Dear fellow travelers,
in our latest post we showed you the first part of our itinerary. Let’s move on to the rest of our trip.
Day 7: East Fjörds, Höfn. From Egilsstaðir we reached the East Fjörds. We headed first to Seyðisfjörður, a nice and original town at the feet of the mountains with many concept stores, artists workshops and the cutest little blue church. We continued to Mjóifjörður, an almost inhabited fjord (the village counts only 42 inhabitants!), that you can reach through a gravel road with a breathtaking view. At the end of the road there’s a surprise: an abandoned rusty fish boat lies on the shore. We fell in love with this place! We then followed the Hringvegur till Höfn, a small town on the harbor, where we tasted the typical humar, delicious king prawns: very good but also expensive!
We stayed at Marina Guesthouse, a clean and nice apartment with shared bathroom, kitchen and common room, that we booked on AirBnB.
Day 8: Jökulsárlón, Skaftafell, Sólheimasandur, Vík í Mýrdal. From Höfn we headed to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, probably one of the most iconic landscapes of Iceland. We had booked a tour in advance with Ice Lagoon Adventure Tours , a 1-hour boat trip in the glacier lagoon for 9.500 ISK (a bit expensive but totally worth it!). The guide explained us all about the lagoon and gave us plenty of information, we really recommend it!
We then visited the Skaftafell National Park, hiking to see the beautiful Svartifoss, a work of art of nature.
Following the Hringvegur we then arrived to Vík í Mýrdal, a beautiful little town with a red and white church on top of the hill, also known for its sea stacks along the shore. Before resting at our accommodation, we went past the village and ventured to Sólheimasandur, a beach where lies an abandoned american DC plane, that crashed during the 70s. If you are coming from Vík as we were, you need to follow the Hringvegur towards Selfoss, then, once past the Mýrdalsjökulsvegur on your right, you need to pay attention to a closed gravel road on you left: it is the path to the wrecked DC plane. It’s more or less a 40 minutes walk from there… very windy but totally worth it once you arrive!
While in Vík, we spent the night in a beautiful AirBnB that we really want to recommend you: Martina & Jon Bed and Breakfast is located close to Vík, with a wonderful view on the valley. They were very welcoming and the breakfast was amazing! 😋
Day 9: Golden Circle, Grindavík. The following day we visited the most touristic part of the island, the so called Golden Circle, that includes the famous Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir National Park, where lies a rift valley that marks the boundary between the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates. We travelled then towards Grindavík, where we visited the geothermal site of Krýsuvík, and then stayed at a guesthouse.
Day 10: Blue Lagoon, Reykjiavík. Early in the morning we headed to the famous Blue Lagoon near Grindavík. The structure is more sophisticated than the one in Mývatn, but it’s also extremely touristic. The water was warm and milky as in the photos you can see everywhere. We booked the entrance in advance on the official website and we suggest you to do so since there are many people during summer and you risk queuing for a long time or not finding a place at all. We booked the standard formula with just the entrance to the lagoon and the silica mud mask, but there are several upgrades proposed. It was a nice and relaxing experience, especially at the end of the trip and we enjoyed it!
We then traveled back to Reykjiavík where we finally left our dear Dacia Duster, completely covered in mud and dust 😄
Once in Reykjiavík we went whale watching. We took a tour with Whale Safari that we booked online, but there are several companies proposing the same tour leaving from Reykjiavík harbour. Unfortunately we didn’t have the chance to spot any whale during the 3-hour tour, but we saw Icelandic dolphins!
Day 11: Reykjiavík and back home. Our last morning in Iceland was spent strolling in the city centre, buying postcards and looking for local street art. We ate lunch at Gló, the most popular healthy food restaurant in the capital, that offers organic products, vegetarian and vegan meals.
Then, sadly, it was time to head to Keflavík for our flight back home.
We already dream to go back to Iceland…Eating the Road again! 😊