Explore Iceland - Straight On Detour

. . Welcome to our Iceland destination guide. In November 2014 Becks and I hired a van and spent 15 days circumnavigation the country. Shocked,…

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Explore Iceland, Destination Guide.

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Welcome to our Iceland destination guide. In November 2014 Becks and I hired a van and spent 15 days circumnavigation the country. Shocked, thrilled and extremely excited by what we saw, we’ve created this complete guide to Iceland so you can replicate it, explore Iceland on your own and hopefully get there sooner.


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Explore Iceland and travel to a country where nature reigns supreme; a creative, self-destructive and diverse landscape that is ever changing and ever surprising. There is nowhere quite like Iceland and every day that you choose to spend here will be one of discovery and utter amazement.

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In summer you can make the most of the midnight sun that creates endless daylight hours and more opportunity to see many glorious sights bathed in sunshine. In the winter you’ll be marvelling at frosted landscapes by day and chasing the Aurora Borealis by night. Iceland is one of the best countries in the World to view this mesmerising natural phenomenon.

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Here’s a small insight…

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OK, so now a few truths. Firstly, Iceland isn’t cheap but there are certainly ways in which the costs of travel can be significantly reduced. Secondly, Iceland has seriously fickle weather patterns, sunshine one moment and a blizzard the next. Giving yourself a little extra time is the key to allowing Iceland to show its various vivid colours. A two week trip in Iceland had us chasing a continual stream of delightful places from roadside views to iconic landmarks. With an endless array of opportunities like hiring a 4WD, a snowmobile or taking on a multi day hike, we reason that it would be hard to ever find Iceland boring.

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Having the freedom to travel made our trip in Iceland all the better. We brought a camper-van from Iceland Travel and had the luxury of navigating Iceland’s main highway, the M1. This is not only a ring road around the country, but also a front row seat to many diverse and magnificent Icelandic highlights. We firmly believe that hiring a van is not only the cheapest way to see Iceland but by far the best. Here are our 8 reasons why you should explore Iceland by camper van.

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Although the capital city of Reykjavik is a pleasant place it is nothing in comparison to the natural wonderland that lies beyond. Glaciers, lakes, mountains, volcanoes, sulphurous pools, geysers, iced beaches, natural hot baths, Icelandic horses, reindeer, lava fields and gigantic waterfalls. All of which are easily accessible… yes easily!

 

Top Tip

Two popular adventures we had in Iceland that blew our minds which would recommend to anyone were scuba diving between the continental plates in Silfra and exploring the Ice caves of Fagurholsmyri. They weren’t cheap but are worth the expense.

 

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Our Iceland tracks

The following map indicates our stop-offs on a two week journey around Iceland. Despite travelling in winter we were able to reach all of these locations via regular driving tracks and did not require a 4WD. Studded tyres are a must for slippery roads at this time of year. The access to the highlights skirting Iceland’s ring road is phenomenal and infinite, it is easier to find your own secret spots here than anywhere else in the World. We have divided the country into North, South, East and West. Each pinpoint on the map represents the car park for that area, click on the links for more information and pictures.

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Explore Iceland- North

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Dettifoss – Europe’s most powerful Waterfall

Selfoss– Waterfall

Myvatn– Scenic Lake

Viti– Crater Lake

Leirhnjukur– Sulhur pool, geothermal area and lava field

Hverir– Geothermic Area

Grjotagja– Natural Hot Springs

Jarobodin/Myvatn Nature Baths– Natural Hot Spa

Pseudo Craters– Land Formation

Godafoss- A waterfall that we missed but wished we hadn’t, featured in ‘Game of Thrones.’

Akureyi– Northern Capital

Dalvik– Scenic Port Town

Vatnsnes Peninsular– Northern Detour- great for spotting marine life

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Explore Iceland- East

Fjallsarlon– Secret Glacier Lagoon

Breidamerkursandur– Beach Jokulsar River leading to the black sand beach

Jokulsarlon– Glacier Lagoon

Fagurholsmyri– Centre for Ice Cave Tours

Hengifoss- A Waterfall that we failed to visit but wish we had.

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Explore Iceland- South

Seljalandsfoss– Waterfall

Seljavallalaug– Natural Hot Baths

Skogarfoss– Waterfall

Dyrholaey– Cliffside Lookout

Solheimajokull– Glacial Tongue

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Explore Iceland- West

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Snaefellsnes Peninsular

Stykkisholmur– Port Town

Grundarfjordur and Kirkufell- Picturesque Town and Iconic Mountain

Djupalonssandur– Black Sand Beach

Snaefellsjokull – Glacier

Arnastapi – A memorable seaside town which we merely passed through due to bad weather.

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Inland

Hallmundarhraun– Lava Field

Hraunfossar and Barnafoss – Waterfall

Glymur- Tallest waterfall in Iceland

Thingvellir national park– Geological Landscape

Geysir and Strokkur – Thermal National Park and Exploding Geysir

Gullfoss– Waterfall

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Explore Iceland, Destination Guide‘We care | we think | we drive results’

Skógarhlíð 12 105 Reykjavik Iceland

Tel +354 585 4300

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