Reykjanes

Our final day had arrived and all that was left to do was to drive to the airport. Of course we did not take the most direct route. We decided to tour the peninsula Reykjanes taking the longest possible way from our hotel to the airport.

I found Reykjanes to be very impressive because it showed us so much of what we had seen in Iceland on such a small scale. We drove through long stretches of lava fields overgrown with silver moss as we had seen them nearly everywhere in Iceland. We passed through green mountains as we had seen around Egilsstadir. We drove over coloured earth-roads as we did in Landmannalaugur. Continue reading

The golden circle and Hveravellir

We kept the so called Golden Circle for our last full day on Iceland.  The golden circle features the waterfall Gulfoss, Strokkur, Iceland’s only Geyser and the historically relevant Þingvellir  (pronounced Thingvetlir).

I was expecting another top-nodge day, but I have to say that while it was a nice tour it did fall short of my expectations and is not a good representation of Iceland. I found the tour of Reykjanes the next day to be much more beautiful and to reflect the personality of Iceland much better.  I am sure if we’d started out with the golden circle, we’d have been blown away, but with six days of all the wonders of Iceland on our backs, it failed to excite me at least. Continue reading

Landmannalaugur

After having reached Hella, we had a nice chat with our host about our plans of going to Landmannalaugur for only one afternoon, he confirmed that it is indeed doable and that you only need 90min to get there from here. He also indicated that most tourists though, usually stayed there much much longer. Unfortunately we didn’t have time. We also checked with him that the road was in good condition and that we wouldn’t have to cross any fords. Continue reading

The south coast

Let’s start with the south coast. We drove from Skaftafell to Hella and had to start out very early because we wanted to reach Hella around 12pm, so that we would have time to drive into Landmannalaugur in the afternoon.

The road along the south coast is a beautiful drive that would easily fill an entire day if only you had the time. We didn’t so the drive was given 5h seperated into 3h driving time and 2h of picture taking and general “view enjoying”. Just to be safe we also left an hour earlier. Continue reading