First Trip to Iceland! (Planning)

The Breakdown:

When: Mid-September
The original plan was May but some things came up so see you in 4 months!

This will be a continually updated post until the trip is finalize. Then I will update you guys on the trip!

What To Do/See

  • Self-drive the Golden Circle (map below from iheartreykjavik)
    • Gullfoss Waterfall
    • Dive Silfra (nvm - must be certified)
  • Solheimajokull (ice cave)
  • Plane crash site (maybe)
  • Reynisfjara (blocks blocks blocks and black sand)
  • Vestrahorn (5.5 hours from Reykjavik)

Vatnajökull National Park

  • Svartifoss
  • Fjallsárlón (glacier!)
  • Jökulsarlon
  • Skaftafell

Waterfalls

  • Seljalandsfoss (1.5 hours from Reykjavík)
  • Skogafoss (2 hours from Reykjavík)
  • Kvernufoss (hidden waterfall near Skogafoss)
  • Gljúfurárfoss (hidden - maybe)

Nice to Know

  • Good morning = Góðan dag
  • Emergency number is 112
  • A regular U.S. credit card even without the pin should be okay in most places.
  • A U.S. divers license is okay to rent a car.

Definitely Bring

  • Rain jacket
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Flashlight
  • Old school paper maps sounds like something still used for Iceland trips!
  • Waterproof camera gear
  • Hat
  • Gloves

Upon Arrival

  • Get a sim card
  • Get a gas card for unmanned gas stations
  • Meet some awesome people!
  • Pet a horse with awesome hair =)
  • Apparently the hot dogs are a must try (any suggestions on favorite place?)

Questions

  • Where is the most reliable place to rent a car?
  • How difficult is it to find gas stations when not in the city? Is there an app for this?
  • How do I know if the water where I am is drinkable?

Please feel free to share any tips you have on anything listed above, recommend something to add, advice for a first timer or share your stories!

My travel style is budget but comfort and willing to spend if the experience is worth it - scuba dive, sky dive, ATV. I'm not really into the "nightlife" unless it's looking at stars. More of a nature explorer than a city wanderer - waterfalls, hikes, swimming holes, glaciers.

Iceland Missions!

  1. Photographic myself on a Islandic horse (Yes! - Mission from Amy!)
  2. Find a grassy hill to roll down like Justin Bieber (Not moss though - Mission from Chrissy)
One more thing! Give me a "mission!" Something fun, random, silly to accomplish while I am there. Anything from try a new food to taking a silly posed picture with a stranger. Try to be as specific as possible for a bigger challenge =)

Self-diving map of the Golden Circle with additional stop points by I Heart Reykjavik!

Helpful Resources So Far

And many thanks to those commenting here and on Facebook!