Nature & Environment Sep 25, 2017


Guest post by Tim Shultz

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Iceland is an amazing country and I experienced it with the freedom of a rental car.

Our journey started with a direct flight from Orlando to Reykjavik on Icelandair. We got into Iceland pretty early, picked up the rental car and headed to the Airbnb we rented right in the heart of Reykjavik. The first full day we visited the Golden Circle. The highlights of the tour were the geysers and Gullfoss, a huge waterfall.

The next day we ventured out to the Snaefellnses Peninsula. This is the location Jules Verne used for his novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. The scenery changes drastically on this drive from lunar landscapes to majestic mountains to windswept seascapes. Towards the end of our drive, we visited Kirkjufell and the small, charming fishing village of Stykkishólmur. Stykkishólmur is featured in the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In the movie, Walter Mitty “travels” to Iceland, Greenland, and Afghanistan. In reality, it was all filmed in Iceland; that’s how diverse the landscape is.

Another day, another drive. This time we started by spending three hours at the Blue Lagoon, which I highly recommend. After a relaxing morning, we headed east to our final destination for the day: Skogafoss, a tall and powerful waterfall.

After that adventure, we drove east to Jokulsalon, the glacier lagoon. About 70 years ago, large chunks of glacier ice began calving off the melting glacier and floating out into the lagoon. The ice here is said to be over 1,000 years old. Heading back west toward Reykjavik, we stopped at Reynisfjara, a black sand beach with impressive basalt columns.

Iceland is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen and the people are the friendliest I have ever encountered. We definitely want to go back to Iceland and visit the Westfjords and North Iceland. Other must-see attractions are the Blue Lagoon, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, and Jokulsalon. On your way to Jokulsalon from Reykjavik you will hit two great falls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. I would also definitely fly on Icelandair again. It’s top-notch!

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