What’s the Deal with Iceland??
So many people have asked us why we picked Iceland. Even more have asked us what there is to see in this amazing country.
We chose Iceland after seeing ONE picture. We had planned another trip for our three year anniversary, but a picture of Iceland’s ice caves popped up and we fell in love. Then we found flights for $99 and knew it was a good option for us (who doesn’t love $99 flights!?). We did need to go though.
This post is pre-Iceland. We’ll change everything after we get home. We’ll post all about what worked and what was a bust.
We felt totally overwhelmed trying to plan out our time there. Other bloggers recommend only seeing the lower third of Iceland if you just have 5-6 days (which is how long we’ll have there). Nate and I decided that we wanted to see the WHOLE island, so we are.
We started with this map…
We looked everything up and put a dot on things we wanted to at least drive through/by and an X on anything we wanted to get out and see. Once we knew where our time was going to be spent we divided up our days accordingly.
Day 1: Reykjavik Area
- About 4 hours of driving
- The Blue Lagoon
- The “Golden Circle” tour. This is about 140 miles of driving and will include a geysir, waterfalls, a national park, a volcano, and a lagoon
- Dinner at Matarkallarinn – (Thank you!)
Day 2: Reykjavik to Höfn
- About 5 hours and 30 minutes of driving
- Waterfalls in Myrdalsjokull
- Volcano near Vik
- Black sands beach in Vik
- Glacier Lake in Jokularlon
- Town of Hofn
Day 3: Höfn to Akureyri
- About 6 hours of driving
- Waterfalls in Dettifoss
- Town of Husavik
- Shelter of the Gods in Asbyrgi
- Waterfalls in Godafoss
- Town of Akureyri
Day 4: Akureyri to Hólmavík
- About 4 hours and 15 minutes of driving
- Town of Blonduos
- An old shipwrecked boat
- Rock formations near Hólmavík
Day 5: Hólmavík to Ólafsvík
- About 6 hours of driving
- Waterfalls near Dynjandi
- Cliffs at Latrabjarg
- Red sands beach at Raudisandur
- Town of Stykkisholmur
- Mountain near Olasvik
- Northern lights (hopefully!)
Day 6: Ólafsvík to Keflavík Airport
- About 5 hours of driving.
- Rock formations in Arnarstapi
- Church at Budir
- Flying home
15 Fun Facts About Iceland
- A majority of Icelanders believe in elves.
- There are no forests in Iceland.
- There is a volcanic eruption every 4 years on average.
- At about 39,000 square miles, Iceland is small – close to the size of Ohio.
- At 43.5 hours per week, they have the longest work week in Europe.
- 60% of the Icelandic population lives in Reykjavík (the capitol).
- Consumption of Coca–Cola per capita is higher than in any other country.
- There aren’t any McDonald’s Restaurants anywhere in Iceland.
- First names not previously used in Iceland must be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee.
- In Iceland owning a pet snake, lizard or turtle is against the law.
- The Icelandic police don’t carry guns. Crime in Iceland is very low and violent crime is practically nonexistent.
- Iceland does not have an army, navy or air force.
- The Icelandic language remains unchanged from ancient Norse. That means 1,000-year-old texts are still easily read.
- Babies in Iceland are routinely left outside to nap.
- Raw puffin heart is considered a delicacy.
After looking at these photos we hope you are inspired to visit Iceland too! Thanks for reading! Like, follow, and subscribe to follow along. Comment your favorite part of Iceland!