Iceland In Seven Days Part IV: The North, The West, and THE SILVER STREAK

Iceland In Seven Days Part IV: The North, The West, and THE SILVER STREAK

We're alive! Yes! Now that we've survived #snowmageddon2016 AKA "A Small Sprinkling Of Snow If You're An Icelander" we are ready to get across the north half of the country in order to see them Aurora Borealises! There's going to be another big hunk of driving today, so crank that 1989 and let's roll to our first stop, The Lake Myvatn Nature Baths

A lot of people will tell you about The Blue Lagoon as the stop to make in Iceland, and The Blue Lagoon is great if you are only in Iceland for a few days, and anytime you can spend time in a pool heated by natural gas which comes from the liquid hot magma at the center of the Earth (all facts approximate) that is the vivid color of laundry detergent, you absolutely should. BUT. If you are doing the Ring Road, save yourself a little bit of cash (Hey, you're sleeping in your car for goodness sakes, obviously you care about fiduciary concerns) and hit the Lake Myvatn Nature Baths instead. The baths are about an hour east of Akureyri, the second largest city on the island, and they are just as spectacular, just as refreshing, and just as much of a treat to your senses and your aching bones as The Blue Lagoon. 

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Iceland In Seven Days Part III: The East Coast

Iceland In Seven Days Part III: The East Coast

Did you wake up a little hung over after drinking Gull and Brennevin all night? I know we did, but there is good news because the next AWESOME stop is literally directly across the street. You can find black sand beaches (FUN FACT: The beaches are black because most of the sand comes from volcanic ash) in other places throughout Iceland, but Vik is by far the largest and the most beautiful. You can backtrack around the mountain from the campground for views like this, including the spectacular basalt columns:

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Iceland In Seven Days Part II: Driving Reykjavik To Vik

Iceland In Seven Days Part II: Driving Reykjavik To Vik

When we last left off, you (our heroes) had been awake for approximately 35 straight hours and were sleeping at the Bus Hostel in Reykjavik. I'm assuming you did exactly the same thing we did the first day you were in Iceland, and have gotten your fill (mostly) of The Golden Circle. If you're truly following in our footsteps, one of you will need to grow a terrible beard. Go ahead. I'll wait. Doesn't connect between your neck beard and your mustache, but yet also has a few super long white and red hairs growing in it? AWESOME, you're ready.

We rented a Ford hatchback, which was the most expensive of the two wheel drives, and the biggest. We needed the room, because (Oh did I forget to mention?) we slept in our car for five nights of the trip. In order to make our budget for a year long trip, we needed to cut costs wherever possible, so that meant only staying one night in the hostel in Reykjavik (and even that was only $21 a bed) and going grocery shopping to eat most of our meals. Because, as I mentioned before, the food in Iceland is crazy expensive. Oh, and the gas is crazy expensive. Oh, and the lodging is crazy expensive. Oh, and the rental cars are crazy expensive. If you haven't caught the storyline, Iceland is crazy expensive. So we had to save money however we could. The car rental cost us $62 per day, and this was without the extra insurance. We have a Chase Sapphire Preferred card (LAH DEE DAH) which covered our insurance, but everything that I read involves a horror story of a $900 scratch on the bumper that the driver couldn't even see. Even our friends from Belgium (What? What friends? We'll get there, you guys, this is going to make so much sense when you read it the second time.) told us that when they returned their car, the clerk inspecting the car found a small scratch just above the wheel well and told them it may cost up to $600. So you may want to get that extra insurance just for a piece of mind.

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Iceland In Seven Days Part 1: Driving The Golden Circle

Iceland In Seven Days Part 1: Driving The Golden Circle

Let's get a couple of introductions out of the way before we get going, if you've read another Iceland Post, these are all the same,so feel free to skip down to the next picture:

  • This is going to be a Multi-Post EPIC JOURNEY THROUGH ICELAND, so you can read them in order, or skip around, or don't read any of them, I'm not your mother, I'm just glad you clicked.
  • If you like the pictures, there are A LOT more on our Facebook page, go like us and look at them! Again, or don't. I'm not your mother.
  • There's going to be a lot of Iceland Inside Jokes throughout this, so you can go back and read them again later and you'll enjoy them on another level. This will be the Memento of blog posts.
  • It's my hope that people planning a trip to Iceland can use these posts as a loose guide to getting around the Ring Road, or just cherry pick some ideas from it. At the very least, you can click from here to this Expert Vagabond post, which was extremely helpful for our first couple of days.
  • We traveled to Iceland during the shoulder season (late April/Early May), which was fantastic, as the weather cooperated for most of our stay there, and it wasn't too crowded at any tourist attraction. There were many times when we didn't see another person/car for almost an hour. 
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