So if your going to visit Iceland, then do it in the worst conditions and I thought this was a good idea. My idea was to revisit Iceland but this time travel around the whole island.
The planning for this started in 2019, with a route planned, leaving a sensible travel time each day. 12 days were planned, the first two in Reykjavik, first day travelling in, with day two planned to cover the Golden Circle followed by a dip in the Blue Lagoon. Then on to the circuit of eight hotels, with a couple of two day stops, finishing back in Reykjavik.
A couple of weeks before was a little concerning with storm after storm rolling in and seeing the only route around the island closed for much of the time. But we did get a lucky break, on landing at the airport, we had atleast 9 days of sun. The first two days were spent doing the tourist things, great chance to ease into my snow driving skills.
Day 3. This was the first leg of our trip. Leaving the capital we headed to Vik, most southernly point. Staying for one night here, great to have a play on the beach.
Day 4 & 5. We headed along the coast to Diamond Beach, the black sands covered with little chips of glacier ice. great place to crack out the Pika 200’s and light up some ice…. Day 5. Glacier walk & ice caves, the highlight of my trip, seen them but to visit them is something else. Then finishing the day with a brilliant display of the northern lights.
Day 6. This was the longest trip, up & down every fjord, making our way across to our most easterly point, amazing scenery, amazing driving experience, finishing off with a thick blizzard, great to make the hot tub.
Day 7. Was an easier day, starting out in -23 degree conditions we headed off to Lake Myvatn, plenty of high mountain passes covered in snow.
Day 7. Onwards & upwards to our most northern venture, the Hotel Siglo, a amazing place, it also give a few moments for Alex to get over her tunnel phobia, 13kms of tunnels..
Day 8. We worked our way across to Lakker, a small village for a one night stop.
Day 9. Onwards to Kirkjufell, but this is where the weather turned, a closing storm made driving fun. & Kirkjufell was stuck behind some heavy cloud.
Day 10. Was our final part of the trip back to Reykjavik, where we would spend a few days to relax & get over the great trip..
It was an amazing trip with over 3500 images taken, a place to remember, to love & too revisit… one day…