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Iceland Diary

Planning for Iceland trip wasn’t easy. We looked up many online itineraries, spoke to friends, looked up hobbit’s previous visit here, and yet craving for more days. In the end, we decided to do this as a 15-day road trip. And Here is how it all spanned out for us

Day 1: Arrive in Reykjavik

We flew in from Greenland to Iceland on this day, 6/26 2016 to be precise. We stayed in City apartments, and it was a great pick! Our activity for the day included the ATV tour followed by a plunge in Blue Lagoon, a complete surreal experience and a must have for any traveller to Iceland. Here is the link to our ATV ride.

Day 2: Activities near Reykjavik

Today was the day to explore the places in & around Reykjavik. We started our day with the horse riding tour and it was quite a ride. It wasn’t the only ride in the day for us, as we made our way to Riverjet for an adventure in the cold water. On the way back to our apartments, we picked some berries from the local farms which tasted delicious. You can see the agencies we worked with for Horseriding and Riverjet.

Day 3 : Snaefellness

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waterfalls along the drive

Once again, we started our day with Buggy tour and it was one of the best experience we had as it was private for us and the scenery was simply breathtaking, and then drove around different places to finally make our way into Snaefellness We visited Fossatun, saw the first waterfalls on the trip at Hraunfossar and barnafoss, drove past the town of Deildartunguhver, zipped passed through Borganes, and finally crashed at the Snorrastadir farm holidays to get the true rustic farm lifestyle :). It was one of the cutest accommodation we had on our entire trip with an outdoor heated jacuzzi and greenery all around with beautiful mountains as the backdrop.

Day 4: Ísafjörður

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4*4 is a must on these gravel roads

We started our trip by exploring Snaefellsnes, went on a closed road, which lead us close to a mountain, in middle of nowhere. Hit the main road back and drove to Vatnshellir, saw the ancient caves, and rushed to catch our only ferry on this trip from Stykkisholmur to Brjánslækur. Highly recommend that you get your tickets prior to the trip. Once we crossed the water, we visited the less explored parts of Iceland.Namely Patreksfjörður ,Tálknafjörður, the beautiful  Dynjandi waterfalls , Dýrafjörður and finally into .Ísafjörður. Most people skip this part but we felt that this was one of the most scenic drives in Iceland.

Day 5: Blonduos

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Amazing views at Borgavirki

Ísafjörður was a beautiful little town and very close to the port, we started the day by a drive to Holmavik, followed by Drangsnes. We then made our way into Hvitserkur ,Borgavirki and Vatnsdalur to finally make our way into Blonduos. Our initial plan was to kayak around the area, but we decided to take it easy and enjoy the drive and scenery after the long driving day previously.

 

Day 6: Akureyri

 

We started early to get to Blonduos, which was followed by Skagafordur, and then hofsos. Next stop on the way was Trollaskagi before finally making it to Akureyri. We stayed in an amazing modern villa which was designed extremely well. After having some Maggi in the cool weather, we drove to this place called

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Aldeyjarfoss in full swing

. The terrain is quite rough once you get off the main road. And there is short hike to get to the falls. It was a beauty to admire a mighty milky waterfall however we couldn’t spend much time there since it started raining and getting even colder. Following this, we headed to Godafoss! I tell you Icelandic waterfalls can never disappoint you.

 

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Gorgeuos Godafoss

Day 7: Lake Myvatn

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Dettifoss in full flow

A trip is not complete without having some Indian food. And so we found a small takeaway place this afternoon in the town of Akureyri while on our way to Lake Myvatn. There was a lot to see on this day. Husavik whale watching in turbulent seas, to Asbyrgi Canyon and ending the day in beautiful dettifoss waterfall! After all this, it was refershing to come to Dimmuborgir cottages to relax and get some rest.

Day 8: Askja tour

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Another waterall along the tour to Askja

We decided to take a day tour to Askja today versus driving there as the roads are not suitable for everyone and we wanted to play it safe. The tour took the whole day and we thoroughly enjoyed walking in the snow to get to the crater. Glad that we bought all the necessary equipment. Weather wasn’t so much on side so we couldn’t see crater very clearly and had to rush a bit, but still an incredible experience.

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Askja Crater

Day 9: Egilsstadir

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Drive through eastern Iceland

Started the day in Lake Myrtan where shobhit’s drone finally gave up and crashed. We proceeded to Namaskard and Borgardjordue Evstri. It was a long day to drive, so that’s what we did, but it was pleasant to drive through Seydisfjordur and Egilsstadir.

Day 10: Drive to Hofn

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Vestrahorn mountains

Today was perhaps the most scenic route of all. It began from Hallormsstadarskogur, seeing numerous fjord sceneries, and heading into Djupivogur, exploring the famous vestrahorn mountains and seeing their reflection in water and finally arriving in Hofn via sokksnes.

Day 11: Jokulsarlon Experience!

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Flying high at Jokulsarlon

We had been waiting for this day throughout the trip. And finally we were there. An hour drive to get to Jokulsarlon and we went ahead with our Zodiac boat tour and sat through the currents, watching icebergs move slowly and drift away on the ocean. We saw some seals too sitting on those mighty icebergs. We were so enthralled with this place that we visited it twice, the evening we got to that area and next morning again for the boat ride. Ensure that you book the ride in advance if you want to go on Zodiac boats. Just opposite the lagoon is the beach which people refer to as diamond beach as the icebergs come over on the beach depending on the current flow. It is truly a marvelous experience!

 

Day 12: The golden circle

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Yesha under Seljalandfoss

Today was the day to explore all the golden circle spots. From the famous beaches of Vik, to Fjadrargliufur canyon, famous plane crash location, Skogafoss, Selkalandfoss to finally come and stay in Hvolsvollur. Our best moment of the day clearly being the 2 magnificent waterfalls.

Day 13: Landmannagalaur

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Jaw drawpping views along the Landmannagalaur ride

Today was the day where we did our second private tour of the trip. Heading over to the wild in Landmannagalaur in a 4*4 jeep. The highlight was definitely driving up a mountain while on the jeep 🙂 . Well, we really had a skilled driver. It was cloudy day to start with but it got better with time.

Day 14: Pingvellir and Gullfoss

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Snowmobiling through the glacier

If you only have 1 day to spend in Iceland, you probably want to do this trip. Our day started with Gullfoss waterfall, which is amazingly massive. This was follwed by the snowmobiling on the glacier. Then we made our way to Strokkur Geyser and enjoyed a bunch of geysers go off. Our last stop of the day was Þingvellir National Park which has some more waterfalls. After this, it was time to head back to Reyjavik

Day 15: Back home

We came back to Reykjavik to enjoy our last night in city. Our timing was perfect, as Iceland had just defeated UK in a soccer game so we celebrated with the locals for their win. Just about the perfect way to wrap up a memorable trip.

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