Iceland is awesome!! That’s why I’m going to be writing many posts about our trip, even though it was relatively short, it’s one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited. I want to share our exact itinerary in this post, and eventually, link it to a more detailed description of each day.
I haven’t always planned every day and where we will stay on our previous travels because I like to be flexible, but for this trip, I created a detailed itinerary so we could maximize our time. I did, however, pay a few more dollars per night to stay flexible (by not booking a non-refundable room). If I thought I could get the shot somewhere on a day I hadn’t planned to be there, I wanted to be able to change the plan without losing a lot of money.
Keep in mind that our trip included Christmas day, so our itinerary would have been slightly different had it not been Christmas. We wanted to be in Reykjavik for the holiday because we thought there would be more of a chance to find food/restaurants that were open. I’m not sure if we made the right decision.
Day 1: Flew from Hamburg to Reykjavik, learning that our expensive (but only available at the time) flight was booked business class. That was why it was so expensive! Picked up the rental car, checked into the hotel, explored and had dinner in downtown Reykjavik.
Day 2: Watched sunrise at Hallgrimskirkja. Found a grocery store to stock up on lunches and snacks for the week and drive to Vik. On the way stopped at both Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls (they’re not very far from each other). The weather was grey and mostly cloudy with the sun trying to poke through. We saw some good light on the drive but not at the waterfalls.
Day 3: Our plan was to stop at the Reynisfjara beach for sunrise, but the weather was grey and rainy. I did still want to see the coastline, so as soon as it was light, we stopped at Dyrhólaey and the lighthouse. We spent way too much time here trying to capture just OK images, so we didn’t have time to stay more that day. Drove to our hotel just west of Hofn, and had dinner in Hofn.
Day 4: Another cloudy day. We started at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, mostly on the beach side. During the afternoon we booked an Ice Cave tour with Local Guide of Vatnajokull, highly recommend.
Day 5: We planned to start at Stokksness, but on the way, we were distracted by a beautiful reflection off the side of the road and spent way too much time there. Captured some Icelandic horses. Eventually got to Stokksness and ended the day driving back west and taking pictures at Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon, a smaller lagoon behind Jökulsárlón. Saw the Northern Lights from our room at 2 AM and drove around for an hour after the clouds had covered them up.
Day 6: Took our last chance to capture the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. The sky was beautiful, and we spent three hours at the beach, then drove back to Vik. Spent an hour unsuccessfully chacing the Northern Lights at 3 AM.
Day 7: Started at Vik beach for only a few minutes before moving on to Reynisfjara beach. Spent a couple of hours there, and also headed back to Dyrhólaey to see what it was like with better light. Ended up back at Seljalandsfoss for a very cloudy sunset. Drove back to Reykjavik.
Day 8: We had a slow start to the day but drove part of the Golden Circle. Stopped a Thingvellir for a bit then watched the sunset from Gullfoss Waterfall. Returned to Reykjavik for a Christmas dinner reservation we had made previously. Spend four hours in the middle of the night chasing the Northern Lights.
Day 9: Slept in. Drove all around Reykjavik trying to find food for lunch. Took an afternoon nap. Decided not to chance the landscapes in the cold/clouds.
Day 10: Early morning (but delayed) flight back to Hamburg.
Stay tuned for more about each day & our favorite pictures from the trip!