Hello people of the forum,
I have been reading your posts for a few weeks now, preparing for my Iceland trip.
A lot of very helpful tips/ information on here!
I have done a lot of research as well; yet still have a few unanswered questions that I hope you can help me with!
We are planning a trip to Iceland in early May this year, for about 10-12 days.
I have made a general itinerary for us, and I would like to ask your opinions as well as your advice:
My husband and I are really not into touristy places, so we are not interested in places like the Blue Lagoon or anything of this sort (as pretty as it may be)
And yes, I am fully aware that nothing in Iceland is “touristy” really, but still…
I want my Iceland trip and experience to be focused on wild life, nature, heritage, and history and of course: how can we pass on the local bar scene and local food in the cities? (with emphasis on local ‘real’ stuff!)
Can anyone local, or someone with same interests maybe suggests some ‘hidden gems’? I am very interested in the history of Iceland and the Viking heritage, and local folklore but sadly couldn’t find much about information about it…
We want to hike, but not to camp out, so we will get hotels near all locations.
Land in Reykjavík, pick up rental car and head to a day trip to Bjarnarfell to see the geysers and hike a bit in Gullfoss. (Golden Circle)
Option: driving to Hveragerdi:
Would anyone recommend it? I have heard mixed reviews, and I want to hear your opinion regarding spending a day hiking there, and maybe getting into the natural hot springs. Is it worth the trip? How busy does it get etc
QUESTION: Is it worth the day trip or shall I just skip?
Drive from Reykjavik o Snæfellsjökull National Park
Hike and see: Londrangar, coast line, Svartifoss (‘Black waterfall’), Sjónarnípa and more.
Would you recommend Hellnar or Ólafsvík for our stay when near Snæfellsjökull?
I want to also see Arnarstapi and Londrangar cliffs – has anyone been there and can tell me if it’s worth the extra time added?
Day 5: drive up north to Osar (3.5/hour drive) for a night and to go to the seal beach, and to see Hvitserkur and to hike a bit in the area.
Spending the night somewhere there too
Drive to Akureyri- (3 hour drive) Spend 2 days/2 nights in Akureyri:
Including an hour drive up north to Husavik to spend the day there and go whale watching and hike in the area. Including 45 min drive east to Goðafoss waterfalls
From Akureyri to Lake Myvatn (1.15 minutes drive)
Spend 3 nights there to do day hikes and really explore the area
I want to see: I want to see: Dimmuborgir, Hverarondor Hverir, Myvatn Nature Baths, geo-pools Namaskard Volcano and Hverfjall
QUESTION: Do you recommend just staying in Akureyri and drive an hour to Lake Myvatn every day for a day hike, or is it better to stay in the lake area?
From Lake Myvatn back to Reykjavik (5.5/hour drive)
Spend two nights there, enjoy the city for a full day, relax and fly home the next day.
My main questions are:
A) would you even recommend this kind of itinerary?
Am I doing a lot of driving in the first few days, and are any of the spots I mentioned worth going? Are there any other spots I am missing and that are a must see?
B) any Viking/ local folklore/ must-see history spots I should see along the way of my rout, or others you would recommend me to go to? (I have no problem changing my itinerary based on cool and must-see gems!)
C) Any really good places to eat you would recommend along my roads,
Such as Amazing local restaurant, village that has a specialty food, a gas station with awesome store- anything on the interesting food front that I should know about? I would love to sample local dishes, local treats, anything out of the ordinary and “true Icelandic”!
D) Fully aware that those are unpredictable, but where would (if at all) I be able to see northern lights the best along my trip?
E) I read somewhere that if you drive on some roads, the gas stations often don’t have credit card machines and I should get a pre-paid gas card to use: is it true along the roads that I have planned here?
F) Last but not least- will we be able to buy wine/ beer and take along with us to our hikes / travel? Needless to say, we are not going to “Drink and drive” but I am curious about the laws/stores that one can find those.
Thank you so much in advance for any information / answers anyone can provide me with!