We went to Iceland again! We were there in 2000 and decided to go back this year. Sherry was on a bike trip in France and booked on Iceland Air to come home. Since Iceland Air lets you layover in Iceland for as long as you want, Mike hopped on a plane to join up.
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Day 1 - Mike arrived at 6am and Sherry was not due until midnight. Lots of driving back and forth to the airport and the Airbnb. We stayed a little north east of Reykjavik where the red marker is shown. A little suburban enclave of tranquility and infinite hot water.
Day 2 took us on the "Golden Circle". The traditional stars of the circle are: Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir which we saw. However, our favorite spot was probably Fludir because of the mushroom farm and the "Secret Lagoon" hot spring.
Day 3 - we drove down towards Vic and the black sand beaches that are there. We took our sweet time, and arrived not too much before dark.
We stayed in some modern-ish shotgun prefab suites near the beach.
Day 4 we did not drive very far, and just stayed in the black sand beach area. We woke up early to get down to the beach before the tourist buses arrived.
Day 5 - we woke up early today, too, to get to the closed off beach before anyone else arrived. We hopped the fence and went down by the ocean to experience the surf right near the cliffs. Here is our early morning route.
After our beach hopping, we drove out to Hofn.
Day 6 was a driving day. From Hofn all the way back to Keflavik
Day 7 we were housebound by heavy winds and lots of rain. The flight was scheduled to leave around 2pm and the airport was a short drive away. We had a really nice Airbnb so we just lounged around, read books and drank waaay too much coffee.