Iceland: Days 1 – 3

We headed to Iceland on Monday, May 1. By the time we got into Reykjavik from the airport it was about 5pm and raining pretty hard so we didn’t spend too much time exploring Reykjavik, we got checked into our hotel room and then headed out for dinner.

Day 1

So going into our trip to Iceland we had heard from multiple people how expensive it is and how much food at restaurants is, but we still got hit with serious sticker shock! The pub we went to only had two krona’s (equivalent to $ signs) on google so we were like, ok this can’t be that expensive… Well, most pints of beer were about $20 CAD. For one pint. Thank god I was pregnant!

At dinner we ate hakarl (fermented shark), something Eric had been wanting to try for years. It is not good. Ha ha. After our dinner out we basically just made our way back to our hotel room and went to sleep. Exciting times 🙂

Day 2 

We had the morning free in Reykjavik so we started off by having breakfast at our hotel and then wandered around again. I wish I’d taken more photos, it’s a really cute town with really interesting streets and the houses / buildings are like straight out of a fisherman’s village.

At noon, GO Campers picked us up at our hotel room to take us to their office so we could get our campervan!

We spent about an hour there getting all organized and making sure we had everything we needed to live out of our campervan for the next 8 days, and then we were off! First stop, grocery store and liquor store 🙂

So we had a tentative itinerary set out for our road trip around Iceland but it all pretty much went out the window when our first day in the campervan the wind was extreme. They recommend not driving in wind levels over 16 and I think it was around 15 and raining super hard that day, so we decided to just save the southwest / golden circle for the end of the trip and head straight south to get out of the rain and wind.

That was the best part about the campervan, we could be totally flexible depending on weather!

One of the coolest – and probably most famous things – about Iceland is all the waterfalls. You are driving along the road and all of a sudden you look over and see an INCREDIBLE waterfall just off the main road! The first one we stopped at was Seljalandsfoss.

This is the one you can walk behind. SO cool! We got sooo wet. Ha ha

Then we continued a little bit further along the road towards our first camping spot of the trip. On night #1 we stayed at Skogafoss and landed a killer camping spot with a great view of this big beautiful waterfall.

Pretty epic if you ask me! Eric met a fellow Canadian when he was walking up to the top of the waterfall so he came over for a beer. He’d already been in Iceland for 4 days at that point so it was fun to get some tips about where to go and what to see.

And that’s pretty much it for Day #2!

Day 3 

We started day #3 by climbing to the top of the Skogafoss waterfall and then hiking along the trail that starts up there. It’s actually a pretty epic 25km trail but we only went out about 2km. I really wish we had hiked further on it because the trail was sooo amazing but we didn’t bring any water and weren’t prepared for too long of a hike.

Photos don’t do it justice, it was so beautiful!

After our hike, we had breakfast in the campervan and then set off to continue on our journey around the Ring Road!

We stopped at Reynisfjara Beach, which was really pretty but again the weather wasn’t too amazing so we didn’t stay long.

Next we stopped at Fjadrargijufur Canyon, which was one of my very favourite places that we visited in Iceland. Again, I wish the weather was better, but it was such a cool canyon. Like nothing I’ve ever seen before! The geography in Iceland was truly beyond incredible.

 

We fit all of the above in before noon on Day 3, so it wasn’t long before we were exhausted. We found a random pullout and pulled over for a nap! Another campervan advantage 🙂

When we woke up from our nap the sun was out!! We drove a little further up the road and went for a beautiful hike in the sunshine to check out these three small waterfalls.

In hindsight, I wish we’d spent an extra night in this part of Iceland, it really was our favourite part compared to everything else we saw. Soo beautiful and so many amazing places to hike and visit. We ended up rushing through the last little bit of Day 3 to get to the airport so we didn’t even really get to explore Vatnajokull National Park, which I’ve heard is amazing. Next time! We had to rush to Hofn to make sure we got the bars for our bed from the airport in time. However, at this point we’d already walked over 20,000 steps that day so I wasn’t *too* bummed about not doing anymore hiking that very day 🙂

We spent night #2 in Hofn. I didn’t take a picture of our camping spot because it was super cloudy and foggy. Before getting settled in for camping we went for our second big dinner out of the trip because apparently Hofn is famous for Langoustine. I actually can’t believe I did not take photos of our food because we had the most amazing langoustine soup and other delicious food. It was once again outrageously expensive, but I’m glad we had the experience.

And that concludes Day 3! Days 4 – 6 recap coming up next 🙂

Have you ever been to Iceland? Have you ever done an extended camping trip? I think this was actually the most days we’ve ever camped for in a row before!

10 Responses

  1. Bronwyn says:

    I’ve never been to Iceland but after hearing about it from you and from a few other people it’s quickly moved to the top of my “international travel bucket list”. Looks absolutely amazing!

  2. Abby says:

    This is like the ultimate type of vacation spot because it is sooo different from day to day life! Looks so charming! And the views of your camping trip are jist amazing. For how much camping we do I’ve really only done like 3-4 day trips. I can only handle so many days of filtering my own water and sleeping on a pad. But if we had a camper, I could definitely do more!! 😂

  3. Cool! That looks amazing

  4. Ha, that shark doesn’t sound good at all, although I am sure I’d want to try it too. I can’t believe how expensive it is to dine/ drink there! Iceland is definitely on our list; it’s so beautiful!

  5. Stephany says:

    You may have sold me on this campervan life! It sounds super fun and like someone else said above -so different from everyday life! I’ve never been to Iceland, but I think it would be fun to visit someday. On my bucket list, for sure.

  6. Becky says:

    Wow your photos are incredible.

  7. The photos are incredible! What a gorgeous place! I’m glad the weather improved after those first couple of windy and rainy days! I have not been to Iceland. I’d like to go but Phil is not interested in going so I am pretty sure I won’t go unless I go with friends! And I have never been legit camping. We had a camper when I was growing up but we slept in it, which I guess is similar to the camper van, just a bit more room. We got camping stuff for our wedding so will try to go this summer. I can’t wait!

  8. Travel Spot says:

    I am so glad you are finally posting your recap, as I was really looking forward to it! Your photos are gorgeous and are making me want to go there NOW! I am a bit taken aback by the prices, but I think if you do things right, it could work! I really love the photos of the canyons; they are way cool! I can’t wait to see more!

  9. San says:

    I loved to read about your trip to Iceland… it’s a place I am dying to go! 🙂

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