Aurora hunting: chasing Iceland’s northern lights

One of the main reasons we chose to holiday in Iceland was the chance to see the aurora borealis, or northern lights. It was a bucket-list item that I had planned to tick off one day, but initially didn’t plan to do so soon – for some reason I expected I would do it later … Continue reading Aurora hunting: chasing Iceland’s northern lights

The final leg: Akureyri to Reykjavik via Snæfellsnes and Blue Lagoon

A big day of driving. Leaving Akureyri, we travelled west then south through Blönduós, Stađur and Borganes to our final destination of Grundarfjörđur on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The trip took us through so many different types of landscapes, the rocky coastal area around Blönduós and steep mountains that rise suddenly out of the land. This … Continue reading The final leg: Akureyri to Reykjavik via Snæfellsnes and Blue Lagoon

Akureyri: Iceland’s northern capital

We are on our way from Lake Mývatn to Akureyri. Just out of Lake Mývatn we stop to view Goðafoss, waterfall of the gods, and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. After visiting so many small towns, it feels kind of strange to drive into Iceland’s ‘Northern capital’ Akureyri; the town of around … Continue reading Akureyri: Iceland’s northern capital

Eastbound and up: Egilsstaðir, Dettifoss and Lake Mývatn

On this day we had no plan but to drive. It’s quite a long drive between Höfn and Egilsstaðir, so we gave ourselves plenty of time to take in the incredible scenery. This drive takes us through the mountain route past the start of the East Fjords. The coastal route at the beginning of the … Continue reading Eastbound and up: Egilsstaðir, Dettifoss and Lake Mývatn

Getting up close and personal with glaciers: Svínafellsjökull, Svartifoss and Jökulsárlón

We start our day at 10am with a tour of Svínafellsjökull glacier  by Icelandic Mountain Guides (IMG). We meet at the IMG office in the Vatnajökull National Park Visitors Centre, get kitted up with a pair of crampons and an ice-pick each, then drive the short distance to the part of the glacier we will … Continue reading Getting up close and personal with glaciers: Svínafellsjökull, Svartifoss and Jökulsárlón

Waterfalls, swimming, and black sand beaches: Iceland’s south in one day

The second day of our road trip, after a fantastic breakfast at Hotel Ranga, we got on the road, heading for Skaftafell. We followed Route 1, in view of Eyjafjallajökull (the volcano that erupted in 2010, causing massive issues with flight paths across Europe), and made our first stop at Seljalandsfoss. Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi Seljalandsfoss … Continue reading Waterfalls, swimming, and black sand beaches: Iceland’s south in one day

Driving Iceland’s Golden Circle

If you’re planning a trip to Iceland, you’ve probably got the Golden Circle on your list. It’s a great starting point for exploring the country if you’re there for a while, or even as a day trip for shorter stays. The beauty of the Golden Circle is that you can see three quintessentially Icelandic landmarks … Continue reading Driving Iceland’s Golden Circle