By the time this post goes live, barring any volcanic eruption/disruption from Bardarbunga, I should be en route to JFK Airport to meet my roadtrip partners in crime. I almost hesitated to write about my plans for traveling to Iceland because it would be the saddest thing ever to have to say OH JUST KIDDING if I couldn’t go after all.
But I am too darn excited not to share, so I will!
My 2 weeks in Iceland slice up nicely into 3 segments: A 2-part roadtrip and a multi-day trek, sandwiched between a couple of days in Reykjavik. I will be rocking leggings and wool the entire time, as the temperature is unlikely to top 50F even at midday. We’ll be camping most nights in tents and sleeping bags (the most frugal option, naturally). The whole affair is quite literally the polar opposite of my day-to-day life in NYC and I am THRILLED about it.
As you might have guessed, I won’t be traveling to Iceland solo – it’ll be a group of 3-5 of us at any given time, which I’m feeling really good about. As long as I have ample opportunity to go a little photo-crazy without judgment, I’ll be content.
Roadtrip Part 1: Northern Iceland (30 Aug – 3 Sept)
Becca, Karolina, and I arrive in Reykjavik late Friday night, 8/29. We’ll pick up our 4WD rental car at the airport, head into Reykjavik, and crash for the night at a hostel. In the morning we’ll stock up on supplies and hit the road heading north, clockwise around the Ring Road.
Roadtrip Part 2: Southern Iceland (4-7 Sept)
You might remember my newfound travel companion from our jaunt to Colombia earlier this year, yes? The night of 9/3, we’ll pick Nicki up at the bus stop in Hofn and become a foursome for the remainder of the roadtrip.
And we’d be remiss to skip the famous Blue Lagoon, wouldn’t we? I’m half-expecting it to be a total tourist trap (and hence a drag), but I know I’d regret not doing this so IT’S HAPPENING.
Reykjavik (7-8 Sept)
About all that’s on my to-do list in Reykjavik is hang out in coffee shops and check out the local street art. Which, let’s be real, is not much different from how I spend my weekends in Brooklyn.
Laugavegurinn Trek (9-12 Sept)
Every time I’ve gone to type the name of this trek I’ve had to consult google, without fail. I hope to conquer both the spelling and the 34 miles of this hike in due time!
But I’m sure I’ll push through the pain and stress once I have hot springs and volcanic highlands and canyons distracting me. I MEAN LOOK AT THIS NONSENSE.
Reykjavik (12-13 Sept)
We won’t even have a full 24 hours back in the city, but I’m super stoked to be staying at Kex Hostel this time around. It’ll be lovely to recover for a bit before heading home on our 5pm flight to NYC on Saturday, 9/13.
Follow Along With Me!
To get an idea of where I’ll be heading, check out my Iceland Pinterest board. I’ll be posting updates from the road whenever possible, so be sure to follow along for your daily dose of Iceland envy!
Here’s to #hotpoolhopping and #puffinparties!