Welcome to part 2 of our road trip in Iceland post. We couldn’t fit everything in one, as our trip was full of attractions, which we wanted to see in this beautiful country. If you haven’t seen ICELAND (part 1) yet, please follow the link. There are more information about the trip, planning and it include the interactive map with all interest points we visited.
The previous post finished on waterfall – Skógafoss, followed by going to see plane wreck. It was our must-see in Iceland. Every time we saw the photo of this plane, we said we had to go there. Because of the fact we liked it so much, we decided to write separate post about it, including direction how to get there – it is a long walk!
Below there are some of many images from that place.
After the plane we got back on the road and drove for about 40 minutes. We got to the most popular waterfall and natural wonder in Iceland – Seljalandsfoss – it is located in South Region of the country. One of the interesting thing about it is that visitors can walk behind it. Unfortunately it is more difficult in a winter time to do it. You would get very wet and cold. Look at the photo below, and see how severe the nature is there.
After this great stop we drove to Reykjavik where our last hotel was. Reykjavik is the country’s capital and largest city. It’s home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. There are loads of attractions there. City looks beautiful, it has nice architecture as well as loads of nice shops. Reykjavik left us the impression of the city with with high standards and style.
There are many good restaurants. We ended up eating in Geysir Bistro, and decided to eat traditional horse meet, which was very tasty.
One of the buildings to see in the city center is church Hallgrímskirkja. The tower is 73 metres high, it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in Iceland. It was named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson.
Next place which we went to see during the day was Harpa. It is a concert hall and conference centre. The building features a distinctive colored glass facade inspired by the basalt landscape of Iceland. Very interesting building from architecture point of view. The design inside was even more impressive than outside.
Sun Voyager is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, located very close to Harpa – concert hall. Sun Voyager is ‘a dreamboat, an ode to the sun’. It contains within itself the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.
After visiting the city it was finally the time go and relax in Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula. It was such a relaxing experience and the best way to finish with this great adventure.
The lagoon is close to the airport so some people choose to spend there all morning / afternoon and have a transfer to the airport. If we were to go back, we wouldn’t pay for any extra stuff. For example we used robes and flip flops just to get from the shower to the lagoon, which you could do without it.
If you have long hair make sure you put loads of conditioner before getting in and try to keep your hair out of the water. They said that this water is great for the skin but it can damage your hair.
In overall it’s worthwhile experience.
Our last night in Iceland was our lucky night, after a great walk around Reykjavik at night and having great dinner in restaurant we look at the sky and was completely clear, full of beautiful stars. We knew that we had to chase for the northern lights! We are attaching here just 2 of many photos, and we will write another post How to find and photograph Northern Lights.
In our last day we have managed to do the golden circle road trip and get to the airport at before 17.00.
The Golden Circle is the most popular tourist route in southern Iceland, covering about 300 kilometers looping from Reykjavík into the southern uplands of Iceland and back.
The whole ride goes through beautiful and breathtaking landscapes.
One of the stops in golden circle are geysers. The great Geysir itself is now inactive (doesn’t blast water), but the attraction of the area is located just right next to it Strokkur , which erupts at regular intervals (every 10min).
Gullfoss is a waterfall located in the canyon of the Hvítá river in southwest Iceland. Gullfoss is another popular tourist attractions in Iceland. The scale of it is impressive.
But, we concluded that it would be better to enjoy waterfalls in Summer. It would be warmer and you could come closer to it on paths which are closed in the winter time.
On the way back to airport we stopped few times on small car parks to take last photos in Iceland
This was one of our favorite holiday for many reasons and we probably can’t show you enough to share the power of nature in this beautiful country. We really recommend to everyone to experience this incredible place and dive in this adventure.
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