TRAVEL

Iceland

Iceland in 7 days. A Country with the most incredible and beautiful landscape I have ever seen. Do you plan to visit Iceland? Not yet? You really should 🙂 The whole trip absolutely exceeded my expectations.

If you’re traveling on a budget and you are looking for some helpful tips, a detailed itinerary and what to bring then keep reading 🙂

My TOP 5 MUST-SEEs/DOs in Iceland:

  1. Thingvellir National Park
  2. Geysir/Strokkur
  3. Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Hveragerdi Hot Springs
  4. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  5. Blue Lagoon

〉〉〉〉 Try their lamb dishes! So yummy!

 

What to bring for the trip? Plan ahead and organize yourself what to bring 🙂 It probably depends on the season, weather conditions and what you plan to see. We visited Iceland from September 5th to September 12th, 2018, so 7 days in total.

Here are a few things you should bring, when you travel around that time of the year…

  • rain clothes and rain boots
  • sneakers or good walking/hiking shoes
  • swimwear and towel, water shoes for lagoons and hot springs
  • warm clothes
  • gloves, toque, scarf
  • adapter for Europe

If you wish to see the best of what Iceland has to offer, I recommend to do the Golden Circle. During these 7 days, we did the Golden Circle Drive across the whole island, it involved a lot of driving, but it is absolutely worth it. You have amazing views from the car and you can stop anytime! 🙂

 

Some helpful tips for traveling on a budget:

Iceland is very expensive. Food. Alcohol. Accommodation. I would recommend to book an Airbnb and to buy food in grocery stores to save some money. We bought all our liquor and alcohol at the airport in the duty free store.  You drive for many kilometers and there is absolutely nothing, no houses, no stores, no gas stations, so it is good to have snacks in your car 😉

  • Gas isn’t cheap in Iceland. Consider renting a diesel car to save money on a more fuel-efficient car.
  • Buy alcohol at the airport in the duty free store
  • Buy food at gas stations and grocery stores. Gas stations have a great selection and its cheaper 🙂
  • Opening hours of stores are very different. Make sure and check ahead! Sometimes they have open just a few hours a day.
  • Have snacks in your car! Sometimes it takes hours to come to the next town and most likely grocery stores have already closed.

 

 


ICELAND IN 7 DAYS – OUR DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1. We arrived in Reykjavik at 6am in the morning. After lots of coffee at the airport and a quick breakfast, we picked up our rental car and began the Golden Circle drive. Our first stop was the Thingvellir National Park, the oldest National Park in Iceland, followed by stunning waterfalls like the Bruarfoss waterfall, Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir/Strokkur. Strokkur is a fountain geyser located in a geothermal area in the southwest part of Iceland, which is erupting once every 6–10 minutes.

For our first night, we staid overnight in nearby town of Hveragerdi.

Summary of the sights:

  1. Thingvellir National Park
  2. Bruarfoss waterfall
  3. Geysir/Strokkur (every 10 min) geysers and bubbling hot springs
  4. Gullfoss waterfall – take a pathway to the water’s edge
  5. Stay overnight in nearby town of Hveragerdi

Foto 06.09.18, 04 48 26Foto 06.09.18, 04 56 35Foto 06.09.18, 05 13 16DSC03434Thingvellir National Park

DSC03664DSC03669DSC03670Geysir/Strokkur

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Foto 07.09.18, 08 05 27Gullfoss waterfall

 

Day 2.  This day was super exciting. In the morning, we hiked up to the Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Hveragerdi hot springs. It is an easy and beautiful one-hour hike each way. I have always wanted to swim in a hot spring in the middle of the mountains. Reykjadalur means “steam valley” in Icelandic, and this magical place definitely holds up to its name. Plan around 3 hours for the whole trip. 🙂

After the hot springs, we took the ferry to Vestmannaeyjar Island. This ferry ride was no to compare with the ones we are used to in BC. haha The wind was blowing crazy and the waves were strong and high. Not fun for many people who got seasick, but at the end: absolutely worth it!!!! 🙂 This little island has the largest bird population off the Icelandic coast and home of the Puffins. Puffins live so close to humans here that there is a tradition of rescuing baby puffins in trouble. Little kids walk around with flashlights and collect baby puffins to rescue them.

Summary of the sights:

  1. Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Hveragerdi hot springs (plan around 3 hours in total)
  2. Ferry ride to Vestmannaeyjar Island (book ahead, ride around 35min)
DSC03747Reykjadalur Hot Springs, Hveragerdi hot springs

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DSC03791DSC03799DSC03801DSC03861DSC03872Vestmannaeyjar Island

Day 3. We took the ferry back and headed towards Vik and Höfn, the Eastern part of the country. On the route, there were many places to stop. Volcanic beaches, waterfalls, sea stacks, etc. This night we staid in a hotel in Skaftafell.

Summary of the sights:

  • Driving distance from Vestmannaeyjar Island to Skaftafell is 227 km (3hr, 32 min) – from Landeyjahöfn, Landeyjahafnarvegur to Skaftafell is 213km (2 hr, 37 min)
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall (walk all the way around)
  • Skogafoss waterfall with a 197’ drop
  • Dyrholaey Rock Arch*
  • Reynisfjara* (black volcanic beach)
  • Reynisdranger Sea Stacks
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve (Glaciers and Diamond Beach)
  • Svartifoss waterfall (Hof)
  • Driving distance from Selfoss to Hof is 3.5 hrs and 5 hrs to Höfn

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Day 4. Today was the day I looked forward to the most!! 🙂 Skaftafell Glaciers! And I must say it was the coolest thing ever. We booked a zodiac tour at the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon to come floating icebergs very close. This glacier was absolutely stunning. Seals live there too and relax on floating little icebergs. Due to sun and rain before, the glaciers start cracking and we could see an iceberg turning around! So cool! I would say this is a MUST SEE when you visit Iceland!

After this amazing adventure, we kept driving towards Egilsstadir, a small fisher town, and spent there the night in a cottage, which had a hot tub on their balcony. Made the wine taste even better 😉

Summary of the sights:

  1. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  2. Enjoy the Eastern Fjords: bird watching, seal colonies, fishing villages
  3. Driving distance from Skaftafell to Seydisfjordur is 338 km (4hrs, 51min/ – 45 min from lagoon)

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DSC04427Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Day 4.Today we planned to see the Northern part of the Island, Lake Myvatn and Akureyri and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Pretty impressive and can walk down to get so close! Along our car drive, we had some other stops to see again beautiful waterfalls, fjords, active Geysirs, hot lava fields and small towns. This night we spent in Grenivik and rented their a cute little Airbnb, which had a wonderful view over the fjord. Apparently, it is a regular occurrence that there are some whales swimming in the area.

Summary of the sights:

  1. Dettifoss
  2. Lake Myvatn
  3. Drive 1 hr 20 min to Akureyri
  4. Godafoss Falls (25 minutes from house)
  5. Aldeyjarfoss (about 1 hour from house)
  6. Stay overnight in Grenivik (30min north of Akureyri)
  7. Driving distance from Seydisfjordur to Grenivik is 293 km (3hr, 44min)
Foto 10.09.18, 09 37 03Dettifoss
Foto 10.09.18, 07 27 12Foto 10.09.18, 11 56 32DSC04880.JPGactive Geysirs
Foto 10.09.18, 13 51 28Foto 10.09.18, 13 57 22Godafoss

 

Day 5: This was our last full day, and our longest day to drive, from Akureyri to Reykjavik. Although it was almost the end, I was excited to see Reykjavik, the country’s capital. 🙂 Cute little city with lots of bars, good nightlife and amazing places to eat! We didn’t really plan our last full day, we just stopped whenever there were beautiful view points along the street.

Summary of the sights:

  1. Reyykjavi

 

Day 6. Last day and last adventure, the Blue Lagoon close to Reykjavik. This is a laval field spa with the power of geothermal seawater. One free drink is included 😉

Summary of the sights:

  1. Blue Lagoon (You’ve to book ahead!)

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Wow, … you’re This one was by far the longest blogpost I have ever written. haha We had such an incredible time in Iceland! This trip is unforgettable in so many ways. Let me know if you have any questions or let me hear how your trip was 🙂

Just a few more pictures I want to share …. 🙂

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