An island full of amazement. I cannot describe Iceland any better. From beautiful nature to unreal blue water. We traveled for about 5 days across this island with a 4-wheel drive from Camping Iceland where we also slept in. We certainly have not seen everything but I think we have seen the best spots.
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Language: English, íslenska (North Germanic)
Mobile internet: Within your own contract
Travel document: Valid passport or a valid Dutch identity card
Driving (car): Dutch driving license is valid
Power: No need for a world plug
Time zone: -2 hours
- Rent a car. The island is not very big, only 103,000 km². We had a 4 wheel drive from Camping Iceland with 2 sleeping spots and a camping kit. It is pretty special to cook your pasta next to a mega waterfall.
- Bring many layers of clothing with you including thermo. It can be very cold especially during the night, so we even had to have the motor of the car running whilst wearing 4 sweaters, a coat and a blanket.
- Bring a good sturdy backpack. If you decide to go for a day of hiking, it can unexpectedly rain or storm. Therefore it is very handy to bring a spare set of dry clothes.
- Take the mountain route on the eastern side of Iceland. Incredibly unimaginably beautiful.
- Bring enough money with you because a lunch costs on average 15-20 euros per person.
Also called the Kerid Crater (Selfoss). This was our first stop on Iceland. This is the so-called explosion crater that originated 3000 years ago. You can walk on the top of the crater as well as at the bottom to get to the water. The crater is close to the road so very easily accessible.
2. Gullfoss Waterfall
One of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland. We also stayed here overnight. The water falls in two stages, which are more or less at right angles of each other, 32 meters down in a gorge that again is completely perpendicular with the second stage. You can get to the top of the waterfall by climbing the stairs. Here you can make really awesome drone footage.
Again a waterfall, sorry guys haha. Waterfalls here are just too awesome to skip. Seljalandsfoss is 65 meters high and behind the waterfall there is a path where you can walk. Fantastic spot to take photos. Pay attention here because you get very wet. Waterproof clothing is therefore a must.
A glacier lake located all the way in the south of Iceland. It is part of Iceland’s largest glacier, the Vatnajökull. To reach the lookout point you have to do a little walk, but that is never a punishment in Iceland. Large pieces of ice with the famous volcano in the background.
This is a small fishing town in the east of Iceland. To reach this village you have to take the mountain route on the east coast. This is incredibly beautiful and you want to stop almost every 5 meters for a photo. This is easy because there are only about 10 cars per hour on the road ;-). The last part is reasonably steep up the mountain where you again find a lot of snow. Once you have arrived in the town you will find typical coloured Icelandic houses and churches. Stay here at most for a few hours because then you’ve seen it all.
Put your gasmask on because you will not like this smell. Extremely beautiful to see this natural process of the earth. Mud pools, hot gases and discolouration of the ground. You’ll find it all at Námafjall. If you can take it, then you can easily spend a few hours here, but the chance of getting nauseous is very big.
We were really looking forward to this because this is the world’s most famous waterfall. Goðafoss is located in the north of Iceland. The water of the Skjálfandafljót River falls 12 meters down with a width of 30 meters, and the waterfall is divided into multiple parts by rocks. You can get almost anywhere but this is at your own risk. I almost slipped on a rock and believe me, you do not want to fall down.
8. Hvítserkur ( Rhino Rock )
We discovered this spot during our trip through Iceland, as we deviated from our route to see this. A big rock shaped like a rhinoceros. It was a bit of a search because it is all in the northwestern top of Iceland. You have to go down a very steep part here where you will find the rhinoceros. Very awesome spot to fly with your drone.
Iceland is very versatile. Snow, mist, ice, dry land, geysers, hot water baths and waterfalls that are just astonishing. Unfortunately we could not visit the hot water baths because we didn’t have our bathing suits. We would definitely like return to this gem on earth.
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