- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
It wasn’t our honeymoon, but I would have totally gone for a honeymoon or any reason. Iceland has took the spot in one of my to favorite trips and places in the world. The variety and beauty of the scenery was just amazing.
The nitty gritty details:
18 days, 3700 km drive around the country. We basically drove the one road around, and then detoured up to the fiords in the north west. If I had to do it again, I’d probably skip that, and just head back toward Reykavik after Myvatn.
- Airfare $1,331.06
- Transportation $1,379.26 (900 for the rental car, the rest for gas)
- Lodging $1,839.75 (budget accomodations, many shared baths. I normally dont do shared baths, but actually didn’t really mind it)
- Food $672.13 (We did shockingly good here given the cost of dining there. Food and everything else for that matter is very expensive. We could have easily spent upwards of $150/day for food if we had to eat out, but we brought some quick meals, and granola bars from home. Then did a lot of grocery shopping and cooking of very simple meals. We did eat out a handful of times though. Meals are typically 3500-5500 ISK (~$30-$50) a dish and there were no ‘cheap eats’ fast food type things that we could find.
- Shopping $8.29 (a single misc souvenir)
- Attraction $847.87 (All parks are free, but we did the Askja Tour, and a Caving/Snorkel tour)
- Total ~ $6,080
Route with overnight stays marked:
First day we did the Golden Circle, including Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss. It’s a about 40 minutes from Reykavik and many people day tirp it out there.
This was a pic I took while snorkelling in Silfra in 2 deg C water. We had otter suits which kept us dry and warm, but my face was totally numb by the end of it. And the seals around your neck and wrist have to be TIGHT. Unfortunately, my wrist seal was loose, and leaked a little, and my neck one was way too tight. By the end of it, I though I was going to pass out from the pressure of the headgear, and feeling like I was being choked for 45 minutes! They say the water there is coming out of the edge of a lava field at the lake, which is what makes it crystal clear, and drinkable. Yup, we drank the fresh water we were snorkeling in.
It’s amazing how much water is moving around the country. There are amazing waterfalls like every 10 feet it seems like!
Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon tour.
One of the best parts of the trips, was deviating off the trail a bit to try to get to the pool we could see in the distance of Litlanesfos. We ended up all the way out at the edge of the falls – an amazing view and so much fun hopping around on the tops of the basalt columns.
Namafjall boiling mud pots
Grotagja natural hot springs
We even got a glimpse of the northern lights!!
The weather is crazy. Rain, sun, rain, sun, half cloudy, windy, cold. But I saw more rainbows there in 18 days than I’ve probably seen in my life. It was almost a daily sighting.
Dynjandi waterfall- highlight of the west fiords for me.
Water seeping out of the lava field joining with the passing river