Iceland summer trip

Katerina
Jan 31
Iceland is an amazing place, you have to come here at least once in your life. In my opinion you should come for at least 7 days and travel around the country. Here is the route we’ve done in 2017
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If you come to iceland Reykjavik is the first thing you see. This is the most northen capital of the world and in my humble opinion the nicest place as well. The first day you just want to relax and enjoy. Take a walk around the center, explore local restaurantes (pay attention to old harbour area), take your time and enjoy this place

Take a day trip to Golden circle

The best thing to do in Iceland you first full day is to take a day trip. There are different options, but I'd recommend going to The Golden circle. It's classic and the most common trip. During it you will visit 3 very famous places: Geysir geothermal area, the waterfall Gullfoss, and the UNESCO site Þingvellir National Park. There are plenty of tour companies who can help you with this trip. Its easy, fast and beautiful, what else do you need? 

From Reykjavik to Akureyri through Snæfellsnes peninsula

The nest day you can take a day trip to Snæfellsnes peninsula - its a very beautiful, distant and touristless place thats definetely worth visiting. The main destination is Snæfellsnes national park, but there planty of other things to see: glaciers, black sandy beaches, waterfalls, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters. And if you are a fan of Riddley Scott movies, you may notice some of the background there. And on your way backyou'll visit iconic Kirkjufell mountain that's the most common sight for northern lights pictures. If you continue to Akureyri just stop in Borganes on the way back and catch a night bus, you will be in the northern capital by midnight.

Akureyri

The main attraction and activity in Akureyri is wale watching. Book your trip in advance and do it the first thing in the morning. Dont forget to dress warm, even in summer its freezing. 

To Godafoss

After your encounter with wales catch a bus or hitchhike to Godafoss - magnificent waterfall. Take some snack with you and have lunch with this stunning view.

To Myvatn lake

From odafoss continue your trip to Mivatn lake. We stayed in camping in Reykjahlid town — its nice, cozy, and well connected. Arrive there by sunset and enjoy your calm evening. or even better — spend evening at Myvatn Nature Baths — the same water as at Blue Lagoon, but cheaper and less people.

Mivatn area

Spend your day exploaring around, take a bus to Dettifoss waterfall — the most powerful waterfall in Europe. The water comes from the nearby Vatnajökull glacier, whose sediment-rich runoff colors the water a greyish white. Be ready to get wet. On your way back visit Krafla volcano area. FIrst — its magnifisent with all the steam, alient colors and volcano, second you get to see famous shower monument. Finish your day at nature bath.

Around Myvatn

Originally we planned to stay here only two nights, but we loved it so much that we stayed for another night. Hire a bike, go to crater area — looks alient and beautiful, ride there is easy and pleasent. On your way back take a hike around lava area fields — Dimmuborgir — the Dark Fortress, you can get lost there, its big. And take a rest as the next day going to be long and tiring.

Going through east Iceland

Early morning take bus 62, spend all day traveling through all of east, with some stops at Egilsstaðir and Djupivogur, and a bunch of fjords. Arrive at Hofn camping, take a walk around, eat, sleep, enjoy.

Glacier lagoon

Take early bus 12 that stops at every tourist destination on the way to Reykjavik like hop-on - hop-off busses. AT lagoon the stop os long anough to take a boat trip, but we skipped it, took a bunch of photos, and enjoyyed sun.

Skaftafell   

Continue with same bus to Skaftafellwaterfall, Actually stop is too short to hike to the main waterfall, but you get to see it and couple of ither waterfalls, pretty nice.

Black beach

Thats treaky one. The same bus will bring you to Vik, thats famous for the black beach, but the beach is separeted from the city by quite big hill. you can hitchhike around it or hike through. We chose second option, we struggled. Beach is beautifull though, unfortunatelly this area is close to the capital and full of people, be ready

Hitchhike to Hella... 

...and relax, you earned it :)

Vestmannaeyjar

Take an early bus to Landeyjahöfn and from there a ferry to the island, while there you have a bunc of hiling options - couple of volcanos and puffins. Enjoy your time there. We did everything but puffins got us the most escited, you actually can get pretty close to this beautiful birds, pretty cool. Just be beware of sheeps! 

Seljalandsfoss   

Try not to lose the last ferry and the last bus, if you are lucky :) ANd go to Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can walk behind actual waterfall (you get wet, just get along with it). From there take a bus for hitchhike back.

Thórsmörk

We took a tour bus there and back, spent all day in the park hike, breath taking.

Landmannalaugar

Take an early bus from Hella to Landmannalaugar, spend all day there exploaring lava fields, lakes, rainbow mountains, hiking volcanos and enjoying glacier view (you can catch famous eyjafjallajökull). When you are done, take a bus to reykjavik, they will drop younext to your hotel. Enjoy your last evening in this magical land.

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