From the hot to the cold - Iceland
|Flying above Greenland
Already the flight from Portland to Reykjavik was spectacular. As it was early July, the sun didn't set all night and so we could enjoy a beautiful view on the glaciers and fjords of southern Greenland. We landed early in the morning, just an hour earlier than our friends Sylvia and Jessica from Switzerland who joined our weeklong tour of Iceland.
The first challenge was finding our car rental guys. They were a bit too relaxed and only showed up after a good hour. The first car they gave us had problems with the gear box (a déjà vu from Australia), but an hour or so later we finally filled our car with all our luggage and four people and left. Our first stop was Reykjavik. We didn't know
|Just outside our Airbnb in Mosfellsbaer
The landscape was stunning and changed every kilometer. Plains with lots of grass and flowers, rugged mountains, some snow on top, rivers, the sea. We got it all. The weather changed equally fast: sun, rain, fog, wind and rain again. We visited some nice waterfalls and villages on the way. Soon enough we were tired of our journey and finally found a great camping spot next to a small side road close to Blönduós, on the north shore.
|Plenty of waterfalls
The next day we continued driving through amazing landscapes, visited plenty of waterfalls and got wet several times. In the afternoon it was pretty rainy when we arrived in Akureyri, the second biggest town of Iceland. It felt like a large village. But by now we knew what and how much provisions we needed per person per day, so we went shopping for pretty much the rest of our trip. Again we stayed at a very nice Airbnb appartment right in the city center of Akureyri. Me and Jessica went to the spa / swimming pool while Lisa and Sylvia went running and after a nice dinner we all fell asleep pretty fast.
|A muddy ride
|Ice in the lake
Iceland was a great experience and I'm sure I'll go there again, as there is still so much to be explored. But next time, I'd do a few things differently. First, I'll try to go not during peak season, but somewhere more in the shoulder season like may, early june or september. Second, I hope to do more off the beaten path stuff, like hiking and camping in the highlands and only use F roads. Third, I definitely want to bring more gear to enjoy the rough and unpredictable weather. So the trip is going to be even more fun than this time!
More pictures of our road trip around Iceland