"Iceland - Around the island" Iceland by Neurolove

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Reykjavik was our first stop in Iceland given the close proximity to Keflavik Airport. The short bus ride from Keflavik to Reykjavik gives a taste of the interesting geological forces at work on this amazing island. There are many places where it appears the ground is cracking and at bursting point from the pressure just beneath the surface. There is a lot to do in Reykjavik, and although we only spent one full day in the city before moving north, we found it to be a great city for walking and observing the beautiful coastline and interesting architecture. We were not too interested in some of the more popular sites, like the geothermally heated Blue Lagoon, as we were trying to steer clear of the tourist crowds, and instead opted to visit a local flea market, looking at the various odds and ends for sale and trying some delicious smoked fish they were selling at an adjacent market.

Westfjords - The Strandir Coast

Our second stop in Iceland was in the beautiful Westfjords in Northwest Iceland. We rented a car in Reykjavik and drove four hours North to Holmavik, through some truly stunning landscapes. Stopped there for a quick bite to eat then drove up the Strandavegur (Rt 643) to Djupavik. The road is carved into the sides of the mountainous hills that border the coastline, and the scenery is jaw-dropping. Stark foggy cliffs cutting straight into the water - and the hillsides are bright green, dotted with hundreds of sheep. Rather reminiscent of Northern Scotland, but a bit more rugged.

North Iceland - Husavik, Myvatn, and beyond

After two days in the Westfjords, we drove to Husavik in north central Iceland, stopping by in the beautifully picturesque town of Siglufjörður on the way. Husavik is only a 45 minute drive to Lake Myvatn and the surrounding lava fields. This area is one of the most interesting places I have ever seen. The lake itself is stunning, and possibility for some very interesting hikes and walks in the rugged and desolate area is great. Our intention for our last day was to do a whale watching tour, as we were staying with someone in Husavik who works for a local tour company, and she highly recommended it. Unfortunately an Arctic storm blew in, making it impossible. With one full day remaining we decided on an impromptu 11 hour drive around the rest of the island, heading east towards Detifoss, Europe's largest waterfall, and then to the town of Hofn, at the far eastern side of the country. We then headed west back towards Reykjavik, stopping at the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier, which calves into the ocean creating a stunning sight.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful and scenic countryside, wonderful people, unforgettable experiences
  • Cons:Relatively expensive, especially fuel and alcohol
  • In a nutshell:A truly unique and magnificent place with some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen.
  • Last visit to Iceland: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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