Iceland in Winter – Ice, Fire, Elves, Magic


A detailed Icelandic road trip itinerary by guest blogger (and one of my closest friends!), Ishani B.


Iceland is an adventure, a fairytale, a mad dash against the elements, a glorious soak in the magic of nature! A country like no other, and the kind of place not for the faint of heart.

 

Iceland as a summer destination has been gaining in popularity in recent years, but Iceland in winter is ‘vacationing’ on a different plane altogether.

From the minute my husband-to-be and I decided on Iceland for our honeymoon – in the freezing month of January, yes – we encountered every kind of reaction possible. They varied from encouragement (“Oh wow, that’s so different!”) to surprise (“Why are you going to such a cold place? Try Bali!”), from dire advice (“Don’t die there”) to outright confusion (“Iceland? Where is that?”). We knew we didn’t want a beachy Bali or sunny Seychelles honeymoon, but the general intensity of reaction to our decision was such that we needlessly kept second guessing our plan till the very end and worried too much (and ended up buying way too many thermals).

After ten days in Iceland, having driven more than 2000 kilometres around the country, we ended our travels at a bar in Reykjavik. With a cold beer in our hands, we mused over the past few days, recollected stray incidents, and amazed ourselves with what we had just accomplished. The road-trip had been a rush like no other; a mind boggling experience we wished would never end. And so, while gazing at photographs is a thing we all do, I feel compelled to share this insane adventure, before memories slowly fade into hazy mirages.

There is a saying in Iceland, which goes: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait for 5 minutes”. And boy, does it ring true always. In the time we were there, we saw every kind of weather known to man – perilous snow, icy sleet, winds at 100 kmph, unending rains, intense cloud covers, even sunshine strong enough to blind us. It was a trip of a lifetime where we were prepared to be under-prepared, and yet were not prepared to be amazed at a new sight at every turn of the road!

Day 1: Flying to Iceland, renting a car and realizing we’re actually doing this

When our flight took off from Delhi, we could hardly believe we were finally doing this, and it hadn’t sunk in yet by the time we landed at Keflavik airport in Iceland.

Of course, as soon as we stepped out of the airport, Iceland lived up to its name as an icy blast of crazy northern winds greeted us, with snow to go along with it. Numb with cold, we staggered towards our hotel which was barely two minutes away from the terminal. We had decided on this nearby airport halt for the night, because early next morning we planned to drive out straight on to the Ring Road a.k.a National Highway 1 to begin our road-trip pilgrimage around the country.

Fact File:

  • Info: Hired a Toyota Rav4 automatic 4×4 for our road trip, with a god-given GPS device we named Melissa. Blue Car rentals were extremely efficient and helpful throughout the trip.
  • Stay: Airport Hotel Smari
  • Food experience: Ham sandwiches and a delicious pepperoni pizza at Aura Restaurant, Keflavik
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Hello, new ride!

Day 2: The Icelandic pilgrimage truly begins
{Golden Circle: Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur geysir, Gullfoss waterfall + A wee (mis)adventure!}

The next morning we woke up groggy and disoriented – and super late. It was still dark outside but the bedside clock pointed at 9! That’s when we realized the truth about the incredibly short winter days in Iceland when the sun barely comes out and sunlight is a weak trickle on most days.

One mad scramble later, we checked out of the hotel, fuelled up our car which we christened Honey (because we were on our honeymoon and my husband is very creative!!), and hit the road.

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The Icelandic Ring Road

As soon as we reached the outskirts of Keflavik, Iceland showed us what it was all about – intensely brooding snow-covered mountains loomed ahead, while the road was flanked by a never-ending expanse of gorgeous white snowfields on one side, and a bright, shimmering azure ocean on the other.

We visited the very touristy Golden Circle that day, just outside Reykjavik city. This included gaping at the gigantic tectonic plates connecting North America and Europe at the Thingvellir National Park and making huge geological strides (jumping ‘across continents’ from one tectonic plate to another!). Next up was a hot water geyser – or, geysir, as the Icelandic call it – named Strokkur that erupted like clockwork at least 6 times while we were there. And then came Gullfoss, the majestic double waterfall which astounded us with its size even though most of it was frozen.

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Right on cue, Strokkur Geysir erupts

All this while we were getting used to driving around in an automatic car, driving on the “other” side of the road, and battling the biting winds and freezing cold. Of course, all of this wasn’t adventure enough, and Melissa the GPS helpfully led us down a ‘shortcut’ to our hotel, which ended with us being stuck in two feet of snow with a cold winter night fast approaching and no people in sight.

After attempting a few futile phone calls on a phone dangerously low on battery, we began calming each other down while furiously making our way through the snacks we had stored up in the car. The snacking must’ve helped, because my engineer husband finally got down, analysed the stuck-car situation from several angles, and proceeded to direct me on how to get the car out. I took up the driver’s mantle and, for the next 20 minutes, reversed and moved the car forward at crazy angles, frustrating millimetres at a time, till we finally managed to rescue the car from the jam.

Such a glorious high for two idiots who had never seen so much snow before in their lives!

Fact File:

  • Stay: Bjarney’s Bed-n-Breakfast, in a town called Selfoss. A wonderful experience staying with an old Icelandic couple in their home. They shared so much of Iceland’s history, and gave us a whole bunch of tips and advice for our trip.
  • Food experience: The most delicious lobster soup ever and a bucketful of lobster at Fjorubordid restaurant, in Stokkseyri.
Day 2 - A bucket full of lobster, Fjorubordid restaurant, near Selfoss

A bucketful of lobster at Fjorubordid restaurant near Selfoss

Day 3 – The bright sun replaces the snow
{Hiking up the Solheimajokull glacier, driving past Eyjafjallajokull volcano, and a gorgeous detour}

After a lovely breakfast with Bjarney and her cop husband David, who reminded us to be careful on the roads, we took off in the direction of Vik (pronounced: Veek) the southernmost town in Iceland known for its black basalt beaches. But it was actually our stop en route that we were super excited about. We reached the glacier Solheimajokull (pronounced: Sole-hey-mah-yo-kuutl-uh) after driving via a gorgeous scenic route. The snow banks and the mountains of white had been replaced by vast green fields, imposing brown mountains, and multiple (not frozen, yay) mini waterfalls.

Hiking up the Solheimajokull glacier proved to be one of the highlights of our trip, and what a glorious three hours that was! Our guide from Arcanum Tours regaled us with stories of elves, trolls and magical fairies, collectively known as the ‘other’ people that all Icelandic folk know for a fact live among them. On our hike, we climbed up and down ice ridges and snow piles, saw ice holes and ice caves and ice craters, learned about glacial geology and thanked our crampons a million times over.

Day 3 - Hiking on the Solheimajokull glacier

Hiking on the Solheimajokull glacier, regaled with stories of magical folks

After the hike, we drove past the Eyjafjallajokull (pronounced: Ay-uh-fyat-luh-YOE-kuutl-uh) volcano, the one that had erupted in 2012 leading to havoc all across Europe. The helpful guides gave us extra maps of Vik and the surrounding areas as we were leaving and we used them to plan our next course of action.

As we neared Vik, I suddenly saw the board for Dyrholaey (pronounced: deer-hole-ay-ee) and we took an impromptu detour. Dyrholaey is a mini peninsula or a promontory of volcanic origin and the view from the end is spectacular. The drive to this place was all icy waters and red sand, and led us to a cliff where we spotted basalt sea stacks situated under a gorgeous mountain range. Legend has it that these basalt stacks are actually trolls who were dragging a ship to land but turned to stone when the sun came out! We also saw the black sand beach Vik is famous for, and a giant black arch of lava standing in the sea which gives the place its name (Dryholaey means door-hole).

Fact File:

  • Info: Always go glacial hiking with a guided tour. We chose Arcanum Glacial Tours who were experienced and value for money.
  • Stay: Icelandair Hotel, Vik
  • Food experience: Special Icelandic hotdogs with crunchy onions, Viking beer, Doritos, Vodka, Cuppa noodles and Indian mixed namkeen (!)

Day 4 – The night is young and the ice is blue
{The Northern Lights, Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, and the best apple pie in the world}

At around midnight we get a call from the hotel reception, “Ma’am, there’s some activity in the sky”. Without a second’s thought, my husband and I piled on all our warm thermals and raced outside to see the spectacle that we’d been hoping and praying to catch – the Northern Lights, in a huge green arc adorning the sky, dancing in the air as if the fairies themselves were orchestrating this magic for us! We got into our car and drove away from the Vik city lights to get a better view and then spent almost an hour sitting agape, letting the Northern Lights dazzled us like nothing else before. As the lights moved and changed shapes, directions and depth, we could hear an electric hum generated by the phenomenon – as if the song to their wild dance. It was a humbling moment, an electrifying moment, a moment we will never forget.

In the morning, we did a quick run up to the black beach we’d seen from the heights of Dyrholaey. Counted as one of the most beautiful beaches of the world, the wettest place in Iceland and home to many seabirds like the puffins, the beach offered another natural marvel: fingers of basalt rocks stacked on the sand. Believe me when I say we had fun monkeying around and climbing the sea stacks. :)

Day 2 - Reynisdranagar, view of the troll sea stacks from the town of Vik

Reynisdranagar – The troll sea stacks

Next up on our list was a glacial lagoon called Jokulsarlon (yo-kul-sarr-low). It took us about 3 hours on the Ring Road as we slowly made our way eastwards to reach the lagoon, making multiple stops along the route because the landscape was WAY too beautiful to not stop and sigh over it every once in a while. This large glacial lake is primarily fed by the Vatnajokull (Vah-na-yoe-kuutl-uh) glacier. The perfect setting for many Hollywood movies, Jokulsarlon is a lake with ghostly chunks of ice floating in it. It’s a silent procession of the remains of receding glaciers and hauntingly beautiful in its eerie icy colours of white and blue.

And then, just like that, we happened to bite into the best apple pie in the world. It was at this little café next to the lake, and we washed it down with an Icelandic beer called (no surprise) Vatnajokull. The sun began to set as we drove onwards towards our next destination, the little town of Hofn (pronounced: Huff) on the eastern shore of Iceland. The sky transformed into a gorgeous canvas of blue, gold and orange, and maybe it was the high from the apple pie, but I swear it felt like the show was just for us. :)

Day 4 - Sunset on the drive to Hofn

Sunset en route to Hofn

Fact File:

  • Info: Always depend on your hotel reception to inform you about any Northern Lights activity. Or take an official tour. There are boating tours in the Jokulsarlon Lake during summers amidst the broken ice, something we missed as we went in the winters.
  • Stay: Hotel Hofn, Hofn
  • Food experience: Reindeer Hamburger (!) with fried shrimp, Langoustine Tempura, Einstok Icelandic White Ale and Somersby Apple Cider, at Kaffi Hornid, Hofn.
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Reindeer burger with fried shrimp at Kaffi Hornid, Hofn

Day 5 – A perilous day and a scary night
{Gorgeous Icelandic horses, a long drive to Myvatn, and being the first guests of the season}

The next day we awoke to some delicious breakfast and a hotel team eager to advise us about our route onwards. We were driving the entire western span of Iceland today, all the way up north to an area called Myvatn (mee-vah). The western coast of Iceland is not your regular coastline – it’s fjordic in nature and that meant being extra careful since all roads were icy at all times. We were also told not to take a certain part of the Ring Road as that would be impassable during this season, which meant we had to go off the main highway for a while, onto the back roads, along the higher fjordic roads of the west.

The first look of the fjords brought tears to my eyes. They were just the most beautiful things I’d ever seen. Our innumerable attempts at capturing it in pictures could not do justice to the ethereal beauty of what lay ahead of us.

When we set out again, we were greeted by long, never-ending, snow-covered winding roads as we drove up and down around the fjords. The ocean on our right spurred us on as it gently lapped against the frozen black shores. The mountains warned us not to get lost in the beauty around us and be careful on the icy roads. The chilly winds were a constant companion – sometimes friendly, then again deadly foe.

It took us much longer than usual to reach Myvatn because of the weather. And also because we spotted many stunning Icelandic horses – such gorgeous, heavenly creatures! Their windswept manes, doe eyes and adorable faces kept pulling us in and we stopped more than once to take pictures with them. :)

Icelandic horse

Hello, new ride!

Reaching Myvatn was a big relief as we had driven almost 8 hours to get there, and dusk had already fallen. Driving in the dark with no other cars for company, with unpredictable weather, and impossibly white canvasses of snow around us was definitely one of the scarier moments of the trip. For a while, we were very sure we’d completely lost our way and couldn’t even locate anybody to ask for directions. When we finally reached Myvatn, we celebrated by popping open a bottle of wine. We also happened to be the hotel’s first guests of the season so we were definitely the only idiots out in that crazy weather!

Fact File:

  • Info: Make sure you check weather conditions and road conditions before driving anywhere in Iceland. This was Lesson # 1 for us and we are thankful to the team at Hotel Hofn for advising us before we left.
  • Stay: Hotel Reynihlid, Reykjahlid
  • Food experience: Lots and lots of celebratory wine!

Day 6 – Minus sixteen makes all the tourists shy
{Braving the cold to see unusually wondrous sights}

The next day we decided to reward ourselves for surviving last day’s drive; it also helped that we were staying in Myvatn for 2 days and didn’t have a tightly packed schedule. So we woke up late to a new day where it had snowed all night (our car was completely snowed under) and it was minus 16 degrees outside. Being from India and having barely seen sub-zero temperatures, we couldn’t even comprehend that degree of cold, so we spent most of the day avoiding it and chilling inside our geo-thermally warmed hotel.

After lunch we dared to venture out, having added additional warm layers to our regular three-layered outfits in Iceland. Still not enough. Five minutes outside was enough to stop all circulation in my hands, and we rushed back to our rooms. The most difficult part of the day was driving out of the hotel parking lot; visibility was poor, the snow never stopped, and an immense cloud cover made it darker than dusk.

Despite everything, we managed to drive around a bit to see some absolutely wondrous things. Our hotel was on the edge of Lake Myvatn, a lake created 2300 years ago due to a large fissure eruption. In fact, the entire Myvatn area lies in a volcanic zone and has very unique geological formations attributable to it – the Hverfjall tephra ring crater, moors made of interglacial lava flows, the crater lake Viti, pseudo-craters, even snow-covered mini table mountains. We also visited the eerie lava rock forest, the realm of elves, trolls and the supernatural. We were told that the 13 trolls of Dimmuborgir are akin to Santa Claus and punish bad behaviour around Christmas time – though we didn’t hear of any gifts being brought for the nice ones, what a rip-off!

The Myvatn area, coupled with the neighbouring Krafla volcanic system, makes for extremely unusual experiences. The entire region is characterized by earthquakes, lava flows, magma bursts, rifting and volcanic eruptions – testimony to the process of continental drift in Iceland – and it was exciting to be right in the middle of it and feel the region’s natural history seep into our bones.

Day 6 - Near the hot water spring in Myvatn

Near the hot water spring in Myvatn

Fact File:

  • Info: All these amazing spots were close by and can be reached by simply driving up to them. Just check with the hotel before you leave to ensure that the roads are clear of snow.
  • Stay: Hotel Reynihlid, Reykjahlid
  • Food experience: Yummy Icelandic hotdogs, tuna salad, more wine

Day 7 – Civilization ahoy!
{Wondrous Iceland continued: Acid streams, GoT flashbacks, and the Waterfall of the Gods}

Our second day in Myvatn saw much better weather – in fact, it had become a stiflingly hot minus 5 degrees! We started off with the last site in Myvatn we had wanted to see: Namafjall Hverir, a hot spring area, also known as the Steam Fields. This is an otherworldly place with boiling mud pots, fumaroles (acid steam vents) steam fissures and bubbling sulphur. After taking turns at being supremely careful of the hot acidic vents and then completely foolish / brave by dipping our hands directly into the bubbling steam, we decided it was time to leave this crazy area and move on.

Day 6 - Namafjall Hverir, a hot spring area - the Steam Fields.jpg

Making our way to the Steam Fields at Namafjall Hverir

 

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Namafjall Hverir near Myvatn – Fire burn and cauldron bubble!

Our final stop was Akureyri, the biggest town of Iceland, the second largest urban population of the country and the unofficial capital of the North. I felt like I’d entered Game of Thrones as we drove upwards, slowly nearing The Wall. The beautiful town is set next to a stunning fjord called Eyjafjord.

Day 7 - On the drive to Akureyri

The drive to Akureyri

On the way we also stopped at Godafoss (waterfall of the Gods) and what an apt name that was. Half frozen and half flowing water, mystical colourful skies, with the sun playing hide and seek with the clouds, furious winds and a majestic roaring waterfall – together, it made for a divinely stunning picture and we patted ourselves on the back for having taken this small detour. We also learnt the reason for the waterfall’s name – this was where, a thousand years ago, local priests officially decided to convert from paganism to Christianity and threw away their heathen Gods.

Reaching Akureyri felt strange – encountering so many people and suddenly having to navigate through traffic, after a week of being almost completely alone! It sure took us some time to get used to civilization again. After unwinding at the hotel, we were off again at 9 PM on a Northern Lights tour, because seeing the lights once was not enough and we wanted more more more.

Our tour started late and we had a nice multinational group on the lookout for the Northern Lights. Our guide took us to lots of different spots where we braved high speed winds, the deep cold of the night and incessant snow to patiently endure what was to be a long wait for the Northern Lights. Luckily, a magical scene of green and yellow lights in the sky awaited us as we reached our final spot very close to our hotel. Mesmerizing, as always, the loud talkative group fell silent and we paid homage to the Icelandic marvel by having an impromptu midnight feast with our guides who introduced us to very typical Icelandic snacks. :)

Fact File:

  • Info: Hotels and Official tour guides are great to help you catch the Northern Lights, but intrepid travelers can find them themselves. Keep a lookout for new discoveries and don’t hesitate to go off the beaten path – you’ll find some gorgeous surprises!
  • Stay: Hotel Icelandair, Akureyri
  • Food experience: Sheep’s Head Jam, Petrified shark, dried fish with butter, Smoked Lamb, special Icelandic yoghurt called Skyr, chased down with a firewater shot and a Christmas special malt with juice.

Day 8 – Sudden Snow Storms and other adventures
{And getting back to city pleasures}

The next morning, as we were getting ready to depart for Reykjavik, I happened to chat with the lady at the reception who told me there had been a terrible storm and all major roads leading to Reykjavik had been shut down. Wait, what?! That made for a shocking Lesson #2 for us: Always check road and weather conditions in Iceland. We spent an hour waiting in the lobby, badgering the poor lady for updates on the road status, before she finally informed us that one of the minor roads had been made passable.

Heaving a sigh of relief, we began our day. It was a long drive ahead since we wanted to go all the way from Akureyri in the north-east to Reykjavik in the west. With the added road-blocks and pretty bad road conditions, it took us the entire day to reached Reykjavik. The drive, though, was gorgeous as we passed quaint little towns that acted as markers for our journey. We avoided the mountains where the snow storm was still raging.

Luckily, our hotel in Reykjavik was located on the most prominent street of the city (Laugavegur) so all the famous eateries were just a hop skip away. We bundled up and walked up and down the beautiful streets of central Reykjavik, all lit up with winter lights and littered with noisy pubs, themed cafes, classy restaurants, adorable boutiques and the ubiquitous souvenir shops. Being back to civilization had its advantages, clearly. :)

Fact File:

  • Info: Choosing a hotel close to the places you want to visit (especially the city center) is important as driving around and parking within the city is a big pain.
  • Hotel: Hotel Alda, Reykjavik
  • Food experience: Hamburgers, French fries, Viking beer – hey, some greasy fast food after a super long day is good for the soul!
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Giant breakfast the next morn at Hotel Alda, Reykjavik

Day 9 – Caving, Whaling, Shopping, Eating
{An amazing Leidarendi cave tour followed by zero luck at whale-watching}

We got off to an early start and were picked up from our hotel to go caving inside a maze of lava caves just outside the city. Again, we were lucky to have an amazing tour guide who regaled us with humorous stories, the history of Iceland and little known facts we could later use to show off to our friends. Did you know that all of Iceland doesn’t have a single water purification plant?! As our guide proudly proclaimed, “As long as you as you can see the bottom, you can even drink water off of the streets in Iceland”. He also told us that all the cold water in hotels and homes comes directly from glaciers, and the hot water directly from geo-thermal lakes and springs!

Once we reached the Leidarendi cave area, all I could see was a huge field of moss covered rocks. These rocks (which I later learnt were lava rocks) were actually the ceiling of the cave network we were about to enter. As we pulled on our helmets, crampons and heavy gloves, we were given torches and basic instructions on caving, consisting mostly of the fairly simple to follow “never ever take off your helmet”.

After walking for 10 minutes on slippery moss and ice covered lava rocks, we reached the entrance to our cave, which was just a hole in the ground. Turned out, we had to jump down a dark hole into an even darker cave – very reassuring. A wave of apprehension swept over me as I saw members of our little group disappear down the rabbit hole one by one. Finally it was my turn to be Alice, and I slowly got down on my hands and knees and lowered myself into the hole. With countless random instructions from the guides swirling in my head (keep your head straight, slide to the right once you’re sitting at the entrance, don’t go down too fast) I began my downward descent. Thankfully, another guide was there to steady me as I almost crashed into a snow bank inside the cave.

And what a magnificent cave! With stalactites and stalagmites decorating the insides, rough hewn paths, broken lava rock everywhere, it was easily an experience of a lifetime! As we went deeper inside, there were spaces where we could only crawl through and others where the cavern was so huge our voices echoed. Some places it was slippery with ice, and some dry as sand; and we spent close to an hour being intrepid explorers into the cavernous unknown.

After the expedition, we left the Leidarendi caves area to go to the old harbour of Reykjavik. It was a nice windy day with a few clouds and we were ready to go whale watching! Though exciting in theory, this turned out to be the most boring 3 hours ever, as we didn’t spot a single whale, the weather got a bit rough, people were upset and I just fell asleep on the boat.

Reaching the Laugavegur area, we picked up a few small knick knacks, most noteworthy of which were the Icelandic cooking salts (black lava salts were delicious!) and headed to our special dinner date. Our destination was Sjavargrillid, a fine dining restaurant known for its seafood and Scandinavian cuisine! Our dinner was sumptuous to say the least, with a 4 course Taste of Iceland, Masterchef style meal! We loaded up on the delicious house wine and lost ourselves in amazing taste of traditional Icelandic foods.

Fact File:

  • Info:
    • Book excursions in advance as many of these fill out last minute.
    • A lot of what you can see on these excursions is dependent on Mother Nature, so be mentally prepared for anything. While we missed seeing any whales, we met a lot of people whose Northern Light tours had gotten cancelled last minute due to bad weather.
    • The bay area has lovely stores for shopping or picking up souvenirs. We picked up a traditional Icelandic sweater called Lopapeysa with beautiful yoke patterns around the neck in rough hand-hewn woollen material – great for battling the cold!
  • Stay: Hotel Alda, Reykjavik
  • Food experience: Grilled Langoustine & Beef Breast, Minke Whale, Smoked Puffin & Cured Goose, Grilled leg of Lamb & Slow cooked Lamb Shank, While Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Hazelnut Caramel.

Day 10 – The adventure winds down

Our last day in Iceland was a day of pure relaxation. We had planned to go to a geothermal spa but cancelled that as we were too lazy to make the effort. We later learnt that the spa had been shut down for the day due to inclement weather, so 100 points to laziness! We spent the day strolling around Laugavegur and its myriad streets, filling our shopping bags as we explored boutique stores. We spent the entire afternoon at Kaldi bar, well known in the area for brewing the most popular beer of Iceland, Kaldi (meaning ‘the cold one’). We chatted up the bartender, pored over our pictures of the trip, and reminisced on the awesomeness that is Iceland.

In the evening, we said our goodbyes to the vibrant capital and headed for Keflavik airport which was an hour’s drive away. As we returned our car, Iceland divulged its last surprise for us – we had to battle gale-force winds at more than 100kmph, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that I couldn’t even get the car door to open by myself. Unloading the luggage onto airport trolleys was an even bigger challenge and everything, including our heavy shopping-filled suitcases, had to be held down lest they got blown away.

Sitting in the flight back home, we realized that saying goodbye to Iceland was much harder than we had anticipated.

Which is why we’ve vowed to come back soon – just maybe in the summer!

Fact File:

  • Info: Ensure that you return your car before the hour you took the car, else a new day charge can be levied.
  • Food experience: Kaldi beer, Tuna salad, shrimp sandwiches

22 thoughts on “Iceland in Winter – Ice, Fire, Elves, Magic

  1. Iceland is such a unique country. I believe they get most of their energy from volcanic steam. It’s one of those countries I haven’t visited in my travels and regret that as I’ve read a lot about it. With global warming more of the country is predicted to be free of ice and available for agriculture. But I think with all that volcanic action I’d be a little timid to live there.

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    • Agreed Ian, Iceland is truly a unique place to visit or live. And their clever use of their natural resources is just another example of why its such a fabulous country!

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  2. What a wonderful adventure. Thank you for sharing. I think I’d like to go to Iceland, only in the summer. I lived in the Canadian far north for years so have seen the northern lights many times, and experienced an Arctic winter many times. Don’t need to do it again :)
    Alison

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    • Thanks for the lovely words Preeti! We went on our honeymoon so we splurged quite a bit. Iceland can be expensive when it comes to food and hotels, but pretty cheap regards to entry to sites, parking, fuel, car rentals, etc. A lot also depends on the time of the year one is going and the deals one gets.

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