The entire island of Iceland is insanely gorgeous. But there is something extra special about South Iceland. Maybe because it is jam-packed with beauty at every turn. Or maybe because there is such a variety of unique experiences to be had. Either way, we could have easily spent our entire two weeks in this area. If you are doing a stopover in Iceland, this is the perfect area to focus on.
On the fourth day of our Iceland road trip, we awoke in beautiful Kirkjubæjarklaustur still riding the high we got from Day 3. After a quick breakfast of microwaved oatmeal (an upgrade from our usual granola bars), we backtracked a little to spend the morning exploring and photographing Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. I had fallen in love with this place during my Iceland research and HAD to check out! But the real highlight of this part of our trip was Iceland’s Glacier Lagoon.
“We have to go check this out, babe!” I heard my husband exclaim as I was finally falling asleep for the night. The aurora borealis had come out to play and he wanted to get away from the city lights to get better pictures. It only took about 5 minutes of driving before we were in total darkness. Vik (the city we had stopped to camp at) isn’t very big. So we stopped in an open area, turned off the car lights and shivered in the brisk night air as Buddy captured some of our beautiful late night show. However, it didn’t take long for those colorful lights to disappear as mysteriously as they came. We headed back to town to get some much needed rest for Day 3 of our trip, when we planned to tackle the South Iceland beaches near Vik!
On Day 1 of our Iceland road trip it was sideways-raining and gloomy outside. But we were still excited to begin our day of exploring the Golden Circle and checking out the best South Iceland waterfalls. Armed with caffeinated beverages (since it was midnight at home in Denver) and water-proof gear, we set off to begin our adventure.
We have officially returned to the real world after two weeks of exploring some of the most breathtaking places we’ve ever seen. I spent months creating our Iceland camper van road trip itinerary and drooling over pictures. But nothing could have prepared me for what we experienced while we were there. And since our return, I have been struggling with answering one seemingly simple & inevitable question: “How was your trip?”
We saw waterfalls, canyons, glaciers and cliffs. We hiked a haunted mountain path, drove on terrifying dirt roads with steep inclines, almost got blown away by insane wind, saw where a troll-man used to live, experienced Reykjavik on a Saturday night and laughed hysterically while being herded by a sheep dog … plus so much more! So, when I blurt out “great” or “amazing” when I’m posed with this deceptively difficult question I feel extremely guilty, like all the Icelanders in the world are collectively shaking their heads at my verbal inadequacy.