Iceland - Part 1

Monday, December 14, 2015

Back in September I had the chance to take the trip of a lifetime... traveling around Iceland! This gem of an island is getting quite the buzz as of late, but with reason. Flights to Reykjavik are getting cheaper as low-cost airlines are adding it to their destinations and Icelandair is doing a "MyStopover" plan where you can travel from Europe to the USA whilst doing a cheeky trip to Iceland.

I cannot express in words the beauty that Iceland is. It is like combining all places on earth and the moon into one. We spent a week going around it, and it was just enough time to see all that we wanted.

Most people usually either explore the golden circle, which is South Iceland, or go around the periphery an anti-clockwise fashion. We decided to be rogue and do it clockwise, which in hindsight was definitely the best decision!


If you are planning a trip, I hope this map helps, until then... enjoy the pictures!

Snæfellsjökull and Rif (Western Peninsula)

I had seen the little red roofed church in a lot of pictures of Iceland. So you can imagine my joy when I thought we had found the exact one on our first night! We spent a long time trying to get the perfect picture of it, during the day and at blue hour. It isn't until the next few days that we realised.... all churches in Iceland have red roofs! They are all as equally picturesque though, and well worth a shot.

Crater near Hellnar
My first ever volcanic crater! It was long extinct, and not very big. But hey, its a volcano none the less.

Hellnar - Population 8

One thing I didn't expect whilst in Iceland, was their love for coffee. You can find a good coffee pretty much everywhere. Even in Hellnar, with a grand total population of 8.


Kirkjufellsfoss

The first of many waterfalls! This is quite a famous spot, and you just stumble upon it driving from one fishing town to the next. This makes for an absolute brilliant picture when the sun is setting, but no luck on our side for this one... still very impressive!



This is Heidi, our rental car on day 1 and day 2. Oops.



Aren't the sheep way more glamorous in Iceland than back home? I mean... look at those locks! Driving in Iceland was surprisingly easy, if you stick to the "highway": Road 1. It is the only road that goes all around the island and is "mostly" paved the whole way.

 Deserted highway - Lake Myvatn

We spent the first three nights travelling along route 1 until Akureyri, where we found the most wonderful airbnb...


It had the most amazing view over Akureyri, which happens to be set between a fjord and snowy mountains. An amazing place to end the first part of this trip! For more amazing pics check out Lukas' site :)

Till' next time.

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