From South America to the States and now to Iceland. I know. Everyone says it. Why Iceland? Lachy found the flights. A seven day stopover in Iceland and it's a stunning country - so why not! Anyway, it's our third continent of the trip, and a country we are super to see. But our wallets aren't so keen...
We arrived at 1am in the morning darkness - wait - strike that... We arrived at 1am to the midnight sun. It was like dusk. It was weird and I didn't quite know how to feel... Lachy and I spent the remainder of the night watching Netflix while sitting on our Bolivian picnic blanket in a far corner of the airport. We weren't going to pay for accommodation for a six hour sleep!
When the time came we could get our accommodation (our mini camper van) for the week - we bussed into Reykjavík. The vehicle was small but it was the cheapest (at over 800 euro for six days...)
Due to the vehicle expense, we decided we would live off tuna sandwiches for the week. So we set off. I lasted about thirty minutes before I fell asleep. Lachy spent a couple of hours site seeing (I can't tell you what he saw. I was asleep. He would lock me in the car while he went to take photos!)
Eventually, the jet lag got to him too. And he pulled over for a roadside nap too. I woke up an hour later, and we decided this was ridiculous and went to find a caravan park for the night. We found one that had a bar. Even better. Turned out that this was the night flag Iceland played (beat) England in the Euro '16. What an atmosphere. Even though we were in a caravan park, there was probably about 200 people crammed in watching the game and chanting and doing the (now) famous Viking clap.
After the game, I went to bed. To wake up 4 hours later and wonder where Lachy had got to. I walked back to the bar and found him (and his new best friend) having a great time! I believe Lachy has plans to return in the winter now!
Our second day I let Lachy have a sleep in. Work off that hangover a bit more. We had a jam packed day ahead. There is a ridiculous amount to see in Iceland. It's all beautiful. It's all green. It's all expensive... So we planned to see the free landmarks.
Don't ask me to pronounce any of these in person because I can't. Stop number one was Seljalandsfoss. What is Seljalandsfoss I hear you ask? It's a waterfall. A stunning one that you can walk behind, if you get close enough, you can have a shower too. When we saw people on their waterproof pants, we thought that perhaps we were under prepared. But we managed.
We followed up the first waterfall with a visit to a black sand beach. If I am honest - there are a lot of these. We then saw Skógafoss. A waterfall with viewing points at the top, middle and bottom. I'm going to tell you now, there are a LOT of waterfalls in Iceland.
When we got to the Sólheimajökull glacier we went past the "no passing" sign (rebels) and walked on part of the glacier. Lachy also got hungry and ate some of it.
When we were completely on the south we stumbled across the Dyrhólaey cliffs. Okay. We didn't stumble. They're difficult to miss.
That night we camped at Skaftafell national park. With the night time/day time thing, we struggled to sleep. So after our tuna dinner, we had many games of connect four. Because we couldn't read the Yahtzee rules - our Icelandic is terrible.
Due to the late night games, we had a big sleep in the following day. Luckily, we had 24 hours of daylight up our sleeve to fit in as much as possible!
We got our first look of Glacier Vatnajökull (and our second and third... It's a big glacier). We also visited Glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón which has been featured in a couple of James Bond films. We could have gone for a boat ride. But decided against it. We settled for throwing rocks at giant ice blocks instead.
We ended up in a town called Höfn around lunch time. Höfn is famous for its langoustines (mini lobster or big prawn). We decided to skip the Tuna today and lash out on a pricey dish. Lachy got his with a side of duck. I just had a plateful of langoustines. It was amazing. One of the best meals we have had while on the road!
The afternoon turned a bit crap in the weather situation. While admiring the beautiful landscape was amazing in the morning, the afternoon the fog set in, and the rain, and more fog. We couldn't see anything in our drive into the mountains. But as we made our way downhill on the other side, the fog cleared, and lo and behold - more waterfalls. Iceland should be called waterland.
We arrived in a small town to set up camp (at 9pm). But saw that Fardagafoss was nearby - yes - another waterfall. So we took a late night stroll in the daylight and ventured to yet another stunning waterfall!
The following morning we woke up and everyone else in the campsite was gone... What can we say, we like our sleep! I was adamant to Lachy that we HAD to go to the tallest waterfall on Iceland. It was cold and rainy and I checked my notes... It was the third highest. So we skipped that one and drove on to a volcanic field with sulphur vents. Love the smell of rotten eggs.
Then visited the Víti crater, which was incredible views. Photos won't do it justice.
Next stop was Dettifoss. There isn't really safety barriers or anything there. More a matter of "don't be an idiot" - we stood right on the edge and pretended to jump in. It was also the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Very impressive.
Our last full day was filled with a lot of driving. We felt the north didn't have so much to offer. So we made our way back to Reykjavík. We visited Godafoss (waterfall of the gods) on the way and ate numerous cinnamon scrolls.
We made it back to Iceland and had an epic night out. I would tell you more. But I don't recall much. Our last day was spent eating burgers before going to the airport to make our way to Finland. We really have to learn not to be hungover on the travelling days!