Exploring Iceland

The below aims to provide itinerary and logistical information for our 5 day trip to Iceland (and other blog posts provide the detail and context).

Day 1 – flight, Blue Lagoon, Northern Lights

Our flight landed at Reykjavik international airport and we met our transfer driver in the terminal. It was a short drive to the Blue Lagoon where we explored the area, changed into our swimsuits and spent a couple of hours relaxing in the hot waters and chill air surrounded by the volcanic scenery of Iceland.

A ~40 minute drive along the flat lava fields to the city of Reykjavik and to the Apotek Hotel which was to be our base for the next few days.

We had pre-booked the Northern Lights tour through SuperJeep.is who had a number of 4x4s and knew good places to head for that were also off-road. They picked us up from the hotel at 8pm and we drove for about an hour to a spot near the Thrihnukagigur Volcano.

Day 2 – Golden Circle

Also organised through superjeep.is, we had a 4×4 with driver and one other couple in the car. The day explored the below sites (only the Langjokul Glacier area was truly off road but the others could be reached in a normal car).

  • Faxifoss
  • Geysir area, Strokkur
  • Langjokul Glacier
  • Thingvellir

Day 3 – pick up hire car, explore downtown Reykjavik, Whale Watching

I had booked a rental car from rentalcars.com since we could pick it up at the nearby Harpa Concert Hall. It opened at 8am so I got there early and was driving back to our hotel by 8.20. The roads are generally easy to navigate although I still managed mishap which ended up with me driving down the wrong side of a dual carriage way!

From the port, we booked a Whale Tour (knowing it wasn’t really the season but we fancied a day on a boat). The tour lasted several hours, was extremely cold but had lovely views of the coastline. We did glimpse the disappearing tail of a dolphin but no whales.

Day 4 – South Coast

The day started at about 8am with the jeep taking us down to the south coast. It was about a 2 hour drive to get to the first stop and then we stopped quite regularly until the final long journey home.

  • Urriðafoss (ur-rid-a-foss) 
  • Seljalandsfoss 
  • Black Sand Beach
  • Skogafoss
  • Dyrholaey Lighthouse
  • Sólheimajökull glacier

Day 5 – Snæfellsnes Peninsular, Iceland

The drive north took approximately 2 hours for us to reach the junction of Route 54 and 55 which seemed like the start of the peninsular drive (although the entire drive was very scenic).

  • Vatnaleid (Vatnaleið) Mountain Pass (route 56)
  • Kirkjufellsfoss
  • Snæfellsjökull National Park
  • Londrangar
  • Arnastapi for lunch and Stone Bridge
  • Buoakirkja Black Church

Day 6 – exploring Reykjavik and flight home

Our final day was mainly spent in Reykjavik exploring some of the sights and purchase a few souvenirs before heading back to the airport to fly home.

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