The low-down to our Iceland trip! You can choose to adjust this according to your preference, bearing in mind the number of daylight hours you have. We went in October so the sunset was normally around 6pm. For drives more than 20 minutes, I made an indication so you have an idea of what to expect. One last thing, I did a separate entry on our accomodation so you can check it out 🙂
Disclaimer: We don’t believe in getting up at 6am every day so we sleep in and we normally cook before heading out so our stomachs are filled for the day – thus you will notice we reach our first destination around 11am or later.
Day 1 – Arrive in Iceland
15:00 – Arrive in Iceland. Change money, get simcard and alcohol from the airport. Pick up car from Lagoon Car Rental.
TML’s tip: Get all the duty-free alcohol you need from the airport because only government owned shops called Vínbúðin sell them outside the airport and there’s only 12 of them in the country. We love how we could just leave our cans of beer in the backseat and whip one out (like out of the fridge kind of cold) in the middle of our long drives.
TML’s tip: Bonus is a pretty awesome budget supermarket. We also like Netto when we couldn’t locate a Bonus.
DRIVE All within 15 minutes of each location.
Day 2 – The Blue Lagoon, Geysir hot-spring area, Strokkur and Gullfoss Waterfall.
08:00 – The Blue Lagoon
TML’s tip: Highly recommend to go there early as we hear the queue is 45 minutes long in the evening and you can imagine how crowded it gets. As The Blue Lagoon is really near the airport, a lot of transit passengers (mostly American traveling in Europe) make this a necessary pitstop.
12:30 – Order a burger for S$20 at Bullan. Quite a steal for a meal in Iceland.
14:30 – Geysir hot-spring area, Strokkur, Gullfoss Waterfall
17:00 – Hotel Gullfoss
DRIVE Reykjavik → The Blue Lagoon 40 mins The Blue Lagoon → Reykjavik 40 mins Reykjavik → Geysir, Strokkur, Gullfoss Waterfall 90 mins
Day 3 – Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skogafoss Waterfall, Reynisfjara Beach, Lava Field
12:30 – Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfall
15:00 – Reynisfjara Beach
17:00 – Lava Field
17:30 – Airbnb
DRIVE Hotel Gullfoss → Seljalandsfoss/Skogafoss Waterfall 90 mins Skogafoss Waterfall → Reynisfjara Beach 50 mins Reynisfjara Beach → Lava Field 40 mins
Day 4 – Laki, Foss a Sidu, Dverghamrar, Skeidararsandur, Skaftafellsjokull & Svinafellsjokull Glacier, Ice Diamonds of Breiðamerkursandur
11:00 – Laki, Foss a Sidu and Dverghamrar
12:30 – Arrive at Skeidararsandur & National Park
14:45 – Arrive at Skaftafellsjokull & Svinafellsjokull Glacier
16:30 – Diamond of Breiðamerkursandur
19:00 – dinner at Humarhofin
22:00 – Check-in!
DRIVE Dverghamrar → Skeidararsandur 36 mins Svinafellsjokull Glacier → Ice Diamond 45 mins Ice Diamond → Humarhofin 60 mins Humarhofin → airbnb 90 mins
That’s the end of Part I! Watch out for the next entry on Part II 🙂