We did four full days in Iceland in November 2018. Here’re the write-ups for Day 1 and Days 2 and 3.
Day 4: South Shore
It felt significantly warmer on this, our last day of adventure in Iceland. Unfortunately, that meant also it rained cats and dogs. Really would have loved my rain pants here. It was too warm for the ski pants but not dry enough for just jeans.
Reynisdrangar rock formations and hexagonal basalt cliff walls
Apparently this is a similar kind of rock formation to the Giant‘s Causeway in Northern Ireland…but alas, we‘ve not yet been. We were warned repeatedly about the danger of “sneaker waves.”
This was so cool to see — one of my favorite parts of this trip. I think the dreary weather actually contributed to the mood.
Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls
These were the last two stops on our bus trip along the south shore, and the finale to the whole trip. At this point, after being cold and wet all day, I could barely be bothered to get out of the bus. I really needed those rain pants. At one of the waterfalls you are supposed to be able to walk behind the falls for a photo op. The walkway was closed during our visit. That‘s probably for the best.
Iceland, as our first toe-dip into Scandinavia, was fascinating. In retrospect, winter is not such a bad time to go. Just be prepared to layer your clothing and make sure to save up for any incidentals. Like, you know, food.
Catch up: Day 1
Day 2: Blue Lagoon
We didn’t know a lot about this place before the trip, but it was included in the package we bought, and it sounded kind of novel to bring a swimsuit to Iceland in November. Continue reading Visit to Iceland — Days 2 and 3
We met my parents, sister and brother-in-law halfway: in Iceland. We finally managed to get the six of us together on vacation in the same place, scratch off another country on our list (and crack into Scandinavia along with it), and see some really cool (and cold) stuff.
We opted for a travel company’s package instead of doing all these things ourselves:
- accommodations and breakfast
- car rental and driving
- admissions, scheduling
- POI-selection based on weather, etc.
We had a limited amount of time and the travel agency packed in quite a lot to see for the time available. I don’t think we could have done that better than they did. But that also meant a lot of time spent on the bus. Was it worth it? Continue reading Visit to Iceland — Day 1