So some weeks ago, I went on a short trip to Iceland. It was only a couple of days, but enough to convince me I definitely need to come back again.
I had never been to Iceland before. But what an amazing country – If you like hiking and nature in general. A land, which has a lot to offer and is full of amazing landscapes. Perfect for what I like to take photos of (as you may have seen on my Instagram profile). Which was also one of the main reasons, where I gave this volcano island a visit.
So what do I want with this post? I decided to build this post up as follow:
• A short introduction of Iceland and where you can find more information.
• My trip to visit Iceland and what I have learned from this trip and can use towards my next trip and learnings you could apply to your trip potentially
• Last some photo samples from my trip.
Iceland - What and where?
Iceland is an island localised in the North Atlantic Ocean(65'N,18'W). It’s an island with huge contrast in landscapes from being a mix of volcanoes and lava fields to geysers, forest and hot springs, all surround by the relentless sea. Iceland is also located at the beginning of the latitude to the Arctic circle. Which means long days during the summer and vice versa during the winter. This also means that you might have the possibility to see the Northern light. Unfortunately was I unlucky regarding cloudy nights while I was there (something you can't control).
Even though the land is the 18th largest country and approx. 103,000 km2. The population is around 332.000 people. Thus a lot of inhabited land to explore and discover. National language is Icelandic, second language is English and third Danish. Fun Fact: Iceland is the youngest country in the world.
The source and for more information as well, check: http://www.visiticeland.com/ Here's also information regarding activities and the beautiful sights.
My trip to Iceland
With a late departing flight Monday and returning flight early Friday morning. This left me with a few days in Iceland and little time explores the sceneries of the Icelandic landscape. So with this in mind, I went to hvalfjörður and saw Glymor plus the amazing surroundings. The second day I went to see the famous DC-3 Planewreck in Sólheimasandur and the lovely town Vik. The last day I started with a trip south through Grindavik, then Strandakirkja and then north to see Crater lake Kerið. I stopped plenty of times to have minor walks and see the landscapes. Here I have a little request to Icelandic road administration. Please consider making many more rest area/view spot parking along with your roads. How many times I saw the most beautiful views after another. But couldn't stop anywhere. It's just a suggestion :)
Unfortunately, I wasn't very lucky to see the Northern Lights due to cloudy nights. Even though it sounded like it wasn't a big deal on my fellow Scandinavians, I would have been delighted to see it for the first time and it was definitely one of the big hopes to see it for the first time. Well.. it's giving me one more excuse to visit lovely Iceland again.
SO a huge lack of research from my side. Here's some advices.
Iceland is huge and you will spend much time in a car. Maybe even more due the winter time because of the road condition (which can shift quickly from clear weather to a minor snowstorm). The maximum speed limit in Iceland 90 kilometre (56mph) and there can be lots of curves, so if you have the possibility and time, maybe book a night or two in multiple hotels around your trip in Iceland. And don't assume that you can see everything in a week. Iceland has a lot to offer.
Another thing (which I find brilliant) is that you have to walk a while to see the attractions. The parking space may often be located a few kilometre from the actually attraction, for example, Glymur and the plane wreckage. Don't expect just to drive all the way, get out of the car and a take few shots with your camera. Also strongly remember your hiking boots and clothes suited to the activity.
Last and maybe the most important advice. If you haven't considered to visit Iceland. Do it. It's simply amazing and a great experience and the Icelanders are lovely and warm people. They will always help you and give advice if needed plus nearly everyone speaks fluent English. So no worries. Furthermore, if you speak Danish, then you're double guaranteed against any communications gap. Danish is still the official third language in Iceland (source visiticeland.com).
If you due to this have become more interested in Iceland, I have here listed some links for more information and inspiration: