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? 

 

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Vatnajökull Glacier

Vatnajökull is a huge glacier that also covers many volcanoes. If you’re driving around Iceland, you will have sight of it for a long time as it’s so huge. You can see small glimpses of it in many guises. Here is one of it’s “tongues” in Skaftafell National Park:

A very popular way to get close to it is to one of the famous boat trips on its lagoon, Jökulsárlón. Here you see icebergs that have broken off and are making their way out to sea. They are all different shapes and sizes. The larger ones are there for years. The icebergs can turn over, with their “fresh side” then showing a translucent blue colour.

The final place you can see bits of the glacier is over the road on the beach, where some of the icebergs get stranded before going out to sea. This is actually my favourite place to see them – where else can you see a black sandy beach with icebergs on it?