Friday, October 21, 2016

Itinerary: Iceland | October 23-November 4, 2016

The countdown has begun! I leave for Iceland on Sunday night, flying into the capital city of Reykjavik to rent a 4x4 and explore the country for two-weeks as I drive the notorious 'Ring Road'. All 827 or so miles of it.

Bad news is that I've got a horrendously obnoxious cold that took over last night after work. Sleeping for close to 13 hours didn't seem to help a ton, but I'm better at least now to begin packing, charging cameras, making copies of my passport, etc. I'm insanely stoked for this adventure. It will be SO good to be traveling abroad again, soaking in that international wanderlust. It's been nearly five-years since I traveled out of the country, when I spent five-months living in Vietnam during the second semester of my junior year of college at Loyola University Chicago. From what I've been reading in guidebooks, on other travel blogs and the social media airwaves- Iceland changes you. It opens up your mind, strengthens your relationship and inner spirit with nature and the outdoors. I cannot wait to get over there.

Now on to the fun stuff. Here's a rough idea of the trip itinerary for October 23 - November 4, 2016. 
I'll do my best to keep up blogging while abroad. Stay tuned!


Sunday, October 23:
Leave Chicago ORD, USA at 730pm 
Icelandair flight #852 to Reykjavik KEF, Iceland

Monday, October 24 Keflavik -> Vik:
Arrive in Reykjavik KEF at 635am
Pick up rental car from Go Iceland at KEF airport.
Begin Ring Road drive to Vik, Iceland (2hr, 50min drive)
Places to stop and explore:
-Skogafoss Waterfall
-Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
-Sólheimasandur Plane Crash
-Black Beach
-Reynishverfi Rocks
-Dyrhólaey Arch
-Seljavallalaug Pool

Tuesday, October 25 Vik -> Hofn:
Continue Ring Road drive to Hofn, Iceland (3hr, 14min drive)
Places to stop and explore:
-Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
-Mossy Lava Rocks
-Jokulsarlon Lagoon
-Skaftafell National Park
-Svartifoss Waterfall
-Ice Caves

Wednesday, October 26 Hofn -> Eglisstaoir:
Continue Ring Road drive to Eglisstaoir, Iceland (2hr, 51min drive)
Places to stop and explore:
-Town of Seydisfjordur
-Laekjavik coast

Thursday, October 27 Eglisstaoir -> Myvatn:
Continue Ring Road drive to Myvatn, Iceland (2hr, 5min drive)
Places to stop and explore:
-Dettifoss Waterfall
-Lake Myvatn
-Krafla Power Station
-Viti Crater
-Myvatn Nature Baths
-Hverarönd/Namafjall Geothermal
-Hrossaborg Horse City
-Hverfjall Cone

Friday, October 28 Myvatn -> Hvammstangi:
Continue Ring Road drive to base of West Fjords/Hvammstangi, Iceland (4hr, 43min drive)
Places to stop and explore:
-Trollaskagi Mountains

Saturday, October 29 Hvammstangi -> West Fjords:
Continue drive to Isafjorour, Iceland (4hr, 37min drive)
Places to stop and explore:
-Latrabjarg Cliffs
-Holmavik Museum of Witchcraft and Wizardry
-Gardar Ba 64 Shipwreck
-Kirkjufell Church Mountain

Sunday, October 30 Isafjorour -> Grundarfjorour: 
Continue drive to Grundarfjorour, Iceland (5hr drive)
Places to stop and explore:
-Snaefellsjokull National Park

Monday, October 31 Grundarfjorour -> Thingvellir:
Continue drive to Thingvellir National Park, Iceland (2hr 19min drive)
Places to stop and explore:
-Thingvellir/Pingvellir National Park

Tuesday, November 1 Thingvellir -> Golden Circle:
Drive the Golden Circle Route  to Reykjavik  (4hr 13min drive)
-Oxarafoss Waterfall
-Haukadalur Geyers
-Gullfoss Waterfall
-Kerio Crater Lake (~500ISK pay per person)
-Fontana Geothermal Baths
-Pjorsardalur Valley
-Skalholt cathedral and town
-Sifra Fissure
-Strokkur Geyser
-Geothermal Energy Exhibition

Wednesday, November 2:
**Buffer Day** Extra day added in in case of delays.

Thursday November 3:
Arrive in Reykjavik, explore the city.
Spend the night at HI Reykjavik City Hostel

Friday, November 4:
Leave HI Reykjavik City Hostel for airport (41 minute drive)
Return rental car to GO Iceland
Leave Reykjavik KEF, Iceland at 445pm 
Icelandair flight #853 
Arrive in Chicago ORD, USA at 615pm