A Legendary Iceland Excursion Through Spectacular Scenes

Hitting headlines, attracting adventure seekers, and wooing nature lovers and photographers alike– Iceland has become a top bucket list destination for millions of travellers around the globe of all age groups and ethnicities. In this complete Iceland Travel Guide, read about my Epic 10-day Iceland Roadtrip through spectacular landscapes of stunning waterfalls to otherworldly volcanic landscapes, from bubbling mud pots to curious lava towers, from sparkling beaches to geothermal Lagoons.

What made me plan a 10-day Iceland Roadtrip?

I first heard of Iceland when I used to play video games in childhood on those game consoles with cassettes. My Formal introduction to Iceland happened in 2010 when our Family Trip to London got postponed by two weeks due to a volcanic eruption in Iceland. The smoke took over European Airspace and forced us to postpone our flights.

Finally, I went to Iceland in 2016 for my 100-Day Europe Backpacking Trip. Iceland was my final country on my Marathon European Journey, spanning over 25+ Countries and 50+ cities. My Mother wanted to join me specifically for Iceland as she had seen some pictures of Iceland on the Internet. So I decided to rent a car and do a road trip across the Ring Road Circle in Iceland. And it turned out to be the most beautiful experience of my life.

So let’s start from the beginning now.

How to Reach Iceland

There are two ways to get to Iceland – by airplane or by ferry. I chose to fly in. Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik, Iceland, is your gateway to the country. Most European Cities have a direct flight to Reykjavik. Iceland Air is the flag carrier airline of Iceland, while WOW Air is the budget airline which offers fantastic deals. Around 20 airlines have regular flights from destinations in Europe and North America to Keflavik airport all year round.

Best Months to Visit Iceland

Summers are the best time to visit Iceland as the roads are clear of snow and the weather is not that harsh. So you get to witness the beautiful landscapes while travelling around the country. It would be best to visit Iceland in December – January to see Northern Lights. I suggest visiting in May-June or September-October when the skies are clear and there are few tourist crowds in the country. Also, the days are longer so you can travel more during the day.

How to Travel in Iceland

The best way to travel around Iceland is by renting a car. Public Buses are available, but you will only be able to access some of the sites. You can easily rent a car in Iceland with your Indian Driving License by getting International approval from your Driving License authority by showing your passport and flight tickets. There are many car rental companies in Iceland, and you won’t have any trouble finding the right car or even a Caravan for yourself, as Caravan Tourism is getting popular in Iceland. I rented my Car from Lagoon Car Rental for 7 Days at Rs.50,000 back in 2016.

Why is Iceland Still My Favorite Country after visiting 52 Countries

Waterfalls

Iceland is home to hundreds of waterfalls, and I have a deep connection with flowing water, so I tried and explored as many waterfalls as possible during my road trip. Some of my Favorites are Gulfoss, Seljlandsfoss, Skogapfoss, and Detifoss & Godafoss. Iceland Tourism has ensured that you have a pleasant and safe experience while visiting these falls, so proper trails are made, and even my Mother was able to see all of them.

Glaciers

I was spellbound when I saw these enormous Glaciers for the first time in my life. We visited Vatnajokull and did a zodiac boat ride in Jokulsarlon Lagoon, where we spotted Walrus and Seals playing on the icebergs. Words cannot describe our emotions while witnessing these natural wonders. I also did Glacier Hiking which was 2 hours experience; in a group of 10, we went to walk on Breidamerkurjokull Glacier. The surprising part of this hike was the ice cave we sneaked into was formed due to crevasses in the glaciers—an extraordinarily thrilling and memorable experience for me.

Geysers

The Great Geysir, part of the Golden Circle Day trip, is the Mother of all geysers in Iceland. I remember the boiling water strikeing up to more than 50 meters in the air, and it was the first time I saw the water going up like this, so again a big memory for me. Strokkur is another Geysir we saw near The Great Geysir, which erupts more frequently but does not go that high. Also, they are boiling mud pools in Myvatn Region, which is also a sight that I remember very well to date.

Beaches

Diamond Beach near Jokursalon Glacier Lagoon was one of the most beautiful beaches I have seen. Diamond Beach is famous because it sparkles with orbs of ice; no, you do not find any diamonds here. Another Beach I remember well is Black Sand Beach of Reynisfjara, where the sand at the beach is now black due to volcanic ash.

Lagoons

The sapphire Lagoon is a milky sapphire-green bath visited by two million people a year. No wonder it is one of the most photographed sights in Iceland, and rightfully so. Here the powers of geothermal sea waters create beautiful spa experiences, which is why you need to make a reservation before because it gets completely booked on even regular days.

Volcanoes

Iceland is one of the most active volcanic regions on the planet & is home to 32 active volcanoes. An eruption occurs every four years on Average. One can take helicopter tours over some of the volcanoes permitted by the government, but it is an expensive affair. So it is an entirely personal choice whether you would like to see them up close or you would get to see many of those while driving around the Ring Road.

Geological wonders

So many geological wonders are packed in such a tiny country of Iceland, which is why geothermal energy is most effectively utilized in Iceland, and you can see many geothermal plants in Iceland’s national parks. One of the most beautiful Geothermal Plants was near the Kerid Crater, another sight to behold

I wish I could return to Iceland; there is so much to see in this country full of natural wonders & beauty.

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