#2WeeksIn ... ICELAND

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We start the page #2WeeksIn... with Iceland, crossroads of two continents and land of myths and legends. Iceland is a destination that has attracted us for some time and drawing up this route allowed us to know it a little bit deeper, daydreaming our future trip.

 

The route has been designed for summer period and for young people with medium budget, with overnight stays also in guesthouses with a shared bathrooms.


How to arrive and how to move


To reach Reykjavik, the low cost airline company WowAir Link ) is recommended with direct flight from Milan and Rome. To move on the island, booking a 4x4 car would be the best option but, if you choose a sedan car, F roads should be avoided and you must monitor road surface condition on  www.road.is

 

 


Itinerary


For this itinerary a 4x4 car is not necessary since F roads are not included.

However there are many gravel roads to go across, above all in WestFjords region.

 

Day   1: Milan/Rome - Reykjavik

Day   2: Reykjavik

Day   3: Reykjavik - Hella

Day   4: Hella - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Day   5: Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Höfn

Day   6: Höfn - Reykjhalid

Day   7: Reykjhalid - Húsavik

Day   8: Húsavik - Hólmávik

Day   9: Hólmávik - Isafjordur

Day 10: Isafjordur - Stykkysholmur 

Day 11: Stykkysholmur - Reykjavik

Day 12: Penisola Reykjanes

Day 13: Reykjavik - Milan/Rome


Reykjavik


Things to see

The best way to visit Reykjavik? A totally free 2 hours walking tour  (for info: www.citywalk.is ) should be enough since things to see in Iceland capital are not so many except for Lutheran church of Hallgrimskirkja, the view from Perlan and Videy island.

 

Where to eat

It's true, eating in Iceland is quite expensive but you could try Baejarins Beztu, considered the best hot-dog in the Country but with small prices (2.5 euros). Also Tommi's Burger Joint appears interesting, and, for a local specialty ( sheep head ) BSI Drive Through is highly suggested.

 

Nightlife

The right location for a little bit of nightlife is Laugavegur with lots of bars and pubs; Rosenborg seems to be one of the best with free entry and jazz, but also Bar 11, where you can listen rock music up until late in the night and the Kex Hotel, even if this one closes really early ( 10/11 p.m.).

 

Where to sleep


Reykjavik - Hella


Stage: 248 Km, approximately 5 hour drive - no stops included.

 

To see: Golden Circle (Thingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss) and Thjorsardalur Valley ( Hjalparfoss, Háifoss ).

Morning departure from Reykjavik towards Thingvellir,  national park and UNESCO site, a place dominated by history ( the first Parliament in the world ) and Nature ( here the American and European plates touch each other ). The area is highly volcanic and the second stage is Geysir, in Haukadalur Valley, where Iceland volcanic activity showes his power with hot water springs and geysers ( the most important are Stokkur Geysir ). The third stage is Gullfoss, one of the most beautiful Icelandic falls.

In the second part of the day, you will drive on Road 32, across Thjorsardalur valley. Hjalparfoss, Gjáin and above all Háifoss are the places that can't be missed even if they require some gravel road excursions.

 

Where to sleep

  • GuestHouse Nonniwww.bbiceland.com - Double room with shared bathroom, breakfast included, at € 120.
  • Hotel Kanslarinn - www.kanslarinn.is - Double room with shared bathroom at € 130.



Hella - Kirkjubaejarklaustur


Stage: 246 Km,  4 hours and a half drive - no stops included.

 

To see: Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Dyrhólaey, Fjadrárgljúfur

Approximately 30 minutes from Hella, there is the most spectacular fall in the countrySeljalandsfoss. From here you can take a 4x4 bus and go to Thorsmork ( € 65 ), a natural reserve with paths among breathtaking views.

The next stage is the impressive and photogenic Skogafoss falls. 

Next, the trip continues towards Dyrhólaey promontory, of volcanic origin, where cliffs, hundreds of meters high, throw straight into the sea. Finally, after the little hamlet of Vík, the last stage is Fjadrárgljúfur Canyon.

 

Where to sleep


Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Höfn


Tappa: 180 kms, 2 hours drive - no stops included.

 

To see: Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón.

This relatively short stage brings us to Skaftafell National Park, southern part of Vatnajokull National Park. Here you can find different difficulty pathways which bring you to the base of glaciers. The second stage of the day is Jökulsárión, the ice lagoon, where you can find icebergs detached from sorrounding glaciers. Finally, stop at Höfn for the night.

 

Where to sleep

  • Nypugardar Guesthouse - www.glacierview.is - Double room with shared bathroom at € 106.
  • Hafnarnes Guesthouse - www.hafnarnes.is - Double room with shared bathroom at € 95.

Höfn - Reykjahlid


Tappa: 448 kms, 6 hours drive - no stops included.

 

To see: Lago Myvatn e Reydarfjordur.

Today we transfer from South to North Iceland, passing by Western Fjords. With a little deviation from N1, you can visit Fáskrúdsfjördur  and Reydarfjördur. Then, taking again N1 road, we reach Reykjahlid on Mytavn Lake. Here we can relax with a thermal bath or by driving around the lake visiting Skútustadir crater or, again, by walking on Vindbelgjarfjall to enjoy the beautiful views. Before Reykjhalid, along N1 road, Hverir and its hot mut holes surrounding by ocher hills could be another interesting stop.

 

Where to sleep

  • Elda Guesthouse -  www.elda.is/en/ - Double with shared bathroom at € 155.

Reykjhalid - Húsavik


Stage: 147 km, 3 hours drive - no stops included.

 

To see: Dettifoss, Selfoss, Asbyrgi Canyon and Whale Watching.

Few kilometers but lots of landscapes and different experiences. From Reykjhalid, by driving on 862 Road, we enter into Jökulsárglijúfur, a canyon which hosts Dettifoss falls, famous for their force, Selfoss falls, with horseshoe shape, and, finally, Asbyrgi canyon, shelter of gods. In the afternoon, we arrive at Húsavik, where, with North Sailing ( Link ) you can discover the world of whales: 3 hours of boat trip at € 75 per person ( timetable: 15.00, 16.00, 16.30, 17.00, 18.00).

 

Where to Sleep


Húsavik - Hólmávik


Stage: 426 kms, 5 hours and a half drive no stops included.

 

To see: Godafoss.

A big transfer of about 400 km. The major attraction are the Godafoss falls (Gods falls), which is near Husavik. The rest of the daytrip continues along N1 road passing across Akureyri, the second city of the Country where you can stop a little bit; the final destination is Hólmávik, the entrance to the Western Fjords region.

 

Where to sleep

  • Fiona Hotel Guesthouse - www.finnahotel.is - Double room with shared bathroom at  € 157.
  • Iceland Visit Hostel - Link - dormitory bed at € 60.

Hólmávik - Ísafjordur


Stage: 221 kms, 3 hours drive - no stops included.

 

To see: Ísafjordur and surrounding fjords.

Today the trip brings to Western Fjords capital, Ísafjordur, crossing through wonderful landscapes. From here it's possible to discover the surroundings, such as Bolungarvík and Bolafjall mountain.

 

Where to sleep


Ísafjordur - Stykkyshólmur


Stage: 178 kms, 5 hours drive- no stops included. 

 

To see: Dynjandi.

From Ísafjordur, after driving across Western fjords on Road 60 with its spectacular views, we arrive at Dynjandi falls. The next stop is BRJÁNSLAEKUR, where we embark to reach Stykkishólmur by ferry. After 2 hours and a half ( the ferry departs at 12.15 pm ) we are at the beginning of Snaefellsnes peninsula (ferry can be booked on www.seatours.is).

 

Where to sleep

  • Grund í Grundarfirdi - Link - Double room with shared bathroom at € 109. Guesthouse is situated at Grundarfjordur.

Styykishólmur - Reykjavik


Stage: 281 kms, 4 hours drive - no stops included.

 

To see: Grundarfjördur, Kirkjufell and Snaefellsjökull National Park.

Last stage of our road trip. The whole day is dedicated to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, which hosts the Snaefellsjökull National Park ( Info point at Hellnar ). Before entering the park it's quite mandatory a stop at Grundarfjördur where the Kirkjufell is wonderful.

After visiting the Snaefellsjökull National Park you can think to continue up to Hraunfossar falls, but it's a deviation of about 100 km ( one hour drive approximately ).

 

Where to sleep: see Reykjavik


Reykjanes Peninsula


Tappa: 128 kms, 2 hours and a half drive - no stops included.

 

To see: Blue Lagoon, Krisuvik.

Our last day in Iceland is dedicated to exploring the Reykjanes Peninsula, considered an Heritage Site. First stop is the bridge between continents near Sandvík which links the American plate to the European one.

The visit continues to Gunnhuver and its bubbling mud pools. Then it is time to relax at Blue Lagoon Link )  with turquoise water at 37 ° / 39 ° C. The access to the pool costs € 50.

After a bit of relax, we return to Reykjavik along the Road 42 that allows you to visit Krisuvik, another geothermal area of interest.

  

Where to sleep: Vedi Reykjavik


So....What do you think about this itineray? If you have ever been to Iceland give us some hints ...and if you have taken some cues leave a feedback ...


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