms and location. (Though, there was a lack of availability of coffee in the morning...but that is another story.)After you're all settled in, take a walk on over and check out Hallgrímskirkja, a big church, and a spot that can help you orient yourself while in center city.
Now go ahead and treat yourself to a nice dinner - there are so many good restaurants to choose from - and explore a bit downtown.