Iceland has stolen our Hearts Again <3

Tripoto
5th Jul 2017
Photo of Iceland has stolen our Hearts Again &lt;3 by Aanchal Karnwal

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At this moment I am suffering from post holiday depression ( as one of my dearest friend calls it ) after my superb and awesome 11 days road trip around the most lovely island - Iceland. I was thinking of ways to overcome this depression. Guess what! writing about it seemed like the best option for self help.

So I started planning for this road trip from Nov 2016. You all must think that's way too much early, but I had to as my 11 months old baby (who was 3.5 months then) was supposed to join us on this lifetime of a road trip. So yes I took my time to plan the routes, drive times, accommodations, car hiring, sights, hidden gems, baby foods and much more.

I would like to share the details of my plans and itinerary with all other fellow travellers to make their next venture to Iceland a bit more convenient with some useful tips. So next few blog posts will be dedicated to Happy Iceland Travel

Here is a print shot of the journey we travelled to give you an idea of our journey. PS: All the stops are not included as Mr.Google will not allow me to add all places in one go. So I will break down my journey and travel plans for each day

Photo of Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal

You will notice that I have not included South west part of Iceland on the map, as we had visited that part of Iceland on our last trip to Iceland. I will provide the details on that as well.

PS: We rented a car and did a self drive tour around the Island. Our own tour, not through any tour company .We enrouted to south coast first, going anti-clock around the island.

PS: I will be writing separate posts for each of the places that are mentioned below.

Day 1 - Keflavik to Skaftafell/Vatnajokull National Park

When you arrive at the airport, your car will be ready for you to pick up and you must be geared up to start your epic road trip in Iceland.

1st Stop - Seljalandasfoss

2nd Stop - Skogafoss

3rd Stop - Vik Village and Black Sand Beach

4th Stop - Solheimasamdur Plane Wreck Site ( which sadly we could not visit, as it was pouring down heavily and we did not want a sick baby on the first day of our journey)

5th Stop - Quick Stop at Fjadrargljufur Canyons.

6th Stop - A peaceful night at your chosen accommodation. We stayed at Fosshotel Nupar, every room had huge windows with superb views.

Photo of Black Sand Beach, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Skógafoss Waterfalls, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Seljalandsfoss, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal

Day 2 - Skaftafell/Vatnajokull National Park to Berunes

1st Stop - Walking in the national Park. You can choose to go for a long hike or a small hike, hard or easy, lots of choices available.

2nd Stop - Jokulsarlon Glacier & Diamond Beach

3rd Stop - Hofn Village

4th Stop - Vestahorn Mountains in Stokksnes

5th Stop - A peaceful night at your chosen accommodation. We stayed at a cottage (YHA International Hostelling) by the sea with mountains around.

Day 3 - Berunes to Egilsstaðir

It is a beautiful coastal drive, one of our favorite drives around the island. You will love every bit of this drive.

1stStop - Petra's Stone Collection

2ndStop - Hengifoss Waterfall

3rdStop - Walk in the Hallormsstadur Forest

Photo of Hallormsstadhur, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal

Day 4 - Egilsstadir to Seydisfjordur

Walk around the this little beautiful town. It is a home to beautiful waterfalls, so if you love hiking you will have a treat.

On return, visit Egilsstadir town and may be a dip in the thermal pool.

Photo of Seydisfjordur, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal

Day 5 - Egilsstadir to Akureyri - Lots of options to explore on this drive

1stStop - Dettifoss & Selfoss

2ndStop - Viti Crater

3rdStop - Krafla Power Station

4thStop - Hevrir

5thStop - Lake Myvatn

6thStop - Godafoss

Day 6 - Visit & Explore Akureyri - This will give you little break from all the driving.

Day 7 - Akureyri to Hvammstangi

If you plan to visit west fjords during your trip, hvammstangi is a good option for a break in journey. It is a beautiful coastal town with many walks and options to check out Arctic Tern Colony.

Photo of Hvammstangi, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal

Day 8 - Hvammstangi to Isafjordur or Flatyeri

Get ready for an awesome drive in the Fjords. A part of this journey will be on the gravel road, but landscape around you will make up for it.

1stStop - Non sense Museum - You read it right, I did not make something up.

2ndStop - Old Book Store in Iceland - Worth a trip, if you love to read this is the place for you.

Photo of Flateyri, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal

Day 9 - Isafjordur

Explore Isafjordur and near by villages. Go for long hikes or short walks.

Day 10 - Flateyri to Talknafjordur

1stStop - Pingyeri Village - Museums, Village Walks.

2ndStop - Dyjandi Falls

3rdStop - Swim in natural geothermal pools

4thStop - Latrabjarg Cliffs

Day 11 - Talknafjordur to Keflavik

Get ready for the longest drive of the trip, its time to head back to Keflavik and back home

Before you go back home, visit blue lagoon to get those muscles relaxed and soak in the beauty of Iceland.

Photo of Jökulsárlón, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Sólheimajökull, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Jökulsárlón, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Jökulsárlón, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Jökulsárlón, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Jökulsárlón, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Stokksnes, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Stokksnes, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Hengifoss, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Hengifoss, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Seydisfjordur, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Seydisfjordur, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Westfjords Region, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Egilsstaðir, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Víti, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Tálknafjörður, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Tálknafjörður, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Ísafjörður, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Ísafjörður, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Ísafjörður, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Flateyri, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Flateyri, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Flateyri, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Flateyri, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal
Photo of Flateyri, Iceland by Aanchal Karnwal

Categories: Europe, Iceland

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when did u travel?
Sat 09 16 17, 07:47 · Reply (1) · Report
HI Bushra, We travelled in July this year
Sun 09 17 17, 12:01 · Report