There are no words, you guys. None at all that can truly describe our breathtaking trip around Iceland. Thirteen days. 1,900 kilometers. One car. Two sleeping bags. Waterfalls and volcanoes and moss canyons and puffins and mud pits and craters and black sand beaches and glaciers. Thousands of photos. Unforgettable.
We camped our way around Ring Road, which circles the entire country. But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a major highway. With the exception of driving in Reykjavik, the largest city, Ring Road was two lanes – one each way – and sometimes only one lane, including most of the bridges. But most everyone we saw tried to be cautious and polite, so no biggy.
And the midnight sun! We were there in the very end of July and the sun was setting shortly before midnight and rising around three or four in the morning. We never really had true darkness–just twilight hours. In order to save a spot of money and because we love the freedom of it, we camped out of our rented RAV4, cooking two meals per day and splurging on local fare. On the foodie must-have list??? Everything! Lol. But our favorites included the lamb stew (I maybe ate my weight in stew), omnom chocolates, langoustine sandwiches, reindeer pizza (this made me a little sad and I swore up and down I’d leave extra carrots out for Rudolph come christmas-time), geysir bread (very much like boston baked bread), and more lamb stew.
I’ll write up some more posts with my OCD-level itinerary, camping and travel tips, packing tips, and more. You’ll be able to find them in the travel archives. But for now, let me just leave you with these photos of all the scenes permanently etched into my brain and which I will never forget.
The South Coast
Itinerary: Vík,Svínafellsjökull, Höfn, Stokksnes
The Eastern Fjords
Itinerary: Egilsstaðir, Borgarfjörður Eystri, Seyðisfjörður
Itinerary: Akureyri, Mývatn, Hvítserkur
Itinerary: Grundarfjörður, Hellnar, Arnarstapi
Itinerary: Reykjavik, Thrihnukagigur Volcano
Þingvellir National Park