We met in Iceland on the 4th May and headed to Kex hostel to get settled in and head out for the night. After a couple of recommendations, we decided to go to Hlemmur Matholl, Iceland’s first food hall that offers 10 different restaurants to choose from. We opted for tacos from Fuego’s, They were blooming beautiful, a few little Moscow Mule cocktails to wash them down too.
Here she is our little babe Martha, We picked her up from Kuku Campers 25 minutes taxi drive from our hostel in Reykjavik. The camper van was really good quality & fully kitted out with all the necessities. We decided to opt for the Renault Master (5 sleeper), I know its a little excessive given there was only 2 of us on the trip but as we were staying 5 nights in the 4 nights in the camper we wanted to have lots of space. Once we were on the road, our first stop was the local supermarket for supplies, Bread, Milk, eggs, salad, sausages etc. We only had a camping stove to cook on so we had to buy things that would be fairly simple to cook. Back in Martha, We headed to our first stop…
The Blue Lagoon. Holy Moly, It was Beautiful. You have all seen the Instagram pictures, seeing it in real life was something else. Its recommended that you pre-book your slot, You will be gutted if you travel to the venue and you are not able to get in. As it is so close to the airport you find a lot of people head here as soon as they arrive or just before they head home. If you are going for the day spa there are two packages to choose from, Comfort (£74) & Premium(£92). We chose the Premium package, You just get a few little extras in this compared to the comfort package. If I am being honest I would probably stick to the comfort package as the extras you got was probably not worth the extra money. You can float around and sip a glass of bubbly till your heart’s content, Just a word of warning, Don’t dip your head under the water, It will be the oddest texture for a few days after. The secret is to coat your hair with lots of condition, like use as much as will fit on your head.
Once we finished here, We drove to Selfoss, A fairly sleepy town (As with most of Iceland) located near the south route. We took Martha to Gesthus Selfoss where we paid approx £20 per night. They had a little cabin where you could cook, wash up, shower, Charge all your tech bit and bobs. Ideal! I think this was one of the best campsites we stayed in.
Day three in Iceland was a beauty. We Decided to tick off of the beautiful waterfalls the country has to offer! Seljalandsfoss was our first stop, The waterfall drops 60m and you are able to walk behind the waterfall. It’s a must do in my eyes, the sheer volume of water is just unbelievable. Next up was Skógafoss, it’s one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 15 metres and a drop of 60 m. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow which is normally visible on sunny days, As you can see, We did not have a sunny day (typical). There is a set of steps to get to the top of the waterfall, I loved heading up here, the view was awesome and the trail at the top of the waterfall is pretty epic in itself.
After visiting the two main waterfalls we headed to Vik in the camper which took about 30 minutes. Here you find the famous white & red church on the hill which gives you panoramic views of the town. The black sand beach is also located in Vik, along with a view of Mýrdalsjökull, Lava columns, We stayed here an hour or so and then headed off to our campsite for the night, Vatnajökull National Park. The Site was very clean, Had great showering facilities and was around £15 per night. The only downside we found to this campsite was the lack of indoor kitchen, They had an outdoor sink station but that was all, Other than that it was lovely and the views of the snowy mountains were just beautiful.
We decided to book on to Troll Expeditions 3 day Glacier hike on part of the biggest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. Meeting the guide Vala at the office at about 9:30am for out 10am start in Skaftafell where they will provide you with all the equipment you need: crampons, ice axes, harnesses and helmets. After a drive for about 10 minutes to the parking lot of the glacier, From there it’s only a 15 minutes walk to the edge of the ice where your guide will show you how to put on the crampons, steel frames which are tied to your hiking boots and make it possible for you to walk on the glacier. If you only do one thing in Iceland, Let this be it! I was blown away by the glacier hike and both Tasha and I couldn’t get over the fact we were up there. Just incredible.
Once we had finished the hike we grabbed our sandwiches while we drove to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, On the south of the Island where you can see floating icebergs which are considered as one of the natural wonders of Iceland, quite rightly so, We decided to was too cold to go on a boat ride so we walked along Diamond beach to view the icebergs. Diamond beach it black sand/ lava rocks with clumps od clear Ice that has floated on the beach looking like Diamonds, Hense the name. Again, Something that you don’t see every day so 100% work a trip there.
It was then time to hit the road and make our journey back to Reykjavik, We decided to take a slightly different route back so we got to see a few other bits and bobs along our way home. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen Martha failed us. Traitor. She broke down in Fludir, a tiny village filled with the most lovely people. A farming couple along with their neighbour & son pulled up at the side of us and offered to help out. they got us back on the road within an hour but our van needed replacing and KuKu Campers were right on hand to bring us a new one within 2 hours, Amazing service.
While we waited for the replacement camper we went to see the Geysir on the Golden Circle, which spouts water 30 metres (100 ft) into the air every few minutes. As we were just killing time, we sat and watched these for a little while, it was about 10:30pm and still light out. Such a strange experience, It looked like something from Mars.
Once Our new van was here, we drove to Skjòl Campgrounds to stay the night. It was a long day but What an adventure.
The Secret Lagoon‘s natural surroundings and steam rising into the air gives the place a magical feeling. The warm water stays at 38-40 Celsius all year. In the whole area there are several geothermal spots and a little Geysir which erupts every 5 minutes, Its epic and definitely needs to be on your visit list if you head to Iceland. I believe its the islands oldest swimming pool, Remember the people who helped us get our van going? Well, their grandmothers learn to swim in this pool. I wish this was the scenery I had when I learn to swim.
After the Lagoon, we headed back in the camper to Reykjavik where we decided to check into our Hostel which we stayed in on the first night. My flight was at 8 am so it was just easy for us to stay here for our last night.