And we finally make it to part 3 – the final installment – of the Big Iceland Post. This post covers two days; our last two full days on the road; instead of just one like our previous posts, but that doesn’t mean it’s not as action packed. There are, unfortunately, just fewer pictures documenting this part of the trip. So let’s get started.
Our first stop of the day was Dimmuborgir. It’s just east of Myvatn lake and features some really interesting lava rock formations and caves. It’s also where parts of Game of Thrones were filmed and it has an Icelandic Metal band named after it. And according the Nordic Christian lore it’s where Satan landed when he was cast from heaven (according to wikipedia).
It’s a pretty cool place to spend your morning. There are tons of hiking trails ranging from super easy walks to hard-core difficult full blown hikes that can take all day, and it has a museum.
We spent the next couple of hours driving around Lake Myvatn. We didn’t get to see too much of it the night before because of how late we got there, so we decided to drive around the whole thing the next day.
The crazy lava fields make up a large portion of the landscape here, especially on the side that’s closest to Dimmuborgir.
Eventually that’s replaced by a more rolling-plains lake landscape, but both are equally beautiful.
Our next stop was completely unexpected. Somehow in all of our research we failed to discover this waterfall. I’ll have a photo journal up about it soon, but it was absolutely beautiful and a wonderful surprise to finish out day 3 of our Icelandic adventure.
The great thing about this waterfall was that there weren’t as many people here as there were at the main waterfalls down south. It’s on the Ring Road and super easy to get to, but I think a lot of people just don’t make it this far north in Iceland.
In a way it makes sense. If you only have three or four days in Iceland, doing the Golden Circle down south is probably the best use of your time. However, Godafoss is something you should definitely try to get to if you can. It was one of my favorite things we saw while we were there.
We stopped for the night in the town of Akureyri; Iceland’s second largest city after Reykjavik. We stayed in a cute little bed and breakfast, drank some good, but expensive beer and ate some delicious Thai food. I took almost no photos here just because we were way more concerned with eating and editing photos of the Northern Lights from the previous night.
We spent a good bit of day 4 driving, only stopping every now and then to take pictures or grab food.
We got to get off the Ring Road and head for the Snæfellsjökull Peninsula where we would see the last major attraction on our Icelandic adventure and one of our last waterfalls.
I saw a picture of this waterfall and mountain on Reddit and knew we had to go. Cody was a bit reluctant, but I insisted and I’m so glad we did. These are some of my favorite pictures from Iceland and it ended up being one of my favorite experiences there.
Like Godafoss, Kirkjufellsfoss isn’t nearly as busy as the waterfalls down south. There will be buses of tourists there, but they typically only stay for maybe 30 minutes before they are whisked away to their next stop.
I also got really lucky to grab a few shots with nobody in them. I’ll have a photo journal up about this one too in a couple of weeks.
Black Sand Beaches
I’m sure this place has a name but I can not find it. It was one of those places where we pulled over for just a few minutes because it was too beautiful not to.
But it was starting to rain and it was getting dark and we still had to find somewhere to camp for the night.
Snæfellsjökull National Park
We camped on the edge of the national park for our last night in a closed down camp ground. Just a short jaunt up a hill a few meters from our camp site got us absolutely stunning views like this. We didn’t do much more than drive through the national park the next day, but, like the rest of Iceland, it was beautiful.
That sums up our big Iceland adventure. It was an amazing journey with lots of unexpected and stunning experiences and incredible sights. I loved it so much, I’m already trying to talk Cody into going back. And someday, we will.