Dream day in Iceland

Although Iceland isn’t a huge place it is big enough and has enough to do that I always warn people about trying to do too much in one trip or cover the whole country. However, if time, distance, and transport were no object, this is what I’d do on my dream day in Iceland:

I’d magically teleport myself to just outside the tunnel leading into my favourite town of  Ísafjörður. Just because I rarely get to go through tunnels I find them fun! P1010792

From there I would go into town, wander around the streets and watch a plane attempt a landing at the airport, hopefully with several go-rounds. I’d eat at the pizza place, I can’t remember exactly what I had there but it was good. Yep, I realise this is not the stuff most  people’s dreams are made of. Just humour me.

P1020029From there I’d snap my fingers and have the fun of the drive down the stunning Selárdalur road to the Samúel Jónsson site. I don’t know why I find this place so appealing, it is partly the scenery along the road and the general isolation.

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Then I’d magic myself to the sulphurous wasteland of Hverarönd,  and remind myself what a trip to Mars or a post-apocalyptic world could be like.

From there I’d go Jökulsárlón, but not to the lagoon itself but to the iceberg littered beach across the road.

4cFinally, there would be a change of season and I’d go and visit any of the waterfalls in their frozen state.P1000328I can think of a few other good combos – maybe they partly seem interesting because they could never really happen! So that’s my dream day in Iceland – what’s yours? 

 

Hverarönd

I’ve been saving this one up as my “must-see” Icelandic attraction. This is another one that people have wondered is real after seeing my photos. It must rank up there as being one of the most “unearthly places on earth” – if you suddenly woke up here you really would think you were either on another planet or in hell!The noise of steam being forced up from underground, the stink of the sulphur, the bubbling mud, the scorched earth, it is probably the one place I would take someone who hasn’t been to Iceland before to really blow their mind! All these factors make it not the most pleasant or scenic place you could visit but it’s so unbelievable you can overlook these things.

I know I’ve said this before but it amazes me that Iceland doesn’t charge money to see something like this. Driving past it again at around 7:00 pm there were zero people there. How can this be?