I have visited Iceland few weeks ago and it was amazing. In order to blow out all doubts whether to visit this beautiful country or not, I posted a video link of my road trip. I strongly recommend to visit it, it is beautiful. Video clips were made around Rekyavik, Golden Circle, South coast (Vik etc), northern part around Olafsvik etc. Take a look and feel free to ask anything.
Firstly of all I have to say that I haven't got words to describe my feelings about Iceland.
Finally we rented a "normal car"(Hyunday I30) due to budget reasons...
Day 1) We arrived to Keflavik at night time and we slept in a guesthouse close by the airport...Our first impression at the airport and the way to the guesthouse was nice...a bit shocking the cold for us but we was ready for it so...not complaints at all!
Day 2) We was early in the morning to pick the rental car up from the office at the airport, and then we started our trip to Vik i Myrdall...on the way we did stop to see Sejladafoss and Skagafoss....Amazing!Great!Beautiful!...then we get easily Vik and the guesthouse, after a shower we went out for dinner and it was when we began to meet the snowfal and the real winter Icelandic time...again...amazing!!
Day 3) After the hole night snowing, we woke up with a beautiful and huge sun on top of our heads, and we went towards to the Glaciar, during the drive I was really really impressed "just" with the trip, mostly white and black with beautiful mountains and that ocean that make you feel really small...but...during aproximately 10km we drove thru a road with a really closed sky,snowing as I had never seen in my life...but..."This is Iceland" then we get Jokulsarlon and the Diamond Beach...I love it!!!The nature is brutal and lovely,huge,beautiful waves...We went back to Vik, and we thought that our day was off, when we stopped in Svartifoss...What can I say?The thay was perfect!
Day 4) I woke up in a beautiful day and I decided went for a 7 km running through the Vik black sand beach(I was lucky because it wasn´t almost any wind)I really enjoyed that one and I really recommend to do it...Then we went to Reykjavik, but we stopped first in Reynisfjara and Dhyrholaey...Again my eyes can´t believe what they see...We get Reyjkavik still in a light time with time enough to see the church, the sun Voyager, and the hofoi in a walk, then we went out and we really enjoyed our night out with no problems at all, everyone was helpfull and nice, we met a lot of people from the whole world and we started to hear and see pictures about the Northern Lights(we hadn`t got any luck...every night was cloudy)
Day 5) We went to The Golden Circle and Thingvellir National Park...the weather again was rough with lots of snow, but the road was safe all the time...We spent almost the hole day there, we did not want to leave it even with that snow!It is crazy there!! Finally we decided to back to Reykjavik and we went to bed early instead to go out again, to get a better rest, because we alredy "met" the Icelandic Winter and the "light blue roads-vedur.is" and we had planned to go to Akureyri the day after...
Day 6) We went early up to Akureyri...beautiful and also, sometimes scary road due to 3 full solid days snowing on the north...what a trip!what an adventure!!!We stopped anyway in Koluglufur Canyon...everything was covert on snow so the spot there was idyllic...then we get Akureyri around 20:00, and we was really impressed with the snow there (7-10cm)and also the cold(-7º to -9ºC),but...from the first minute we discovered how nice the Akureyrans are, they helped us to find a Hangkup(a 24hrs supermarket) and explained that last 3 days was there a huge snowfall and why it was a lot ot people on the street and buying in the supermarkets at night time,because they couldn´t make it in those 3 days!!!...but we really got impressed with the attitude, always an smile, always gently, always time to explain...I love Akureyri...Around 22:00 the sky turned into clear , so we went for a 2 hours walk searching Auroras...but....any luck...
Day 7)We had plan to go to Myvatn but, it was imposible due to the road states, so we stayed at Akureyri knowing very well the city, smal and cosy, but I repeat ,the best of all their people, that thay we met a really nice girl that explained Akureyri and spoke with us about Auroras there and stuff...We decided at night time to go to a forest in Akureyri really dark to search Auroras again, the sky was clear with a lot of stars, but, any luck...
Day 8)Woke up and cloudy again, I went for another 7km run around the harbour and the university(all the cars stops for you even with the green light on!!), we bought some presents and we went back to Keflavik as our flight was really early the day after and we planned to sleep at the guesthouse close by the airport again, during the way dissapears all the clouds and during the day started to melt some snow on the fields and mountains, the sun was huge again, and we tryed to find Hvitsekur, but we didn´t find it after a drive into a 30kms dry gravel road....Then we saw a volcán and stopped and we went into of it...amazing, brutal, nice...And then after Akranes started to snow very very hard again and we lost any hope to see any Auroras, because it was our last night in Iceland!!!
Finally we get Keflavik, the sky turned againt clear, and we went to the airport just to do some stuff and avoid rush at the following day...It was around 22:45, we was exhauste after a 5 hours drive and our we had to be in the airport around 04:30 for our flight...when suddenly...Appears the Northern Lights in front of us first,the both sides of the sky, then dance, then change colours...I couldn´t believe it, I wanted cry,smile,laugh,shout...It is still in my head and in my heart...And then I understood that "You can not search the Auroras, the Auroras find you"...
Day 9)Hardly 2 hours sleep and flight back to Spain...
If someone read this and have doubts about go or not go...Please, go
It is the best trip in my live and for sure that I will go back there.
Also I really appreciate if someone could give me information about the Myvatn maratón inscriptions...I know that is on the 3 of June, 36km, half-marathon and 10k races around the lake, but I don´t find the page to make the inscription or even the price of it...I think that sould be a really good excuses to meet Iceland in summer.
Thank you to everyone to read this and thank you again to Iceland24 for all the info.
I made this video of an Iceland trip I took with my boyfriend last September. It's in chronological order. It just shows the places you'll come across. If you have any questions about what you see just let me know!
We did the whole ring road clockwise in nine days! Which is doable, just a little rushed. September was a wonderful time to go because there is a lot less tourist, you can start to see some northern lights, and prices are a little cheaper because it's considered off season for the most part. The only downsides are that the days are shorter than in summer and it rains from time to time. We are from the northwest though, so it didn't bother use that much.
Anyone interested in longer hiking trips (aka trekking) can find some reports including lots of photos on my website trekking-berserker.de/
Currently there are reports on:
A trek in Hornstrandir including the less frequented area in the east up to Kaldalón and Ófeigsfjörður: Hornstrandir A trek in the eastern Highlands from the Lónsöræfi along Snæfell and Askja to Mývatn: Lónsöræfi to Mývatn
Soon to come (in September 2017, I hope): A trek in the western Highlands from Leirubakki near Hekla via Kerlingarfjöll, Hveravellir, Arnarvatnsheiði to Snæfelsnes.
Texts are in German, but from the photos & maps you will get the idea.