The capital city, Reykjavik was only the start to our magical four-day weekend in Iceland. Let me start by saying, this was not enough time to see the entire island. A good part of the island? Yes, but not the whole thing. My guess is that you would need at least 10 days to cover the entire island. This place, this place is a fairy tale. Never ending rolling hills, more water falls than you could ever imagine and the most beautiful Icelandic horses your eyes will ever see.
Planning for Iceland took a lot of work. With so much to see and so little time, I didn’t know where to start. I researched, read multiple blogs and articles, researched some more and then finally came up with our lengthy itinerary, starting and ending in Reykjavik.
We landed on a Thursday night around 11p.m. I fell asleep on the plane, which never happens, only to be waken up by an excited Nate telling me to “look out the window, quick, you can see the Northern Lights!” Half asleep and confused, I looked out and there they were, the Northern Lights, dancing right next to our plane! I couldn’t believe my eyes! This has been on our bucket list since, well, forever and now, from a plane, 30,000 feet above the earth, I was witnessing one of the coolest light shows on the planet, right next to me! What a sight! I didn’t get any great photos, but this is the best one I did get!
While researching Iceland, I was also looking at how to stay on a budget. If you have been to any Nordic country, you know these are not cheap places to visit. While a hotel in Iceland can cost you some serious change, after running some numbers I found that renting a camper van would be the most cost efficient way of seeing and touring Iceland. We paid one set price for our lodging, car rental and food! If you are into camping and like an adventure, the camper van route is for you. We rented our camper van from Go Campers, and it was the best decision we could’ve made. Not only did it let us see what we wanted to on our time and at our pace, it was cozy, comfy and seriously stylish! Just take a look!
Our first stop in Iceland after picking up our home for the next 3 days, was snorkeling. Not just any old snorkeling! This time we were going to Thingvellir National Park to snorkel between the European and North American continents. By far, one of the coolest experiences thus far!
With more to see, after snorkeling we headed to the famous Strokkur Geysir, where we stayed for about an hour watching it erupt over and over again. It was too fascinating to only watch once or twice! The Geysir erupts anywhere between 5-15 minutes.
We finished our busy first day at the powerful Gullfoss Waterfall. They say it’s more powerful than Niagara…but I don’t know if I can agree with that!
We caught a rainbow while we were there!
The next day, we woke up early, cooked breakfast in the back of the van and headed out on another busy day! First stop was Dyrholaey, formerly of volcanic origin on the Southern coast of Iceland, the views from here are amazing. Located at the top is a lighthouse and a great view of the black sand beach below.
It was cold and windy near the water, but the views made up for it!
Our next stop was a secret hotspot (natural hot spring), Seljavallalaug Zwembad, I found on Pinterest. At first sight, I didn’t think we would be able to find such a remote place, but I dug a little deeper and found the GPS coordinates and, from there, it was a must see. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
A secret natural swimming pool about a mile and a half hike from the road. Made for a perfect afternoon of relaxing and warming up after being by the cold water all morning. GPS coordinates: GPS N 63 34.013 W -19 36.379
After we dried off and changed back into warm clothes we headed to one of the many famous waterfalls in Iceland. Skogafoss is said to be one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, with a drop of 197 feet!
The next waterfall on the list was Seljalandsfoss, which is the best known waterfall in all of Iceland. Not as powerful as the previous two, but definitely tall. This was our favorite waterfall because you can walk behind it making for a really cool perspective…and photo!
Our last day was my absolute favorite. We had reservations for the famous Blue Lagoon and I couldn’t wait to go. But first we stopped at Raufarholshellir Caves, which were nothing short of creepy. You can go farther into the caves but without a head lamp and possibly a baseball bat, I’m not sure if I would want to! 😉
FINALLY! Last but definitely not least, the Blue Lagoon. Quite possibly the only reason I booked Iceland in the first place! This place is a must see/do if you ever get to Iceland!
I wish we would’ve had more time to explore more of the island! But all in all, an amazing, unforgettable trip!