WILD. If I have to resume this country in one word it would be WILD.
Rain, wind, sun, snowstorm, blue sky. It’s useless watching forecasts. All that in two hours. But this is probably one of reasons why I love this place. The magical « land of fire and ice », Iceland.
My two sisters, my dad and I were in this country during the winter. In the month of February to be exact. We spent 10 days exploring as many places from west to east by the south coast in our Land Rover Defender.
We slept each night in a different lodge. It’s usually smalls individuals houses very clean and heated (so cute by the way). Mostly there were vacancy. There were enough lodge to book only one day in advance…it’s very easy at this time of the year.
We’ve started our road trip at Keflavik (the airport). The first night was on the coast just few kilometers from the airport and then we left on the south coast for 6 days until Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Most attractive places are close to this road.
We went to Gunnuhver Hot Springs, Blue Lagoon (we could not get in because there were so many people, but it seems beautiful!). A little further we stopped at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. The water flow of these waterfall is really impressive!
A few kilometers further, we arrived at Vik. (Oh, I forgot to tell you about the DC30 plane that’s right before Vik. It’s completely improbable! But it’s nice…) So Vik is a crazy place. Have you ever seen these black sand pictures that contrast with the white of the snow? Yes it is here. Black Beach. There are also the beautiful cliffs that overlook the ocean.
We continued our road trip to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where we admired this extraordinary landscape. Icebergs resting on a black sand beach. Awesome!
After spending few days on this coast to discover beaches, glaciers, cliffs and breathtaking landscapes, we left in the direction of the “golden circle” and these jeysers. Honestly the jeysers were not the craziest thing at all. Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Þingvellir National Park and Gullfoss Waterfall were magnificent. I recommend it!
Then we ended our road trip by Snæfellsnes peninsula and then one night in the capital of the country, Reykjavik.
One thing that I really appreciated during this trip is the feeling to be alone and free. Even if the country become more and more touristic, we met nobody…Except in places like Geysir, the country is still quiet and peace.
Iceland is an incredible country. Discovering the land with a good off-road car is probably the best way to enjoy the freedom that Iceland can offer.
I advise this country to all wildlife and nature lovers.