At this moment I am suffering from post holiday depression ( as one of my dearest friend calls it ) after my superb and awesome 11 days road trip around the most lovely island – Iceland. I was thinking of ways to overcome this depression. Guess what! writing about it seemed like the best option for self help 🙂
So I started planning for this road trip from Nov 2016. You all must think that’s way too much early, but I had to as my 11 months old baby (who was 3.5 months then) was supposed to join us on this lifetime of a road trip. So yes I took my time to plan the routes, drive times, accommodations, car hiring, sights, hidden gems, baby foods and much more.
I would like to share the details of my plans and itinerary with all other fellow travellers to make their next venture to Iceland a bit more convenient with some useful tips. So next few blog posts will be dedicated to Happy Iceland Travel 🙂
Here is a print shot of the journey we travelled to give you an idea of our journey. PS: All the stops are not included as Mr.Google will not allow me to add all places in one go. So I will break down my journey and travel plans for each day 🙂
You will notice that I have not included South west part of Iceland on the map, as we had visited that part of Iceland on our last trip to Iceland. I will provide the details on that as well.
PS: We rented a car and did a self drive tour around the Island. Our own tour, not through any tour company 🙂 We enrouted to south coast first, going anti-clock around the island.
PS: I will be writing separate posts for each of the places that are mentioned below.
Day 1 – Keflavik to Skaftafell/Vatnajokull National Park
When you arrive at the airport, your car will be ready for you to pick up and you must be geared up to start your epic road trip in Iceland.
1st Stop – Seljalandasfoss
2nd Stop – Skogafoss
3rd Stop – Vik Village and Black Sand Beach
4th Stop – Solheimasamdur Plane Wreck Site ( which sadly we could not visit, as it was pouring down heavily and we did not want a sick baby on the first day of our journey)
5th Stop – Quick Stop at Fjadrargljufur Canyons.
6th Stop – A peaceful night at your chosen accommodation. We stayed at Fosshotel Nupar, every room had huge windows with superb views.
Day 2 – Skaftafell/Vatnajokull National Park to Berunes
1st Stop – Walking in the national Park. You can choose to go for a long hike or a small hike, hard or easy, lots of choices available.
2nd Stop – Jokulsarlon Glacier & Diamond Beach
3rd Stop – Hofn Village
4th Stop – Vestahorn Mountains in Stokksnes
5th Stop – A peaceful night at your chosen accommodation. We stayed at a cottage (YHA International Hostelling) by the sea with mountains around.
Day 3 – Berunes to Egilsstaðir
It is a beautiful coastal drive, one of our favorite drives around the island. You will love every bit of this drive.
Stop 1 – Petra’s Stone Collection
Stop 2 – Hengifoss Waterfall
Stop 3 – Walk in the Hallormsstadur Forest
Day 4 – Egilsstadir to Seydisfjordur
Walk around the this little beautiful town. It is a home to beautiful waterfalls, so if you love hiking you will have a treat.
On return, visit Egilsstadir town and may be a dip in the thermal pool.
Day 5 – Egilsstadir to Akureyri – Lots of options to explore on this drive
Stop 1 – Dettifoss & Selfoss
Stop 2 – Viti Crater
Stop 3 – Krafla Power Station
Stop 4 – Hevrir
Stop 5 – Lake Myvatn
Stop 6 – Godafoss
Day 6 – Visit & Explore Akureyri – This will give you little break from all the driving.
Day 7 – Akureyri to Hvammstangi
If you plan to visit west fjords during your trip, hvammstangi is a good option for a break in journey. It is a beautiful coastal town with many walks and options to check out Arctic Tern Colony.
Day 8 – Hvammstangi to Isafjordur or Flatyeri
Get ready for an awesome drive in the Fjords. A part of this journey will be on the gravel road, but landscape around you will make up for it.
Stop 1 – Non sense Museum – You read it right, I did not make something up.
Stop 2 – Old Book Store in Iceland – Worth a trip, if you love to read this is the place for you.
Day 9 – Isafjordur
Explore Isafjordur and near by villages. Go for long hikes or short walks.
Day 10 – Flateyri to Talknafjordur
Stop 1 – Pingyeri Village – Museums, Village Walks.
Stop 2 – Dyjandi Falls
Stop 3 – Swim in natural geothermal pools
Stop 4 – Latrabjarg Cliffs
Day 11 – Talknafjordur to Keflavik
Get ready for the longest drive of the trip, its time to head back to Keflavik and back home 😦
Before you go back home, visit blue lagoon to get those muscles relaxed and soak in the beauty of Iceland.
More blog posts coming up for each of the places mentioned above 🙂