May 27th – June 3rd, 2018 my family and I will be traveling to Iceland to drive the ring road for 7 days. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE BELOW to follow along as we travel to the land of fire and ice.
Day 1: Sunday, May 27th ,2018
The Iceland Expedition begins with overnight flights from the US to Iceland.
Day 2: Monday, May 28th, 2018 – Blue Lagoon & Reykjavik
Upon arrival to Iceland, we are met at the airport by the car rental and our first stop is the Blue Lagoon. The evening is spend driving to Reykjavik for dinner and sight-seeing – Harpa Concert Hall, Sun Voyager Sculpture, Tjorn Lake, followed by our first night in our Air BNB.
Day 3: Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 – Golden Circle Tour
Depart this morning on our tour of the Golden Circle. This is a full-day round tour of the southwestern part of Iceland and includes three of the best known attractions Iceland has to offer: Gullfoss (The Golden Waterfall), one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe with thousands of tons of icy water thundering majestically into a deep canyon; The Geyser Area, with numerous hot springs, fumaroles and geysers, including the 30 meter spouting world known Strokkur; and Þingvellir, a remarkable geological site and a historic site as well. Þingvellir is the site of the world’s oldest democratic parliament founded in 930 and the beautiful canyon running through the park is actually the dividing fault line between two of the earth’s tectonic plates. At the end of the day we head back to Reykjavík for Hallgrimskirkja Church & dinner.
Day 4 – Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 – South Shore
We drive from Reykjavik down South, through the fertile farmlands of southern-Iceland heading towards the majestic mountains towering over the coast, among them the snow shrouded Hekla and the ice capped volcano Eyjafjallajökull, last active in 2010. Continuing on, we drive through the region where one of the best known of the Icelandic classical sagas, Njál’s Saga, is set. The South Shore is one of the most popular regions of Iceland due to the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss tumbling over high rock escarpments; The stone arch Dyrhólaey with its sheer cliffs; the picturesque setting of Vík village; and a row of glaciers towering over the scenery and the Reynisdrangar rock pillars (some say they are petrified trolls) decorating the black beach of Reynihverfi.
Day 5 – Thursday, May 31st, 2018 – Svartifoss & Jokulsarlon
Thursday is our drive through the Eastern side of Iceland. Our first stop is the beautiful Haoldukvisl. In the southeast of Iceland, you’ll find a glacier lagoon filled with large chunks of ice. This ice lagoon has become one of Iceland’s most popular attractions due to its immense beauty. The lagoon is called Jökulsárlón, or Glacier’s-River-Lagoon. Next stop is a wilderness area in Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park. Its huge glaciers include Skaftafellsjökull and Svínafellsjökull. Trails lead to Kristínartindar Mountain and to the Svartifoss waterfall, which tumbles over black basalt columns. The rest of the day is driving up north to Myvatn, staying in our 2nd Air BNB.
Day 6 – Friday, June 1st, 2018 -Mývatn & Akureyri
As we reach the top of Iceland, it’s all Game of Thrones as our first stop is the Mývatn Nature Baths and Goðafoss waterfall. The Goðafoss waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters. The afternoon is then spent in Akureyri – Iceland’s second largest urban area.
Day 7 – Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 – West Coast & Reykjavik
The first stop is Glanni Waterfall on the Norðurá River, which is said to be the dwelling place of elves and trolls. Deildartunguhver is next – a hot spring in Reykholtsdalur, Iceland. It is characterized by a very high flow rate for a hot spring and water emerges at 97 °C. It is the highest-flow hot spring in Europe. We drive back down to Reykjavik for our final night in Iceland.