Getting to know the whole island in just one week? It is possible! This trip is something very special, our guide showed us the most beautiful and picturesque landscapes of all parts of Iceland, no matter if the South, East, North or West! As I made thousands of unforgettable memories on my tour, I would love to share my highlights and favorite places with you!
Around the island in 7 days - The Ringroad
On our first day, after picking up everyone, we started from Reykjavik to explore the Golden Circle, or as you could also say: the basics visited by almost every person who travels to Iceland. We were lucky with the weather and took some stunning impressions of the Thingvellir National Park, Gull-, Seljalands- and Skogafoss Waterfalls, Geysir Geothermal Area with us. As my personal highlight on day 1 the northern lights danced for us right above the Skogafoss waterfall at night, as we stayed in a hotel which was basically right next to to waterfall!
Discovering the south
The next day we discovered the beauty of southern Iceland. It was a great variety of different places such as the famous volcano Eyjafjallajokull, the little village of Vík and the Glacier Lagoon Jokulsarlon. While you're driving in the minibus, you often can't even decide what to look at first. My personal highlight of the south was Reynisfjara black sand beach, because it has that very mystical but at the same time lovely atmosphere.
Heading up the East Coast
My most favorite area of Iceland, as to now, is the area of the Eastern Fjords. Even though we did a lot of driving around that area, we saw many beautiful mountains, valleys and of course Fjords - as I mentioned before, you're biggest problem is not being able to decide what to look at first. And I can tell you, the landscape is just as picturesque as you know it from all the documentaries and really worth going, it feels like your alone in the world.
For the night, we stayed in a very beautiful country hotel with the most amazing view: a sunset over a half frozen calm lake!
Geothermal Areas & Waterfalls
On the 4th day, we hit the road to our destination Myvatn, which is a geothermal area in the north of Iceland. On the way we stoped at Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe! The whole area around Dettifoss was basically an untouched winterwonderland. We enjoyed the sunshine and the snowfor a while, made snowangels and built a snowman, until we drove on to Myvatn. After arriving there and checking into our hotel we treated ourselves well at the natural baths of Myvatn – a natural pool with water temperatures of around 40 degrees and a beautiful view!
The following morning, we stayed in that area and visited a geothermal area while the sun rose. Not only was the sulfur smog of the geothermal springs something stunning, but also the colors of the mountains surrounding it. Convince yourself with this picture:
After that great experience in the morning we went on to the Godafoss waterfall. If you are worried that you could get tired of seeing waterfalls at some point – don’t worry you won’t! All of them have something special and magical. So Godafoss for me seemed smaller than some of the one’s we’ve seen before, but wider and really impressive to look at with the setting of the sun and a lot of ice around it.
Our stop that 5th night was in Akureyri, the second biggest city of Iceland, where we got some time to explore the city center and have some dinner before heading to the charming country hotel.
On day 6 we headed further along the north coast in direction west. We stopped at some meadows to pet cute Icelandic horses (there are so many of them!). At night we stopped in Gauksmyri, a nice quiet country hotel. We got lucky and spotted the northern lights a second time on this trip – this time even more authentic: We climbed onto a meadow of Icelandic horses and laid down in the snow while the northern lights showed us their magic with an incredible show.
All good things come to an end...
Sad that the tour is already coming to an end but happy that we’ve been able to get to know so much of this amazing island we drove back to Reykjavik after one week on the road. We stopped on the way at the historical home of the poet Snorri Sturluson, which is called Reykholt.
Right before darkness we arrived back to Reykjavik. I can only recommend everyone to go on this trip, it’s a unique experience and the perfect way of getting to know a bit of everything the island has to offer. I definitely made memories for a lifetime!