The idea of a road trip was always fascinating. So, when I started exploring the options of a road trip, a few ideas that popped were that of cross country, a national park loop in Utah-Arizona or Iceland. Now Iceland was very enticing given that it would be the best way to see the country and also we'll not run in to too many tourists! So, we came up with a 7 day road trip for Iceland and it was fantabulous. It is an absolutely gorgeous and stunning country with such a variety of serene landscapes to offer and 24 hour daylight made it even more enjoyable.
|Our route over 7 days
Pointers for planning:
- Visa: Like any other Schengen visa, you have to take a set of documents and a schengen visa application form to the nearest embassy. For us, it was the Norwegian embassy in San Francisco and they sent us our passports in two business days!
- Make reservations for your stay as soon as you can. They fill up very fast, especially in summer. Unless you plan to go camping, which a fantastic idea!
- We stayed at guesthouses and they were all pretty good. Mostly shared bathrooms, but it wasn't much of a trouble
- Just in case you love waterfall, like me, this is a super resource.
- If you are looking for hostels and a 7/10 day itinerary, this is extremely useful.
When in Iceland:
- Sunset was around midnight and sunrise was at 2 am. But it was always twilight, never completely dark which gave us plenty of time to drive around
- Stock up your car with food, water supplies. You will be on road for hours before you see a store or a food joint. Fill gas when you get a chance.
- We rented a 4 wheel drive. Though most of the roads are paved, we thought it was always better to have an all wheel drive.
- An old saying in Iceland is, "If you don't like the weather, wait for 20 minutes" and it is true! Weather here has terrible mood swings :)
- Vegetarian food is not a problem. Everywhere, they had an option for a veggies burger or a veggie sandwich! Food hunting wasn't an issue at all.
|Views by the roadside
|Basalt columns by Reynisdrangar beach
|View from our restaurant
|Ready to hike
|Icefall - up,close and personal
|Ready for our lagoon boat ride
We also stopped at Jokulsarlon, the bigger lagoon and definitely the more crowded one. Fjallsarlon was very tiny and nothing compared to Jokulsarlon. It is a huge lagoon, unbelievably huge. There are boat trip here too, but it way too crowded and there was a long queue. We stopped here, took some great pictures and just admired the beauty of this place. A hot chocolate later, we were back on Hwy1 heading to Hofn.
|Gufufoss enroute to Seydisfjordur
|Just one of the many views