DAY 4 & 5: ICELAND ROAD TRIP

IMG_9883IMG_0082 IMG_9854 Hike in Iceland To GlacierIMG_9791
SKAFTAFELL: Next up was Skaftafell, an incredible, massive park next to a picturesque glacier. Phil and I decided to do a 2.5 hour hike up to the top of a mountain that looked out at the glacier. It was my favorite hike of our entire trip and it was the perfect distance. This park provides tons of hikes but if you’re looking for one that will give you an incredible view without taking up the whole day, this is the hike to do. There’s a cute little food truck at the base of the mountain in case you get hungry but vegetarians beware, everything offered (at least the day that we were there) was for carnivores! Make sure to pack plenty of healthy snacks.
IMG_1523IMG_9911  IMG_0107 IMG_0096glacier lagoonIMG_0093
JOKULSARLON: From Skaftafell, we drove to Jokulsarlon, a beautiful glacier lagoon we had been dreaming about for months. This place was absolutely incredible and I only wish we could have had a chance to see it during winter.  The water is bright turquoise and beautiful pieces of ice are floating around in it. During the winter, I hear the black sand beach is coated in ice. We saw beautiful remnants of this even in summer but we’ll definitely have to go back!
Jokulsarlon was actually the first place we had seen in days that was full of people but it’s so massive, you still feel like it’s all yours. Jokulsarlon offers boat tours but we decided to take in the beauty by taking a hike around the coastline instead. It was very cold the day we were there and this walk was perfect for our purposes.
 Foss Hotel in East Iceland
HOTEL: At night, we checked into the Foss Hotel. We can’t recommend this hotel enough! After many nights of staying in smaller hotels, this one had beautiful amenities inside and it was our favorite. The rooms opened up to an outdoor patio and they were huge and modern. It was such a pleasant surprise after so much travel.

Walter Mitty Movie Location IcelandDinner at Iceland Hotel

DINNER: For dinner, we drove into Djúpivogur, a cute little town less than fifteen minutes away.  This was the largest town we had seen since our time in Reykjavik.

Blue Lagoon IMG_0560IMG_0549 Iceland

DAY 5: We drove for much of the day around Iceland’s beautiful fjords (winding coastline). We stopped in a bunch of tiny towns along the way:  Breiddalsvik, Stoovarfjorour, Faskrudsfjordur and Reydarfjordur. When I say tiny, I mean extremely tiny.  Some of these towns looked more like small neighborhoods but locals were really friendly and seemed quite used to travelers coming through.

FullSizeRender-17

HOTEL: At night, we stayed in Guesthouse Egilsstadir-Lake Hotel. We can’t recommend this hotel enough! It was a historic Icelandic building nestled against one of the most peaceful bodies of water I’ve ever seen. The hotel’s restaurant is farm to table and it’s phenomenal. It’s also located in walking distance of a tiny little town that has a nice big gas station (with a few groceries) so you can restock up on snacks.

Lake Hotel IcelandIMG_0283farm icelandIMG_0182 IMG_0267IMG_0298