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Iceland was unimaginable. That country is truly magical and it’s honestly so hard to capture its breathtaking views through photography. It’s something that one must experience themselves but I’m hoping that through my posts, I can show you a glimpse of what this country has to offer.
Below was our itinerary for Iceland in 5 days (more specifically, south of Iceland) and it will link to individual posts that I do throughout the week. Because we went in the summertime, the sun never went down. Daylight was 18-19 hours and “dusk” was only 4 hours. We were lucky that we didn’t have a race against the sun to see everything we wanted to see. Although we didn’t get a chance to see the Northern Lights (you can only see them when it’s completely dark out), I still would recommend going to Iceland in the summertime. We loved not being rushed and having no timetable. A trip to our ‘destination’ would take 2 hours longer because there was so much to photograph and see along the way, but again, it was awesome that there was nothing to race against. We were able to do so much because of the unlimited daylight hours!
Also, keep in mind – Iceland is not cheap. Like nothing is cheap in Iceland except maybe wool? A regular dinner that we thought would be pretty standard like $50-60 USD was freaking $104! We didn’t get by with any meal being less than $100. We were talking to locals about that and they said it’s because everything is imported so it makes sense. This is also why you’ll rarely ever see locals at a restaurant in Iceland. It’s much cheaper and economical for them to save their money and cook at home because it’s so expensive to go out to eat.
I also highly recommend renting a car, specifically an SUV 4×4 or AWD. That is really truly the only way to see the majesty of this beautiful country. I also recommend renting from a local car rental company as opposed to one of the more major ones. We used GO Car Rental and had a very good experience. They have newer cars in their fleet and the car they loaned us was brand new. No one else had driven in it before! Having newer cars in a fleet means less miles, less usage, less wear and tear on tires which ultimately = less breakdown possibility. Of course, anything can happen, but it was good peace of mind to know we had a newer car rental. Gas isn’t cheap though, so keep that in mind when budgeting. For our SUV, it was $33 USD for half a tank! But we had petrol not diesel so that might’ve affected it. I would also recommend getting sand and ash and gravel insurance. You just never know where you’ll be going and when cars in front of you may be kicking up rocks.
Day 1 – Arrival/Reykjavik
Day 2 – The Golden Circle drive
Day 4 – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Pro tip – How to stay connected in Iceland
One final thing: none of this trip was sponsored. We paid for everything out of our own pocket.