We hadn’t planned to go to Iceland. But one day out of the blue there came an e-mail from our Scottish friend Christine, who we had met on the hiking trip through Lesotho in 2006. She had gone on a bus tour around Iceland for a week (there’s a funny story behind that but you aren’t going to read it on this blog) and just loved it. So, she said, did we want to meet up in Iceland for a holiday?
It didn’t take much research for us to agree. We decided on late June — there would be maximum hours of daylight per day and it would be late enough in spring so that snow shouldn’t be a problem. In our usual ambitious way we planned a trip to visit all parts of Iceland. We would spend a couple of days in Reykjavík, then go up to the West Fjords for a few days, then over to Mývatn (for the birds) and the north of Iceland for a couple of days. Then we would follow the Ring Road clockwise, passing through the east and south of Iceland, ending up at Skaftafell for a bit of hiking in the national park. And finally we would take a bus tour to Landmannalaugur in the highlands to do a little hut-to-hut hiking on the Laugavegurinn trail. All crammed into an action-packed two and a half weeks.
Iceland is well supplied with youth hostels, so we stayed in those whenever they were available. As for driving, there was a lot of that. Neil and Rosemary shared the driving duties. We North Americans were used to driving for hours on end through unpopulated areas, but the others found that a bit wearisome at times. However there were only a couple of really long days and everybody had a great time.
June 18, 2009: First Day in Reykjavík
June 19, 2009: The Golden Circle
June 20, 2009: Second Day in Reykjavík
June 21, 2009: Off we go to the West Fjords
June 22, 2009: Snæfellsness
June 23, 2009: Ferry to Látrabjarg
June 24, 2009: Easy day in the West Fjords
June 25, 2009: The Long Drive
June 26, 2009: Whales, Waterfalls, and Fumaroles
June 27, 2009: Mývatn
June 28, 2009: Another Long Drive
June 29, 2009: Skaftafell, Svínafell
June 30, 2009: Return to Reykjavík
July 1, 2009: We go to Landmannalaugar
July 2, 2009: Hiking the Highlands to Hrafntinnusker
July 3, 2009: Escape from Hrafntinnusker
July 4, 2009: Return to Reykjavík again
July 5, 2009: Last day in Reykjavík
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