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Iceland Road Trip (North)

The roads might seem endless in the north of Iceland, and you will feel like there’s nothing around but this area boosts of attractions. They often just pop up out of nowhere. A huge waterfall, a lake or some mud pots. These all well worth a stop and you will be happy to have a walk around after all the driving.

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Camping Fjalladyrd: One of my favorite campsites in Iceland. There are some cool huts with grass on top. They have some tables and camping stoves inside, so you can enjoy your meal in there when the weather is windy. The campsite is in the middle of nowhere and it was really windy and cold on the night we stayed there.

Camping Fjalladyrd Camping Fjalladyrd

Dettifoss and Selfoss: We were greeted by a nice rainbow at this waterfall. The views were amazing. The waterfall in not fenced and there isn’t much infrastructure. No visitor centre, souvenir shop, but you can find toilets which you might want to visit after the long drive. We got quite wet from the mist so I recommend wearing waterproof trousers. We had to go back to the car to change before visiting the other waterfall Selfoss. This one is smaller, but still incredible. You can get really close to it, just make sure not to stand too close to the edge.

Dettifoss

Dettifoss

Selfoss

Selfoss

Námafjall Hverir: We found this place by accident. You can’t miss it for two reasons.
1: It’s right next to route 1.
2: You can smell it from a distance. This place stinks!
There are some boiling mud pots, sulphur springs, and fumaroles.

Námafjall Hverir: Námafjall Hverir

Grjótagjá cave: A must see for any Game of Thrones fans. It was the location for a famous scene from S3E5 where Jon Snow made love with Ygritte.
Locals used to bath in this cave however after a volcano eruption the water temperate rose and it is no longer allowed to swim there. The entrance to the cave is very narrow and the cave is not in a very good state so enter at your own risk.

Grjótagjá cave Grjótagjá cave

Lake Mývatn: Home to thousands of birds, craters, lush greenery and the famous Myvatn Nature Baths. There’s a nice round hike at Skútustaðir that I highly recommend. It only takes about 1-1,5 hours.

Lake Mývatn Lake Mývatn

Heiðarbær Campground: I nice little campground which was an outside pool and 2 hot tubs accessibe at an additional cost. We witnessed a nice sun set here.

Heiðarbær Campground

Húsavík: They say it’s the whale watching capital of Iceland. So if you want to see these creatures make sure you have a stop here. Also a good location to stock up on food.

Húsavík

Góðafoss: Another awesome waterfall. You can get up really close to it and I loved the fact that we could walk around it and have a look at it from so many angles.

Góðafoss Góðafoss Góðafoss

Make sure you read my blog post about the Golden CircleSouth Iceland, East Iceland and useful tips before travelling to Iceland.

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11 comments

  1. Beautiful! Here it comes Iceland on my wish list!

  2. Pretty nice trip. Looks like the right spot for someone who needs some quiet time.

  3. Been admiring Iceland for a while now but the photo you have of Dettifoss is officially my fav one I’ve seen – just spectacular. Definitely feel much stronger now about wanting to go there!!

  4. Iceland looks like something from another world, amazingly it still remains so wild, may it be preserved like this forever!! I really think about going there, it fascinates me how you find so many different natural spots in such a small island!

  5. Loved every picture. Made me swoon over Iceland again!

  6. Iceland now on my bucket list. Great photos and inspiration.

  7. Wooha! The best place on earth. and what can be a better way then a road trip to travel there! Amazing post. loved your photos. made me put this in top of my list. Thanks for sharing! Cheers.

  8. You’re killing me! Those endless roads don’t look so bad; it’s looks like getting wanderfully lost (see what I did there!) I’m from Australia where its sunshine, wildlife and palm trees, but I crave to hit the nordic countries in all their glory…
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  9. Those waterfalls!! Magnificent! I’m adding this to my list of resources for Iceland – hoping to get there soon!

  10. WOw, the landscapes are simply stunning, especially the one with a rainbow. I have not seen one so close and I bet it was a great experience.

  11. Great read. Dettifoss seems like a nature lovers paradise. Re-pinning this for future reference!

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