6 months ago I visited Iceland for the first time and stayed in the South, where there was heavier snow fall than usual. With only 4 hours daylight, the night sky was filled with Aurora and the short days cast in pinks and purples from the stunning polar night sunrises & sunsets. I fell in love with the country and knew I would have to visit again, with more time to explore as much as possible. This summer, I was lucky enough to come back with the aim of driving around the whole country and experiencing the midnight sun.
Planning Our Roadtrip
Before going I planned the trip on a Google map. With so many things to see and so much ground to cover, good planning was vital. The fact the sun didn’t set meant we had long days to make the most of.
We flew with Wow Air and landed in Iceland to windy weather. The flight is only 3 and a half hours from Gatwick, but after being on a cramped plane for a while I was looking forward to a dip in the Blue Lagoon.
It was as good as I remember it. For the novelty of it I ordered a slush puppy -I’m 27 going on 7- and it felt amazing to be in 35° water drinking something so cold. As it was during Summer the lagoon stayed open until later. We made the most of it and stayed for hours, running over the plans for our roadtrip.
During our trip we stayed in a different hotel each night. Our roadtrip began in Grindavik, the small fishing village in the South where the Blue Lagoon is located. I found a guesthouse on Airbnb which was the perfect place to crash for the night.
We grabbed dinner in a service station. Where I couldn’t resist stopping for an ice cream. Icelanders eat ice cream in all weather and ice cream can be found for sale in most places. They have the best toppings, I had Oreo pieces. Yum!