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Iceland: Land of fire and ice
Bizarre and beautiful
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.
Day 1
Reykjavik → Vik
Experience summer and winter within the same hour and gusts of wind powerful enough to rip off car doors. Be prepared for Iceland's unpredictable weather.

Highlights:
Seljalandsfoss
Skógafoss
Black Sand Beach
Reynisdrangar
Seljalandsfoss

From Reykjavik to Vik: 200km / 2.5 hours drive
Day 2
Vik → Skaftafell
Located on the southern coast of Iceland is the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, formed around 10,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. The bedrock is about two million years old!

Highlights:
Eldhraun lava field (also known as Mossy Lava Rocks)
Fjaðrárgljúfur


From Vik to Skaftafell: 140km / 1.75 hour drive
Day 3
Skaftafell → Hofn
Get up close to blue-coloured icebergs and seals at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

Highlights:
Skaftafell
Svartifoss
Jökulsárlón


From Skaftafell to Hofn: 140km / 1.75 hour drive
Day 4
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.

Highlights:
Seydisfjordur
Mývatn Nature Baths
Mývatn


From Hofn to Myvatn: 360km / 5 hour drive
Day 5
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.

Highlights:
Goðafoss
Akureyri


From Myvatn to Hvammstangi: 280km / 3.5 hour drive
Day 6
Hvammstangi → ​Snæfellsjökull
In a small town, Grundarfjörður, you'll find the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell.

Highlights:
Kirkjufell

From Hvammstangi to ​Snæfellsjökull: 250km / 3 hour drive
Day 7
Snæfellsjökull → Þingvelli

Highlights:
Snæfellsjökull National Park
Þingvellir National Park

From Snæfellsjökull to Þingvelli: 222km / 2.75 hour drive
Day 8
Þingvellir → Glymur
Hike through a cave and across two rivers at Glymur, the second tallest waterfall in Iceland.

Highlights:
Glymur

From Þingvellir to Glymur: 57km / 1 hour drive
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