Two weeks in Iceland – a preview of our adventures.
This weekend, we’ll be packing our bags and heading to a dream destination. We’re spending two weeks in Iceland! We will be driving around the whole Ring Road, the main road that follows the perimeter of the island. We’ll be making the trip counter-clockwise. There will be a few diversions from this highway, like going to the Westfjords.
We won’t be blogging while we’re in Iceland. That’s not really our style as part-time travelers. We’d rather make the most of our time while we’re there and save the photo editing, writing, and video editing for when we get home. But, we’ll be super active on social media. Thanks to our friends at KnowRoaming, we’ll have data on my smartphone for the duration of the trip. You’ll see tons of updates on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Google+. Furthermore, we’ll be taking over the TripCreator Instagram account from June 7th – 9th. Stay tuned for even more glorious Iceland photos on their account!
A portion of our trip is funded by TripFilms.com. We won their Trippy Award for Filmmakers of the Year and were awarded their grand prize. We’ll be putting together some short videos for our TripFilms travel show when we get back. Justin and I are bringing our brand new drone to get some epic footage.
These travel plans aren’t set in stone. They are flexible. We might decide to stop at random spots along the way. It’s one huge road trip, after all. Did I mention that I’m super excited for this adventure?
Here’s how we’ll be spending our two weeks in Iceland.
- Spending two nights at the beginning of our trip, and one at the end of our trip (at Opal Apartments at the beginning, and Old Charm Reykjavik at the end)
- Exploring the city with our Reykjavik City Cards (discounts and free entry to certain attractions)
- Visit the Hallgrimskirkja church with stunning views of the city from the top
- Shop on Laugavegur Street
- Check out Laugardalur (botanical garden) and Laugardalslaug (the local pool)
- Perhaps check out museums, galleries, the concert hall, the Sun Voyager sculpture, rent bicycles and ride to Nautholsvik (geothermal beach)
- Eat at as many vegan/vegetarian meals at restaurants as possible! There are quite a few awesome places in Reykjavik
- Pick up our rental jeep from Go Car Rental and hit the road!
- Drive the famous Golden Circle route, visiting Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, and Gullfoss
- Stay overnight at Gesthus Selfoss
- This is one of our most action packed days.
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall and Skogafoss waterfall
- Solheimajokull Glacier Walk with Icelandic Mountain Guides (described as “A tour into a magical frozen world”, and I believe it)
- Visit the wreckage from a crashed plane along the southern coast
- Check out the black sand beaches and cliffs at Vik
- Stay overnight at Lambus Cottages
FROM SOUTH TO EAST
- Backtracking slightly, we are going on the Jokulsarlon Zodiac boat tour in the glacier lagoon
- Svartifoss waterfall at Vatnajökull National Park
- Driving east, stop at the small coastal town of Djupivogur
- Drive to our accommodations, south of Egilsstadir – Fljotsdalsgrund Guesthouse
- May have time to check out a nearby waterfall, Hengifoss
EAST TO NORTHEAST
- Visit the bohemian village of Seydisfjordur
- See the incredible Dettifoss and Selfoss waterfalls
- Be in awe of the other-worldly terrain at Namafjall (mud cauldrons, steaming vents)
- Relax at the Myvatn Nature Baths
- Stay for two nights at the Skutustadir Farm Guesthouse
- Venture to the lava fields of Dimmuborgir
- Next, check out Grjotagja – a cave with hot water inside (too hot for bathing!)
- Visit Krafla, an active volcano region with crater lakes
- Climb the mountain of Vindbelgjarfall
- Stay near Akureyri for two nights, the second largest city in Iceland, at Ytri Vik Cottages
- Before arriving at our cottage, take a whale watching tour in Husavik with North Sailing
- See the Godafoss waterfall
- Spend some time exploring Akureyri on the first or second day in the region
- On the second day, we don’t plan on doing much of anything. We’re having a day of relaxation at Ytri Vik by the lake. It’s my birthday that day! I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the occasion than being in a beautiful, dreamy place like Iceland.
- Drive from Akureyri to Hvammstangi
- Visit the Seal Center and perhaps do a little seal watching from the coast
- Check out Kolugljufur Canyon
- Stay at Hvammstangi Cottages
- Latrabjarg Peninsula to see the stunning cliffs and hopefully many, many puffins
- Raudisandur – the red sand beach
- Stay at Fosshotel Westfjords
- Take the ferry across from the Westfjords to the Western Region
- Drive to Grundarfjordur and admire the mountain, Kirkjufell
- Stay at G4 Apartment in Grundarfjordur
BACK TO THE BEGINNING
- Explore the region around Snaefelsjokull (glacier)
- Visit the Vatnshellir cave
- Drive through the town of Hellnar
- Stay in Reykjavik overnight
- The next day, we head back to the airport around noon to go home.
Whew, I’m exhausted after typing everything out! It will certainly be an eventful couple of weeks filled with breathtaking scenery and memorable adventures that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.
There’s one notable omission: we won’t be going to the Blue Lagoon. I know. It’s super popular and everyone does it. We will be hitting up other hot pots and swimming pools on our journey, such as Myvatn Nature Baths. There’s a debate over whether or not to go to the Blue Lagoon. On one hand, it’s such an iconic place. On the other hand, it’s expensive, man-made, and created entirely for tourists. With so many spectacular things to do in Iceland, I didn’t feel like it was necessary to go there. And if I truly do feel any pangs of regret, we’ll try to book it before we fly home. Or…it will be an excuse to return to Iceland (like I need an excuse!).
Dining as vegans could be a challenge in Iceland. We will find lots of meals at restaurants in Reykjavik and Akureyri. In the other more remote places, we might rely on cooking our own meals at our accommodations. There might be some times where we eat veggie burgers and cheeseless pizzas. We’ll report back with exactly what we were able to find in terms of vegan eats.
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