Jumping in Iceland
This year was my 30th anniversary and my boyfriend made me the most incredible present that I could ever think of… guess what? A ROAD TRIP IN ICELAND! I was so excited that I did not sleep that day. We searched quite a lot of information on the net and we ended up realizing that the best and cheapest way to do it was in a Camper rental!
Arrival in Reykjavik
We arrived in Reykjavik at 00:30AM and we found the first surprise… it was not as cold as we expected! That was a relief. The Camper Rental Company office was opened as they told us and after 20 minutes, we were driving in the middle of the night without being aware of the amazing landscape that was surrounding us. We just stopped at the first spot we found on our way to Hengill and we slept the 1st night in our new House, the Renault Kangoo Camper!
Oh my God! Even though it was a little foggy, our first impression on Iceland was really stunning. That morning we visited Hengill, Pingvellir, Geysir and the Gullfoss Falls. We stopped in a supermarket and we were not surprised when we saw the prices… so expensive!
We drove to Seljalandsfoss/Gljúfrafoss/Skógafoss waterfalls. Every waterfall we found on our way was more impressive than the previous one. We finally went to Dyrhólaey (we saw puffins!!!) and we slept in Vík í Mýrdal (it was so windy that we could not use the camping gas and we had to eat mortadella sandwiches inside the camper).
Vík í Mýrdal
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Due to the wind, we went for a short walk in the Vík í Mýrdal beach and we headed for Skaftafell. On our way there, we took some photos in Eldhraun area, where the sun started to shine. Once in Skaftafell, we took the Svínafellsjökull Glacier Tour, which we had booked in advanced, and so we had the chance to enter in an Ice Cave which was one of the best experiences in our life (totally recommendable). After the Tour we went to Svartifoss Waterfall and we spent the night in Skaftafell Camping to have a shower and try, finally, the camping gas (we cooked a delicious pasta dinner!).
Heading to Skaftafell
Ice Cave in Svínafellsjökull Glacier
We went to Jökursárlón to see the Icebergs and we were fascinated to see how the landscape constantly changes. Watching the Icebergs was really relaxing. We ate in Höfn and we drove to Egilsstadir to buy some food in Bonus Supermarket (the cheapest in Iceland). We continued driving to Dettifoss, without any doubt the most amazing river flow in Iceland (nearly 200.000 l/s!!!). We spent the best night in the middle of nowhere!
Jökulsárlón Timelapse video
On our way to Egilsstadir
Heading to Dettifoss
Next to Dettifoss where we slept
We had an amazing sunny day! We went to Ásbyrgi to see the Canyon and to Húsavik, where we wanted to do the Whale-Watching, but we finally could not due to the fact that there was no availability. We head for Mývatn area having one of the most enjoyable days visiting Víti volcano, Hverarönd, Hverfjall, Dimmuborgir, Gódafoss…
We drove to Akureyri because our intention was spending the night there (it was funny since it was really sunny in Mývatn and as I wrote Akureyri in the GPS I looked up again to the road and it was completely foggy!!!). Once we were in Akureyri, the guy at the camping reception told us: “It is a pity that is so foggy because today it was supposed to be a nice day to see the northern lights!” My boyfriend and I looked at each other and thought exactly the same.
So here it is when we decided to go back to Mývatn (it was 105 km back, but how often do you have such an opportunity!). It was definitively a superb choice because it was breathtaking, such a natural beauty! We finally spent the night in Mývatn.
Having lunch in Krafla area
We spent most of the day driving to see Kirkjufell and Ytri Tunga Beach, where we had the opportunity to see seals (we walked quite a lot onto the rocks to spot them but it was totally worth it). It was very sunny and we had a nice experience by dipping our feet into the freezing water. We finally arrived to Reykjavik, where we would spend the last two nights in a Camping in the middle of the city. Local people there were very kind and gave us a lot of information for the remaining days. Actually, we finally booked a Landmannalaugar Tour for the following day.
In the middle of the main road
Heading to Kirkjufell
Ytri Tunga Beach
We had a Tour to Landmannalaugar by 4×4 Bus because we could not get there with our Camper because of the bad conditions along the path (in fact we crossed 2 rivers). We did a 3 hour trekking and we could look at all the different colors of those amazing landscapes. We had lunch at the top of Brennisteinsalda (the highest point in the area). The views were amazing. We also took a relaxing natural bath. It is incredible how hot the water was. We went back to Reykjavik to spend our last night in Iceland (by the way, we did not use the heating System because the sleeping bags were really comfortable and warm).
Trekking in Landmannalaugar
We spent the day visiting the Capital, Reykjavik. We bought some gifts for the family/friends. We went for a walk around the city center, where we saw the Reykjavik Church Hallgrímskirkja, really different from the churches we are used to in Spain. There is a spectacular organ inside and luckily, at that very same moment, there was a guy playing it beautifully.
We did not want to leave the island without tasting its traditional food, so we ate in a restaurant recommended by the guy of the Reykjavik Camping (we took lamb and horse, which were both delicious). After that, sadly, we had to do our last jump, back to Barcelona again. Without any doubt, it has been the best holiday we have ever had and we would like to mention that despite being our first Camper trip, we were very comfortable and we had everything we needed at all times. One possible suggestion in order to help improving the quality of the service could be adding a flashlight (since we brought one with us and it really helped).
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