I’m starting to get REALLY excited about our next big adventure! Staci & I spent a weekend picking out places to stay, choosing the sites we want to see, and booking excursions. But, we have made some changes…
Staci & I will be passengers on rented bikes, similar to what we did in Ecuador. Renting and riding 2 up gives us additional funds to put towards adventures & places to stay. We abandoned our idea of camping on this trip. I don’t think it’s possible for us to pack camping gear and supplies for 2 of us on a single bike so we searched airbnb and VRBO for our digs in Iceland, & some of them are pretty cool!
This trip feels a lot more like our Alaska trek than Ecuador. I definitely liked the convenience & security of having Freedom plan our whole trip, including hotels. But, this trip gives us the flexibility to visit places that are off the beaten path & aren’t considered top tourist destinations, but some of them look pretty cool!
I’m using Google Maps to plot our trip for the first time. It’s working pretty well. I entered every stop, added our rental houses, and then created a route for each day. Below is a snapshot of the map & some of our destinations, followed by a rough outline of our daily activities which shows mileage & approximate travel times.
|Regions||Day||Top Sights||Mileage||Est. Drive Time|
|Snaefflsjokull Peninsula||1||Airport, bike rental, cathedral, tunnel, brewery, basalt columns, cottage rental||164||3 hours 35 min.|
|2||Viewpoint, cave, visitor center, Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall kids jump into the falls, shark museum||160||3 hours 45 min.|
|3||Glymur waterfall – est. 3+ hour hike, second highest falls, hot spring, lava rock formations||175||4 hours 15 min.|
|West Fjords – Patreksfjordur||4||Cliffs, beaches, largest steel ship in Iceland. Scenic day ride||212||5 hours 10 min.|
|West Fjords – Isafjordur||5||Dynjandi waterfall, Scenic easy day ride||185||5 hours 30 min.|
|6||Nature Preserve Tour to Hornbjarg – cliffs in preserve||15||20 min.|
|Akureyri||7||Whale watching & puffins Vigur Island from Isafjordur. Drive to Akureyri. Valagil 4km hike. End day at brewery & beer spa.||375||7 hours 45 min.|
|Husavik||8||Godafoss waterfall, scenic view points, lavafield, Forest hike, cave, geothermal sea bath (extra time see Krafla)||293||2 hours 15 min.|
|9||Hverir hot pools. Dettifoss west side parking, huge falls est. spending 2 hours, Asbyrgi canyon, national park views||120||3 hours|
|Djupivogur||10||Arctic hinge, waterfalls including Hengifoss 3km hike – cake falls, scenic route end with Eggin. Extra time, drive more of hwy 92 to the coast||353||8 hours|
|Vik||11||Lighthouse, glacier lagoon, diamond beach, turf church, waterfall view, church floor Boat tour of glacier lake||206||4 hours 30 min.|
|Hveragerdi||12||Dverghamrar columns, couple smaller falls, awesome river gorge, lava fields, cave on beach, rock formations on beach, plane crash. End in Hveragerdi||177||4 hours 20 min.|
|13||Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss waterfalls, Skogar museum next to Skogafoss. Turf house, Kerid crater||155||4 hours|
|14||Lava tube tour 2 hours. Snorkel 4 hours||80||2 hours|
|15||9am Snow snowmobile tour. Gullfoss waterfall & Geysir hikes||103||2 hours 45 min.|
|16||Return bikes, fly home afternoon||64||1 hour 25 min.|