Iceland

Iceland

One of our most loved destinations – Iceland

So far, we have only been in Iceland during the winter. And we love all about it – snow, ice, glaciers, wind, lava fields, geysers and especially sunny days and Northern Lights, which we have been lucky enough to enjoy.

Along with Norway, Sweden, Finland, Faroe Islands and Denmark, Iceland belongs to Europe’s Nordic region. Iceland is a volcanic island and lies on the border between Eurasian and North American Tectonic Plates; that makes Iceland a hotspot of many active volcanos.

Total area of Iceland is 102,775 square kilometres (39,682 square miles) making it No. 106 on the list of world’s countries by territory. Population of Iceland is around 346 thousand people and it is 176th in the world with very low density of population – only 3.5 people per square kilometre.

Getting around

If you travel to Iceland, you may recognise that many touristic attractions are located almost like bus stops on your route. Of course, getting there may require hours and hours and, sometimes, traffic may be suspended for some days because of snowstorms, strong winds etc.

Jökulsárlón lake
Jökulsárlón Glacial lake

If some of attractions you have book are located off-road, for example, visiting ice caves, you will most probably be picked up by organisers somewhere in a parking space near major road.

Another tip – you would normally pay a deposit for booking particular activities, for example, if you wish to enjoy dog sledding. It may happen that these attractions are cancelled due to weather conditions.

Most probably, you would not get another chance to do it again during this particular trip, although do not worry – organisers will make a refund relatively quickly. So, always have a plan B to replace this kind of unpredicted events with another activities. Planning a trip to Iceland you may never rely on Iceland’s changing weather.

Golden Circle

Many people have heard about Blue Lagoon, which is famous recreation facility near Reykjavik.

strokkur geyser iceland
Strokkur geyser

If you visit Iceland for just a few days, Blue Lagoon would most probably one of your destinations. It is located some 50 kilometres from Reykjavik and 20 kilometres from Keflavik International Airport (keep this in mind when planning a trip).

You could also make the Golden Circle, which is a tourist route you may use to familiarise yourself with a very small but diverse part of the island. The length of the route is about 300 kilometres; it starts from Reykjavík and goes into central Iceland, before returning to Reykjavik.

This route may be booked as guided tour or you can drive your your own rented car. If you rent a car, the Golden Circle may even be a perfect trip for a day. You would visit three major locations – The Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss Waterfall and Thingvellir National Park.

Outer circle

Map data: Google ©2021

This is how I call it, perhaps there is another name for it, however the idea is that if yo keep on Route 1 from Reykjavik, you will return to Reykjavik after going all around Iceland.

This would be suitable if you have arrived to Iceland for more than just a couple of days, fancy some extreme feelings, rent a car and are willing to drive almost 1350 kilometres (850 miles).

Here you can also see a screenshot from Google maps to get an idea of what I mean. There are many attractions along this route; just to name a few: Hvalfjörður Tunnel (part of Route 1), Akureyri (a small nice town with public thermal bath facilities), Hverir Boiling mud pits – fantastic natural phenomenon just on the side of Route 1.