Here’s the itinerary taken from our first trip to Iceland, March 2017. After years of procrastination, we finally sorted out flights and went.
Often, when you actually visit somewhere that has been on your wishlist for years it doesn’t live up to your expectations. This was NOT the case with Iceland.
We loved Iceland so much we are going back in the summer to explore the South East and North. This time we are going to check out some famous movie locations including Interstellar and Prometheus.
Our Iceland Travel Stats
Flights Easyjet from Bristol to Reykjavik (2 1/2 hours)
Rental Car Suzuki Jimny 4 X 4
Distance Driven 1107 km (688 miles)
Skuggi Hotel, Reykjavik – 4 Nights
Egils Apartments, Borgarnes – 1 Night
Icelandair Hotel Vik – 1 Night
Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel, Reykjavik – 1 Night
Arguments About Directions – 1
Day 1 – Travel Day And Reykjavik
Arriving at the Skuggi Hotel in Reykjavik after a two and a half hour flight with Easyjet from Bristol.
Then it’s a quick look around the city centre which is the most northerly capital city.
Day 2 – Reykjavik Food Tour And Street Art
Our first full day in Reykjavik. Looking around the city at the unusual street art and architecture.
Then it’s an Iceland food tour, trying traditional Icelandic food from Skyr to horse. Yes, that’s correct – horse!
Day 3 – The Golden Circle
Driving the Golden Circle from Reykjavik. Taking in the sights of Thingvellir, Strokkur Geysir and the impressive Gullfoss waterfall.
The drive is about 250km (155 miles) and will take most of the day, start early to avoid the tour buses.
Day 4 – The Blue Lagoon
On a beautifully sunny day we take a trip to Iceland’s most popular attraction, The Blue Lagoon.
Floating in the naturally warm seawater is a perfect way to relax, even when the air temperature is -2°C.
You need to book in advance if you want to visit as numbers are limited.
Day 5 – Arkranes And Stykkishólmur
Leaving the city we drive north-west to Akranes, Borgarnes and Stykkishólmur. Driving through sun, wind rain and snow.
Stopping at the Akranes lighthouse and the stunning fjord Hvalfjörður.
Day 7 – The Final Day
It’s an 180km (110 miles) drive back to Reykjavik. The storm had cleared to reveal Vik’s volcanic black sand beach. Stopping at the Solheimajokull glacier which has receded up the valley one kilometre over 10 years.
Our last night we stayed at the Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel and try the fermented shark, Hákarl before we leave.
We did find the country expensive but you can find a range of places to stay for every budget in Iceland if you look hard enough. It’s cheaper in the Winter too. Have you been on an Icelandic road trip? What are your recommendations for our return trip in the summer?
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