I never thought that a country would wow me as much as Iceland did. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my life. Granted, I’ve never been to Europe so this was my first time in this part of the world, but I have to say... it was love at first sight.
I partnered with Camp Easy CamperVan rentals for the nine days I had in the country. As much as I wanted to be present in the moment, each day had me wishing I had more time in the country. Each day was a unique experience in every way. Although I only had a little over a week, I decided to drive around the country on the ring road. All of the travel books said you need at least 10 or more days and looking back, that would have been a bit easier to have more time but I am so glad I took that route.
My first stop was the very popular Blue Lagoon. Tourists come in bus loads so I wanted to be the first one there when it opened at 9am. For anyone wanting to go and experience it with the least amount of people, I would recommend doing the same. I have to say that the experience was surreal. I’ve read so much about it and looked at photographs so actually being there to experience it was something I will never forget.
Once I soaked for a few hours, I started my journey on the ring road. I didn’t prepare where to go or what to see. I had a guide book that I would look at each day and look for some of the sights it mentioned. Most of the time, I would drive and pull over if I saw something interesting. Needless to say, I pulled over a lot.
I soaked up the waterfalls towards the South. I spent the night near one and woke up to an amazing sight without a tourist in sight. Once you veer off the ring road, you are pretty much on your own and alone. The further west I traveled, the less busses and tourists I saw. Traveling in April, the weather was still cold but I had sunlight until around 9pm. I came across the Glacier Lagoon and decided to stay overnight. Hearing the seagulls while the sounds of ice crashing against each other was unreal. Also, there were endless families of seals weaving in and out of the glaciers. It was pure magic.
I headed to the Western Fjords which was a sight to see. I suppose I should just say that everything was amazing. Once I turned the corner on the ring road to head back East, it got colder and a tricky windy unpaved road of snow kept my heart rate up. That was the only time I kept thinking, “is this right?” “is this the main road?” After about 40 minutes of steep incline of snowy road with no guardrail, I got to a valley of snow and at least I knew I wouldn’t slide off the side of the road. The snowy hills went on forever without a human in sight.
The next few days were spent exploring the North until I came around to the Peninsula on the west. This area had to be my favorite. Although, it’s difficult to choose a favorite experience. The key to being able to travel during this time is heat in the van from Camp Easy. Having wifi was a huge bonus for directions and looking things up on the spot.
If you want to visit Iceland, I would recommend booking one of the many different camper vans from Camp Easy. Sure, you can stay at a hotel and take the huge tour bus to the few attractions nearby, but you won’t have the freedom to explore.