I drove around magical Iceland in one week and it was an incredible 2000+ kilometers. I only wish it was longer but I’ll certainly be back. Here are the links to the full trip:
- Day 1
- Day 2 – Tröllaskagi Peninsula, Siglufjörður, and couchsurfing in Akureyri
- Day 3 – Goðafoss and Mývatn – Into the Fiery North
- Day 4 – Asbyrgi Canyon, Húsavik, the best ice cream in the world, and Icelandic fish soup
- Day 5 – Krafla, Námafjall Hverir, Detifoss, Seyðisfjörður, searching for puffins, and surviving an arctic tern attack
- Day 6 – Puffins, Jökulsárlón, Langoustine, and Svínafellsjökull
- Day 7 – Svartifoss, Vík, Kirkjugólf, The Golden Circle, and standing on the edge of tectonic plates at Þingvellir
- Day 8 – One last day in Iceland – Reykjavík
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Final day in Iceland and a day to explore Reykjavík. We started our day visiting the famous Hallgrímskirja. It was of course distinctive from the outside but I found the inside quite beautiful as well. It had the same graceful simplicity we had seen throughout much of the architecture and interior design of Iceland. There was also a beautiful organ at the back wall. Wish we could have been there for a concert – it would have been so interesting to hear the acoustics.
Another big day! We got up early to have breakfast at Hotel Höf and headed first thing for Skaftafell.
What a day! We headed out of Seyðisfjorður with plans to go to Höfn but decided to take a right at the intersection to Egilsstaðir to head to Borgarfjörður instead. Since we didn’t make it to Skalanes to see the puffins, we thought we’d try our luck in Borgarfjörður. So another windy, snow-squalled trip filled later, we arrived.
We said our goodbyes to couch surfing host and his German guests in the morning and headed off pass Mývatn and on to Krafla. The houses were dusted with snow in the morning. During the day, rain turned to snow, and snow turned to blistering icy pellets.
A slightly more relaxed day but boy was it still cold! We headed out from Akureyri this morning and dropped off a fellow couch surfer at Godafoss as he tries to continue hitchhiking around Iceland. The we drove through Húsavik and onto Asbyrgi Canyon.
Day 3 was our big Mývatn day. First we stopped at goðafoss where the legend tells of a pagan priest, Thorgeir, who threw his pagan idols into the waterfall when he decided that his people should adopt Christianity. From there we headed to Mývatn up the west coast of the lake.
We left Osár around 10:00 after a breakfast of oatmeal, muesli, and bananas. We headed to Blönduós and started our tunnel trips across to Sauðárkrókur. From there, we started our tour of the Tröllaskagi peninsula heading north to the town of Siglufjörður.
After a long day’s drive covering over 500 km through the Snæsfellsnes Peninsula, we arrive at Osár Hostel in Osár.
Day one of my week in Iceland begins with a drive to the Snæsfellsnes Peninsula. Continue reading
Update: Click here for the full itinerary and links from the full trip!
Over the next couple weeks I’ll be posting about my road trip around Iceland. After an amazing week in Iceland, I definitely think it deserves more than 8 days but if you only have a week, it is doable and I’ll let you know how I did it. Here’s a few highlights from the trip.
Hello travelers! So did you figure out where last week’s postcard was from?
So did you recognize last week’s beautiful sea-side town? Here it is again in case you missed it:
Photo by Eileen
I returned from Iceland a couple of months ago and am looking forward to sharing more of my adventures there with you! In the meantime, here’s what Jenn, Eileen, Sangeeta, and Steph had to say. I had initially posted this on a page but it’s much easier to share with you as a blog post 🙂
Recently, I invited world travelers Jenn, Eileen, Sangeeta, and Steph to share their individual experiences traveling in Iceland. They all had different traveling styles – traveling with a young family, all girls trip, great Icelandic camping adventure; their one unifying factor – they are awesome people. They are also all respectful travelers who really know how to make the most of an overseas adventure. Continue reading
So last week’s Postcard Monday was a bit of a giveaway – did you recognize this famous palace?
Good Monday to you my traveling friends! So did you know where we were for Postcard Monday last week? Here is some information shared with me by the lovely traveler who sent me the postcard: there are giant pretzels at every street corner and the large building pictured is Cloth Hall. Does that help?
Last week I shared part of postcard from one my favourite cities in the world. Did you recognize it?
Tickets officially booked and so excited for my upcoming 8 day trip to Iceland! Soon I’ll be able to tell you all about it first hand. Just picked this up from the book store:
Have you been to Iceland? What was the most memorable thing about your visit?
It’s that time again, happy Monday! So, did you recognize this castle? I think Lori did! (Check out her blog here.)
Does this Irish airmail sticker help narrow it down?
It’s finally here! Last week you met our intrepid travelers Jenn, Eileen, Steph, and Sangeeta. Now check out what they have to say about Iceland including how to get around, where to stay, and what not to miss.
Let the beauty of Iceland take you away! (Psst, if you haven’t already clicked on “Iceland,”click here or click Steph’s lovely photograph below.)
Photo by Stephanie