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.