Northeast, Iceland

Day 5 on the road. . .

Starting Location: Akureyri
End Location: Seyðisfjörður
Distance: 181 miles
Accommodations: Seyðisfjörður Hostel

 

The Northeast was scattered with a slew of beautiful and natural places.  The area around Lake Mývatn is a popular destination for Icelanders during the summer months when temps are cooler than those in the South.  Only having a day to get from Akureyri to Seyðisfjörður really didn’t give us enough time to thoroughly explore this area.  But we managed to make the most of it, stopping at 7 different scenic locations.

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Akureyri, Iceland

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Day 4 on the road. . .

Starting Location: Hólmavík
End Location: Akureyri
Distance: 184 miles
Accommodations: Akureyri Backpackers Hostel

 

Akureyri is Iceland’s second biggest city, however, it is far smaller than what you would think that title would entail.  Regardless, I was completely smitten with Akureyri.  The Backpackers Hostel were we stayed was right downtown and made for a great base camp to explore the city.  Beautiful churches, colorful buildings, creative murals, and a picturesque port are just a few of the things that make Akureyri so charming.

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Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

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We finally started our great Iceland road trip!  5 people, 10 days, one (smallish) hatchback, about 1,000 miles of Icelandic roads. . . and unlimited adventures.  This was the trip I wanted to have in Iceland.  An epic road trip to see as much as the country as I could.

The Plan:  Our itinerary was to follow Route 1, also known as the Ring Road. The only exception was a two day detour to the Westfjords.  The Ring Road is the national road of Iceland, connecting almost all the inhabited places in the country.  We found driving in Iceland to be very easy.  The roads were in good shape and the signs were easy to understand.  We had heard that Iceland in the summer was very busy so we took no chances with accommodations and had a place booked every night to stay in.

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Iceland in 16 Days

Iceland is a mysterious and beautiful country.  With it’s wide open volcanic landscapes, black sand beaches, waterfalls, glaciers and geysers, you are constantly in awe of how diverse the country is.  Our plan was to have the full Iceland experience, which to us meant driving around the whole country on Route 1, also known as the Ring Road. There were 5 of us in our group, enough to fill one hatchback and pack the car to the brim with luggage.  Here is the break down of our itinerary.

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