Northern Iceland with a Camper

My vanlife highway journey round Iceland continues- and I’ve began to discover the north. Right here’s my day after day diary.

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Iceland Day 5- this was sudden!

I stared on the map, feeling annoyed. I should be in Husavik on Tuesday morning… and there simply aren’t sufficient hours to do all the things I wish to do on the way in which.

That is the issue with having fastened factors in your highway journey. It creates a stage of stress to be someplace by a selected time and date. Which suggests organising and planning your schedule, leaving no time for sudden delights you may discover alongside the way in which. 

It’s one of many causes I haven’t booked any campsites- I’ve no clue the place I’m going to finish up every evening. 

Fortunately, the issue is well solved. I phoned the expedition firm and requested to alter my reserving to Thursday, which provides me 2 further days to see all of the issues alongside the way in which. 

I set off on a 4 hour drive with just a few highlights to see. First stop- boiling mud. After a number of hours of driving, I made it to the Hverir mud swimming pools. These are like one thing out of a kids’s movie- the colors are so brilliant however the scent is horrific. I may nonetheless scent it hours later- positively carry a masks with you! 

On the way in which to my subsequent cease, Dettifoss waterfall, I finished to choose up a feminine hitchhiker. It seems, Yulia (I hope I spelt that proper!) is as loopy as me! 

She travels alone, primarily hitchhiking and sofa browsing. She’s visited 70+ nations this fashion and has plans to go to Iraq in just a few weeks. 

Chatting to her was enjoyable and made the journey to Dettifoss much more enjoyable- it’s pretty chatting to fellow travellers about their experiences around the globe. 

Dettifoss was fantastic- SO a lot energy. Anticipate to get very moist although, particularly if you need pictures of the rainbow 🙂

Ended the evening in a campsite by the lake, which sounds pretty however the actuality was midges. LOADS of midges. Funnily sufficient, I loved the view from inside my van!

Day 6 & 7 of vanlife Iceland

I’ve obtained a brand new mission- discovering the most effective spa lagoon in Iceland.

I made a decision to just accept this mission and work on it very laborious… by spending a LOT of time over the previous two days soaking in deliciously heat water. 

The 2 I’ve tried to this point have been very shut to one another: Forest Lagoon in Akureyi and Geospa in Husavik. Forest lagoon was lovely, fashionable and smooth, whereas Geospa was just a little older. 

Nonetheless, the infinity pool and unbelievable view of the Geospa was magical. Apparently they see whales there actually typically however sadly I didn’t see any throughout my go to. Guess I’ll simply have to return. 

Different notable moments of the previous two days embrace:

  • Visiting the Christmas store close to Akureyi (it’s adorned for Christmas all yr and it stuffed with items and treats.)
  • Laufás Museum and heritage web site. I loved this greater than I believed I might. The turf homes have been fascinating, as was the little church. All in all, well worth the detour to study a bit in regards to the historical past and tradition of the realm. 
  • Godafoss waterfall– named for the gods! 
  • – Grjotagja Lava cave- well-known from GoT & created between two tectonic plates!

Additionally visited a campsite which has its personal scorching tubs proper on the seashore (one among them is a viking ship!) and am presently in a campsite simply down the highway from my subsequent adventure- whale watching!! 

Fortunately, the climate appears to be enjoying good and the ocean is flat calm, so I hope we might be profitable in seeing the whales. Verify again tomorrow to see if I do! 🙂

Day 8- I noticed WHALES!

I can’t even start to explain how unbelievable right now was. It was simply… superior. 

It began with whale watching. I used to be a bit anxious in regards to the rib selection (seasick and never a giant fan of deep water) but it surely was AMAZING. The climate was sunny and sea was calm as we headed out. 

First cease, puffin island, the place I noticed a whole bunch of the tiny black birds swimming, flying, nesting and diving. 

Then we went out into the nice blue to attempt to discover whales. I hadn’t actually considered it earlier than (in spite of everything, these creatures are HUGE) but it surely was just a little like looking for a needle in a haystack. 

And WHAT a needle we discovered. 

After solely 10-Quarter-hour, we discovered a uncommon blue whale, then a hybrid whale (blue whale and fin whale) after which lastly a SLEEPING humpback whale. 

Seeing them like that, of their pure habitat, was unbelievable and one thing I’ll bear in mind ceaselessly. In case you go, positively do the rib tour- you get a lot nearer to the whales then the larger boats- and may get there quicker.

After this epic begin (and a crepe to heat up!) I headed off to one thing else I used to be excited about- a scorching spring waterfall. It is a pretty new attraction, and is presently nonetheless free, though that’s set to alter sooner or later.

However, for now, it’s a heat water pool on the prime of a waterfall, which you’ll be able to sit in. It was magical- particularly once I had it to myself. 

After about an hour right here, I set off on route 1 in direction of the western fjords. The earlier part of route 1 from Egilsstadir to Akureyi was underwhelming, however this part in direction of Laugerbakki was INCREDIBLE.

So many views and vistas- I finished about 7000 instances, which is why the journey took for much longer than the three hours Google had decreed. 

I additionally did one other detour to Kolugljufur Canyon, which I hadn’t even heard about earlier than right now. I virtually didn’t hassle, because it was off the primary route, however I’m so glad I did.

There was an incredible waterfall there and a canyon brought on by a feminine troll known as Kola. Whether or not you consider in trolls or not, you can’t deny the canyon was lovely and I loved enjoying with the drone there. 

The campsite for the evening is in a subject… which might be effective besides it’s imagined to rain all evening. Let’s hope I can get out safely within the morning! 

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