In a place where glaciers sit on top of volcanoes, where the sun appears at midnight, and where there are more horses and sheep than people, Iceland is both bizarre and beautiful. Here are the highlights of my 8-day journey around the island.
Skaftafell → Hofn
Get up close to blue-coloured icebergs and seals at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
From Skaftafell to Hofn: 140km / 1.75 hour drive
Hofn → Myvatn
From Hofn onwards is Icelands' southeastern coastline, also known as the East Fjords. Drive on narrow and winding roads up and down rocky peaks; this was one of the most challenging parts of the drive but had some of the most stunning views. Finish the day by soaking in the Mývatn Nature Baths outdoor hot spring.
Mývatn Nature BathsMývatn
From Hofn to Myvatn: 360km / 5 hour drive
Myvatn → Hvammstangi
Find one of the most majestic waterfalls in the northern part of Iceland, Goðafoss. I also call it the Niagara Falls of Iceland.
From Myvatn to Hvammstangi: 280km / 3.5 hour drive
Hvammstangi → Snæfellsjökull
In a small town, Grundarfjörður, you'll find the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell.
From Hvammstangi to Snæfellsjökull: 250km / 3 hour drive
Snæfellsjökull → Þingvelli
Þingvellir → Glymur
Hike through a cave and across two rivers at Glymur, the second tallest waterfall in Iceland.
From Þingvellir to Glymur: 57km / 1 hour drive