VanLife Iceland- SE & E Diary & Highlights

I spent 4 days exploring the unimaginable SE and E of Iceland in my motorhome. Right here’s my day-to-day vanlife in Iceland diary so you’ll be able to observe alongside.

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Day 1 of Vanlife Iceland

The ferry arrived in Seydisfjordur at round 09.30 and I used to be pleasantly shocked to see plenty of blue skies and sunshine. I began as I imply to continue- by stopping on the Netto to purchase recent meals (you’re not allowed to carry recent meals into Iceland), plus a caramel doughnut.

This was swiftly adopted by the unintended discovery of Iceland’s worm (cousin to the Loch Ness Monster apparently) and an excellent greater unintended introduction to the notorious Icelandic gravel roads…

In reply to the query I had earlier than I arrived: sure, a 2WD motorhome can get down a gravel street, however I don’t advocate it on your coronary heart well being. Not simply because gravel roads usually are not enjoyable to drive, however as a result of the Icelanders drive loopy quick down them!

I spent the evening at a Viking Cafe, which was round £12pppn and had each implausible views and waffles!

Days 2 & 3 of motorhoming in Iceland

Day 2 began early. The discuss I attended about Iceland on the ferry over stated one of the best ways to take care of fixed daylight is to get right into a rhythm and persist with it. In addition they prompt getting up early to do essentially the most touristy issues, so you’ll be able to see every thing earlier than the tour buses arrive.

Subsequently, I booked myself onto the very first rib boat tour of the day on the Glacier Lagoon. Excitedly, I awoke at 6am… and located myself in thick fog. It was, as we’d say in Jersey, a correct peasouper. Nevertheless, as I drove in the direction of the Lagoon parking, the fog appeared to hug the coast, however not go too far inland, that means after I rounded a nook I had the jaw-dropping expertise of seeing the glacier proper in entrance of me.

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It’s onerous to place it into phrases in case you’ve by no means seen a glacier earlier than. The sheer scale of it’s monumental, and the great thing about this specific one set in opposition to the mountains and sea is very breathtaking.

After which I rounded one other nook and noticed the Glacier Lagoon with all its icebergs. I’ll be sincere, I nearly got here to a whole cease within the street. It’s STUNNING. The solar was low and made the ice sparkle and the water was so still- it was unimaginable.

I managed to get the drone up earlier than the tour, which was implausible. My suggestion is certainly to do the rib boats fairly than the massive yellow ducks- you’ll get a lot additional into the lagoon and nearer to the glacier. We even noticed a seal sunbathing on an iceberg. 🙂

Afterwards, I handled myself to presumably the world’s costliest crepe (£12.50 for ham and cheese!)- nevertheless it was scrumptious and warming after the chilly wind on the rib.

I headed again anti-clockwise, stopping at one other pretty campsite with views over the ocean and mountains- simply £12 for the evening. In truth, I preferred this one a lot that I made a decision to remain right here one other day to loosen up and have a day of not driving- essential if you’re doing lengthy journeys.

Day 4 of vanlife in Iceland

As we speak’s mission- discover a sea geysir and two waterfalls.

Though the day began in mist and low cloud, it cleared up shortly. The NE nook known as ‘Majorca’ by the Icelanders as a result of it’s typically sunny right here – that’s definitely been my expertise. The ocean geysir was a bust.

After strolling all the way down to the spot and ready for 20 minutes, I concluded the ocean was both too calm to make it go off, or it solely goes off very occasionally. Both approach, I moved on to discover a waterfall you can stroll behind.

This was very almost a bust too. It’s known as Gilsarfoss and there aren’t any indicators aside from a tiny handmade one… which I missed. The issue with lacking this signal is I discovered myself on a really slender gravel coastal street.

Turning the motorhome round was unimaginable for a number of miles- and even after I managed it, it was very dodgy (and the drop was steep as I reversed in the direction of it!) I nearly didn’t trouble to return.

However I’m so glad I made the hassle. This waterfall was great. A couple of 10-minute hike to a crystal clear pool, and you can stroll behind the falls. I want I’d purchased a picnic and my swim gear to benefit from the place longer- there wasn’t anybody else round the entire time I used to be there.

On my approach to the following cease, I handed one other superior spot. Proper on the primary street, it’s subsequent to a waterfall whose identify stays unknown, however was a beautiful view for lunch.

Finally made it to Hengifoss, certainly one of Iceland’s tallest waterfalls- and it didn’t disappoint. The hike will not be notably lengthy, however STEEP. You may select the left or proper aspect of the canyon- I went proper and was glad I did as a result of it had higher views.

Lastly, I drove one other 90 minutes to Borgarfjörður- an exquisite campsite proper on the East coast which is just £8pppn!

From right here, I’m heading anti-clockwise, so working my approach west alongside the northern a part of Iceland.

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