1 Toyota Land Cruiser
4 Tanks of gas
2 Volcanic craters
And 1,800 km of Icelandic roads covered. (Or 1,100 miles and change. Or for those like me who numbers don’t register much, the equivalent of over a third of the way from coast to coast of the United States.)
Any way you choose to look at it, it’s certainly a considerable distance for two people to cover. Especially two people who rarely drive these days being city dwellers and all.
Even though neither Michael nor I particularly enjoy driving, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat to explore Iceland by car. There is so much to discover in this country with such a diverse landscape and a car grants great freedom to do so. Here’s a look at what we saw along the way from the confines of our four-wheel drive monster of a vehicle, most photos being taken as we cruised along at 90 kmh (56 mph), the speed limit on paved roads.
Where did we go, you ask? After landing just outside Reykjavík before sunrise, we got in our rental car and started driving north. Our first night was spent in Sauðárkrókur and then the next three nights in Akureyri, both on the island’s northern coast. This trip we didn’t stop in the capital city at all. We just hit the road and left behind over half of the entire population of Iceland (and many tourists), heading to where the sheep outnumber the people.
Now I should pause for a moment and address readers who are similar to me. The planners out there. Because if you are anything like me, it is frustrating to try to plan a trip to Iceland. I like to be able to have a list of destinations to set out for and things planned out to see. As I started my research though, I kept coming across posts and pins by other travelers of gorgeous scenery with no specification on location. Just stunning views taken from the roadside at large.
While I will get to sharing about the “specifics,” this trip through Iceland really did prove to be just as much about the journey as the destination. (Really just had to have my cheesy moment and reference that quote. Anyway...) It truly is a place that you just have to drive through with your eyes peeled every single moment because every turn in the road steals another breath away with its beauty.
And when your eyes are watching the scenery, they also need to be on the road. Not because there are other cars to contend with. No, there are sheep. And depending on where you are, you just may find some mischievous sheep wandering into the road.
I hope that this post has not frustrated you with its lack of specific locations, but instead inspired you with Iceland’s beauty. Iceland is such a special place, and the fact is that no matter where you drive, you really can’t find an area that isn't absolutely lovely.
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PLAN YOUR TRIP:
We rented a car from Blue Car Rental on the recommendation of a friend and were really happy with them. Their rates seemed cheaper than any other company we saw, and they offered door-to-door service with a pick-up and drop-off right at the Keflavik Airport (it is walk-able to get there from the airport, but it was appreciated in the cold).
Blue Car Rental
235 Keflavik Airport
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