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.
Camping Fjalladyrd: One of my favourite 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. There is a lovely restaurant as well. If you are wondering what to eat in Iceland, the waiter can help you choose a delicious dish. The campsite is in the middle of nowhere and it was really windy and cold on the night we stayed there. There are also sheep at the campsite. Fun fact about Iceland is that sheep are the wildest animals in the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make sure you read my blog post about the Golden Circle, South Iceland, East Iceland and useful tips before travelling to Iceland.
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Daniela || Ipanema travels toMarch 15, 2017 at 9:01 pm
Beautiful! Here it comes Iceland on my wish list!
IngeMarch 15, 2017 at 9:29 pm
Pretty nice trip. Looks like the right spot for someone who needs some quiet time.
MichelleMarch 15, 2017 at 10:17 pm
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!!
IsadoraMarch 16, 2017 at 2:14 am
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!
AndreaMarch 16, 2017 at 4:08 am
Loved every picture. Made me swoon over Iceland again!
JulieMarch 16, 2017 at 6:33 am
Iceland now on my bucket list. Great photos and inspiration.
sophieMarch 16, 2017 at 8:41 am
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.
Viviane FeeneyMarch 16, 2017 at 11:05 am
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…
JamieMarch 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm
Those waterfalls!! Magnificent! I’m adding this to my list of resources for Iceland – hoping to get there soon!
BaiaMarch 16, 2017 at 9:59 pm
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.
AllisonMarch 17, 2017 at 9:55 pm
Great read. Dettifoss seems like a nature lovers paradise. Re-pinning this for future reference!
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