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By popular demand here is this fixed topic whose aim is to combine photos, videos and travel diaries of our followers and their travel experience in Iceland.
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A road trip, check it out :)

matejjj
Hey everyone,

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YdIG8REATw
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Re: A road trip, check it out :)

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many thanks for the video!
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Re: A road trip, check it out :)

Uliana
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Looks great! I also would like to share my video from Iceland! What an amazing country!

https://youtu.be/4ULLeVYCK7Y
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Amazing videos!!! Thank you for sharing.

I´ll create a topic to share travel experiences of all the people who follow us.

Warm regards,
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video ROADTRIP ICELAND 2017

Laura Jones
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Hello,

Sorry for my bad English, I am a French girl :

here is my Iceland's video :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IXNatGYgz8


thank you so much !!
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Re: Trip to Iceland in November-finally in March´17

Rubenfm
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Hello to everyone,

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.

Rubén
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Re: video ROADTRIP ICELAND 2017

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Merci Laura!
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Re: video ROADTRIP ICELAND 2017

Iceland24
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Thank you so much Ruben for sharing your experience.



Best regards,
Berglind
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Iceland Ring Road Roadtrip

Nicolealdatravel
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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!



https://m.youtube.com/watch…

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.
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Dear Nicolealdatravel,

Thank you for your video.  

But I cannot see it.

Best regards,
Berglind
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Re: Photos, videos and travel diaries of our followers

Trekking-Berserker
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Hi all!
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.


Cheers
Bernd
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Thank you Bernd.
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I Love you Iceland

donce
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Thank you for sharing this amazing video done!!

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14 August days in Iceland

NMilandt
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11. August

Arrival in Keflavik airport. Bus shuttle to Reykjavik. We checked-in to our AirBnB and had dinner at local restaurant just outside the city center called “Borðið”. Great food for a reasonable price.

11-14. August

Sightseeing in Reykjavik. The harbor, hallgrimskirkja and national museum are all great sites to see in the inner city.  We also booked a day tour to Langajokull as a part of the grey hound bus tour “into the glacier”. Great experience walking inside the glacier as part of a guided tour. Iceland has many glaciers and walking tours are offered at many of them, but this tunnel system is unique to Iceland and gives a great look into the living nature of a glacier. A little expensive, but worth the money.



15. august

Got our rental car, a Toyota Landcruiser, and started driving along highway 1, following the western coastline. A few great sights along the way. We hadn't planned any stops on our tour apart from saving the common must-see sites to Google maps. Accommodation can be hard to find on a day to day basis so we brought a tent, just in case.
We had an Icelandic horse center recommended from a friend and decided to camp at their farm, Hallkelsstaðahlíð, a little southeast of Snæfellsnes. Beautiful place with over 100 horses and situated just beside a large lake, where fishing is permitted.
We went for a 1-hour riding tour and went to see Erdberg, a small volcanic crater. Great 45 minute hike each way. The crater was really nice, also compared to other, and more famous, craters we saw during our stay.

16. August

The owner invited us on a small tour around the farm, so we went around the grounds in her car. She was very nice and had a lot to tell about the horses.
We then left for the snæfellsnes national park. Went clockwise along the paved road, seeing seals at Ytri Tunga beach coast along the way. I recommend keeping an eye out for the “point of interest “ signs when driving as there are many great stops along the way.




The glacier is rather small compared to others in Iceland but is marvelous because you can get so close. It is possible to hike but also drive to the glacier edge, so we decided to set the Landcruiser on its first test and drove op the mountains gravel road. This quickly turned into quite the off-road experience. We made it all the way to the glacier edge, taking a short stop to enjoy the view.

Phone data and overall reception are great all across Iceland so we found a room at the Comfort guest house in Stykkisholmur through Airbnb. A little overpriced, but the room was nice and had an included breakfast. We went out to have Dinner at Narfeyrarstofa a small local restaurant with great food. We were initially told that they were fully booked when calling them in the afternoon. We decided to try out luck by showing up anyway and got a table for 2. Great lamb!

17. August

We were not aware of the ferry route from Stykkisholmur north to the westlands, a part of Iceland famous for its raw nature and astonishing birdlife. We had it recommend but decided that it was not worth the long drive. Instead, we set off northwest and ended up at Bakkaflöt Guesthouse in the northern part of Iceland. We had seen a flier advertising their river rafting tours and their campsite had great reviews and included hot tubs and cooking facilities. They also offered guesthouse rooms that seemed nice.



18. August

River rafting! Iceland is home to some of the greatest river rafting spot in the world. Bakkaflöt offered both the west and east glacier river, the former a family tour while the latter is advertised as extreme rafting. There was no doubt in our minds - we had to go extreme! And boy were we in for a treat! After suiting up, we drove 30 minutes with our 3 Nepalese instructors and set out on the 2-hour rafting experience of a lifetime, including intense rapids, cliff-diving and everybody being in the water at one time. Being a little cold, the lamp soup offered in the car home definitely hit the spot!

 

One trip to the hot tubs later, we drove towards Dalvik, a small fishing community at the north coast. On the way we made a stop at Holár a small town renowned for its agricultural university. For anyone interested in Icelandic horses, this is a place worthy of pilgrimage. We had Guesthouse Skeið recommend and had a great stay at one of their small cottages.

19. August

All travel guides recommend whale safaris and we read that Dalvik was a great place and possibly cheaper than other sites such as Husavik. The price difference was not apparent when searching the Internet, but regardless we booked a tour with Arctic sea tours in Dalvik. They had 4 daily tours, but apparently, they fused their two afternoon tours, so the departure time was changed a few hours in advance.
The tour was quite the experience in many ways. Very little information was given during the 20-minute bus ride to another harbor and during the loading of what looked like an old modified fishing boat. We did, however, get great tour guide support during the whale safari and we had the pleasure of seeing 4 humpbacks. The tour also included some angling and a barbecue afterward. However, the unexpected bus tour was apparently due to the whales being very far within the fjord and because we were the last tour of the day, we had to sail back to Dalvik. It was 1,5 hours of sailing, leaving a large portion of the boat seasick. We caught a few herrings thou, so the barbecue was pretty good.



Following the traumatizing boat tour, a greasy meal was called for! We had burgers at Dj Burger in Akureyri, the largest northern town of Iceland. Godafoss was just on the way there and was one among many awesome waterfalls in the area.

We ended the day at a camping site just south of Akureyri.

20. August

Iceland has many geothermal areas. Most famous is the Geysir area of the Golden Circle. However, the Myvatn area has some truly amazing hot springs and steam seems to be coming out of the ground everywhere! There are many sites to see and a lot of great hikes. We could easily have used 2 full days in the area. Our first day there also included a trip to the more sparsely touristed Adeljafoss. It's an 80 km round trips on gravel roads, but the chance of being almost alone with this beautiful waterfall and its rock formations is worth the bumpy ride.

We booked a room at the Vogafjos Guesthouse. A unique and cozy place there is surely recommendable.



21. August

We still had some sites in Myvatn to go, so after a hearty breakfast we set out. North of the area is the “Diamond circle”. We took a shortened route including Selfoss and the huge Dettifoss, turning back south after a stop at the marvelous Asbýrgi rock formation.

We wanted to get the most out of our 35” tired 4x4 so we drove for the Highlands filling up the tank at the last station near road 923. Then it was off to the F-roads!

The roads were in initially just the usual gravel but turned more rocky and bumpy. Be sure to have the right car if you want the use the F-roads!

We planned to camp at the foot of the volcano Askja. It's true what is said about the Icelandic Highlands - there really is nothing there. However, there is a small campsite that offers lodging and a gravel campsite. It's manned in the summer months and is also a base of operations for the park rangers.

22. August


Hearing the stories of the highlands, we feared that our car would not be up to the challenge. We consulted with the rangers who were very friendly and actually made a round in the morning asking everybody about their plan. They probably wanted to stop anybody from doing something stupid… In the end, it will be them pulling you out of the dirt.
To our great satisfaction, our truck was deemed up for the job.

We then made the hike to the summit of Askja and what a sight! The huge crater was filled with an enormous lake of mirroring water, while a smaller crater had hot springs heating it's blue-greenish water to 25 Celsius. Perfect for a swim or at least dipping your toes!



After our descent, we headed out of the small F910 track. It was only 61 km in a straight line to the junction with the larger F26, but the drive took almost 6 hours. Talk about bumpy driving in the middle of nowhere! The Volcanic scenery was amazing, however, and you pass by the newest lava field in Iceland with its sharp, black and brittle surface.

Surviving the drive, we checked-in to a hotel ending a long day of driving with a deserved sit in the hot tubs.

23. August

Having taken a cross-country shortcut across the Highlands, we were now at the southern coast.
The Icelandic south is home to some amazing waterfalls including Skogafoss and while we had seen both seals and whales, we still hadn't seen any puffins.

Luckily the beaches and coastal cliffs of Vik is a great place to observe the unique bird. We forgot our binoculars at home. Don't make the same mistake!



Driving west via road 1, we passed several sites. Along the coast, an old plane crashed on the beach many years ago and it's possible to see the wreckage. What no one told us was that there is a 5 km hike from the parking lot to the plane. Really not worth it.

We had our last night of camping on a campsite near Hella.

24. August

Leaving Reykjavik at the start of our tour,  we were split on whether we should take the Golden Circle at the start or end of our trip. Ultimately we decided the ladder.
It's no secret that the circle is pretty crowded, so we tried to be smart and do it backwards starting at Gullfoss. Awesome waterfall, but nothing special compared to some of the others of our tour. Geysir was great as well. The boiling water ponds were no upgrade from the Myvatn area, but the unique Geysir eruptions were spectacular and frequent. The area was big, so despite the 4 busses at the parking lot, it didn't feel too crowded.

Last stop was Pingivellir, the thousand-year-old meeting place of the Icelandic parliament, Altinget. It's a huge national park with plenty of room for the many tourists. Many great historic spots within the park makes it a 2-3 hour stay easily.




Leaving from Keflavik the next day, we wanted to spend the night relatively close. We booked a room at Solvangur, an Icelandic horse center just south of the city Selfoss.

25. august


Iceland offers plenty of opportunities for trying out riding for the first time on their small, calm and friendly breed of horse.
If you are an experienced Icelandic horse rider, Iceland is a great place to find great instructors for master classes. The owner of Solvangur was a Holár educated instructor, so we used the morning for a few hours of riding classes.

We arranged to drop off of the car at the airport and soon we would be heading home, leaving Iceland with fond and beautiful memories.




Looking back

Driving around Iceland in your own car is a flexible way of getting to see the island. If you wanted to, it is possible to book bus tours to almost anywhere. However, it doesn't seem to be an effective way of spending your precious vacation since you will be wasting time returning to Reykjavik every day. Bus tours driving around the island can be booked as well. These are however often coupled with hotel stays so the price-tag may be something in need of consideration.
If deciding to rent a car, think hard about your need for 4x4. The road system of Iceland is getting pretty good and the maintained gravel roads are no problem for a regular car.
If you have off-road plans, consider putting in the extra money in getting a proper, big wheeled 4x4. You will see a fleet of Dacia dusters driving around the roads of Iceland, but in the end, their 13-inch tires and bad suspension won't open many doors for you.

A lot of day tours are offered from Reykjavik and some may seem expensive. Many of these tour are, however,  are a unique opportunity that you won't be able to copy in your own car. Overall the tours seem were professionally planned and everyone was friendly and on time.
This was also the case for the many activities that we tried in Iceland. We had great help from TripAdvisor in our decision making.
About the whale watching tour - remember that you are going on a boat and even though the weather starts out fine, it may change fast. If your sea-legs are doubtful you may want to consider one of the express tours.

Iceland is an expensive place both in accommodation and eating. The fish and lamb are must-dos but are usually also in the pricy end of the menu. Regardless of your budget, you should go out at least a couple of times to experience these classic Icelandic dishes.
If money is an issue then a lot of camping sites have cooking facilities. Shopping can be done at fair prices in many of the discount grocery store chains, e.g. Bonús or NETTO.

Camping sites are plentiful and usually charge 1000-2000 ISK per person. They are always available, so if you want a tour with an open schedule, bring a tent. Hotel and Guesthouse accommodations can be booked from day to day, but it may take some effort to find a free room and can ruin your budget.
A lot of fellow travelers had full-size auto campers and many had more modest camper vans. It seems like a good option,  especially if you can live with sticking to the main roads.










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Thank you so much NMilandt for sharing your travel experience.  

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Berglind
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