Iceland: Days 7 – 9

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The last 3 days were the days we basically “crashed and burned”. As you saw in the last post about Iceland, we did a lot and covered A LOT in only 6 days. Honestly, we probably could have basically been done with Iceland at this point because we’d done what we’d come to do – drive the Ring Road!

Day 7

We woke up in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula to a very socked in / foggy day, which was too bad as we didn’t get to see the whole second half of the peninsula since we’d only drove around part of it the day before. Because of this we did the second half of it super quickly with no stopping and about 1.5 hours later we were back in Reykjavik. So we really did do the full Ring Road in 6 days, which some people thought was crazy but it worked for us!

First stop was Saegreifinn – The Sea Baron for Lobstersoup. Apparently they have the best lobster soup in the world, Eric watched a YouTube video about it. And he probably wasn’t the only one as when we got there at 11:30am, which was right when they opened, there was already a line up out the door!

The Lobstersoup was very good, I will admit and I was especially pleased about all the bread they gave us to go with it 🙂

Real life vacation talk here, after we were done with our Lobstersoup we decided to splurge and get a hotel room for the night. Don’t get me wrong, the campervan was amazing, and I’m so glad we did Iceland that way. BUT 6 nights of camping was beginning to take a toll on us, especially since – as I’m sure you can imagine – it wasn’t the *most* comfortable sleeping arrangements.

As mentioned a couple of times, Iceland – and especially Reykjavik – is very very expensive. So we ended up heading out of the city a ways to find somewhere reasonably priced to stay. I was super pleased with the hotel we ended up at. It was very cute, had delicious food (we ate both dinner and breakfast there) and was right on a pretty little lake. We stayed at Hotel Kriunes and I definitely recommend it.

To be honest, we didn’t do much while there – we were both really tired! So we basically just stayed in our room and napped and watched Netflix. The food at Hotel Kriunes was AMAZING, so we are so glad we ended up having both dinner and breakfast there as well. It was a really lovely and relaxing day after our super busy 6 days previous!

Oh and Eric ate horse meat, which is apparently a very common dish in Iceland. I tried a tiny bite of it, but couldn’t handle eating more than that as the idea of eating horse combined with being 13 weeks pregnant made me feel a bit too nauseous!

We had the MOST AMAZING sleep in the world – a solid 8 hours where we didn’t have to go outside in the middle of the night to pee. Luxurious I tell ya 🙂

Day 8

On Day 8 after an amazing breakfast we hit the road again, we were finally planning to drive the Golden Circle. Originally, we were going to do this at the very beginning of our trip but because of the terrible weather we bypassed it completely and just headed southwest.

First stop was Thingvellir National Park which is on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the North-American and Eurasian continents. The photo above actually shows the tectonic plates. It was neat to see, and I’m glad we stopped there, but it was also VERY busy and VERY touristy. Not our favourite! Especially since we’d just been spoiled by so much wide open space and beauty in Iceland!

Next we headed to Gulfoss Waterfall, one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland, and also extremely busy.

The waterfalls in Iceland really are so so incredible though!

After this we powered through the rest of the Golden Circle (which was scenic but certainly not my favourite – I actually think if you only have a few days in Iceland you should SKIP the Golden Circle and drive around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula instead!) to get to Seljavallalaug, which is an abandoned pool in the middle of the mountains in Iceland. I read a few blog posts about it like this one and this one and was super excited to visit. Of course, since it was a hot, sunny day it was farrrr from abandoned. I would also say if you have done any kind of hiking at all, the walk there is NOT bad at all. Some blog posts and reviews online made it seem like the hike was intense or far, it was a very easy 15 minute hike.

It’s literally a geothermal pool in the middle of beautiful green Iceland hills. So pretty and neat! Eric and I actually hiked further up past the pool along the river and then came back and got in. We probably spent about an hour in it. It was super neat how it was geothermal heated by water coming from the mountains. It’s also almost 100 years old.


It was a pretty neat experience, especially on such a beautiful hot and sunny day!

Once we were done at the pool we backtracked a little as we were hoping to find some oceanside camping for our second to last night in Iceland. We ended up in the tiny town (village?) of Stokkseyri, which was super cute and right on the water. Sadly they didn’t have a camping site on the water, but they did have a really nice campground with awesome showers and a cute little kitchen that we basically got to ourselves for the night. We were the only ones there until almost 10pm when another campervan pulled in.

Day 9

For early May, we lucked out with incredibly beautiful weather in Iceland. We were in Iceland for 9 full days, and of those 9 days only 3 of them were foggy / rainy. The rest were beautiful with blue skies and sunshine. Unfortunately, our very last day in Iceland was one of the foggy and rainy days.

For our very last night in Iceland we drove to the very tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula and camped at Gardur Lighthouse. I am sad it wasn’t a clear night as apparently the sunsets from this point are absolutely incredible.

The Reykjanes Peninsula has the most insane landscape, like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

It basically felt like we were on Mars!

Last night in the campervan!

We just relaxed by the lighthouse all afternoon. I went for a long walk along the ocean, we had delicious coffee and date cake at the cute little cafe that was right there, we read our books, we got the campervan cleaned out and organized as we had to return it the next day. Nothing too terribly exciting for our last day. This was definitely one of those trips where we were sooo ready to go home a day earlier than we did.

The next day at noon (May 10) we returned our campervan and headed to the airport for our flight home. It was an AMAZING, once-in-a-lifetime trip, but as mentioned we were ready to get home. Two weeks of go-go-go, especially with me being pregnant, was a bit much. I do think maybe more relaxed / laidback vacations where we are only gone for 7 – 10 days and stay in one place the whole time (like our trip to Kauai over Christmas) are going to be more our style going forward. We will see though, never say never 🙂

What was the last vacation you went on where you felt like you needed a vacation from your vacation to relax once it was over? 


Iceland: Days 4 – 6

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Day 4

We woke up in Hofn to super cloudy / foggy conditions. We literally could not see 3 feet in front of us. Luckily once we got on the road and got out of the town and towards the coast the fog actually cleared off quite a bit and we had some beautiful views. This was actually one of my favourite days of our whole trip – the views were absolutely incredible and the weather was perfect as we weaved through the Eastfjords.

We didn’t really do anything overly exciting this day – we just drove along the coast, and pulled over lots to check out the amazing views!

Aren’t Eric’s sunglasses the best! ha ha

The BEST part of the Campervan by far was being able to pull over with views like this whenever we wanted to rest – or eat!

Before finding our camping spot in Egilsstadir Iceland, we did a side trip to Seydisfjordur, which I highly highly recommend. It was a BEAUTIFUL drive down there and the cutest little town.

You can see the town of Seydisfjordur in the valley of this photo – such a pretty drive down!

And the most adorable little town, we sat right here and had a drink. 🙂 Then we made our way back to Egilsstadir for our third night of camping where we continued to have beautiful sunshine!

Day 5

Day 5 was a BIG travel day for us! We covered almost 500 km and all of Northern Iceland.

So, I’m sure others might have different opinions on this, but we really weren’t a huge fan of Northern Iceland. The landscape was very desolate and in general we weren’t as drawn to pull over regularly like we were throughout the south, southeast and eastfjords, which is part of the reason we ended up covering so much mileage!

There were some amazing waterfalls – as per usual – right off the road though.

We did do some cool stuff in Northern Iceland though. First, we visited one of the famous waterfalls – Dettifoss. It was a really cool waterfall and a seriously beautiful day out!

After that it felt like we drove and drove and drove and drove 🙂


We ended up camping at the Saeberg Hostel on night #4 and man was this place ever an amazing little gem! It had a huge kitchen with big windows overlooking the water and this super cool little outdoor hot tub that was heated geothermally on the side of the hill overlooking the water. So cool! Being preggo, I couldn’t spend too much time in it. But Eric lounged in it for a good hour. Lucky guy!

Day 6

We got a super late start on day 6. We slept in until about 9am and then took advantage of the amazing big kitchen at the hostel to make a bit of a feast. French toast with nutella and peach syrup. Yum!

Next we drove to the Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, where all hakarl is made. It was pretty interesting to learn about how they make hakarl – for example, there are no active shark hunts anymore and rather all hakarl is made from sharks that are accidentally caught in fisherman nets – so they can end up with anywhere from 5 sharks a year to 60!

We got to try some more hakarl and also go see all the shark that was hanging and fermenting out back. That made for quite the smell!

How I feel about hakarl 🙂

Our reading break spot that day – campervan for the win!

We also visited Kirkjufell, which is the most photographed waterfall and mountain in Iceland. I honestly found it a tad underwhelming…

Probably because we had such a huge driving day the day before we ended up pulling over early to camp on this night. We were both pretty tired and we found this amazing spot to stay. So, camping in the wild (aka not at designated camping spots) is apparently not allowed in Iceland. However, we were very careful to make sure we cleaned up after ourselves and did not leave any waste behind. Plus the spot we were in was very secluded – and, it was STUNNING.

A typical campervan meal!

That sunset though *heart eyes*

And that was day 6! At this point we had covered over 1,300 km (800 miles) in 5 days of driving! We were definitely getting pretty tired, which I think you will see reflected in how laidback the next 3 days are…

But stay tuned for that recap next time 🙂

Have you ever tried hakarl? Would you? 


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!