Iceland is amazing. There is nothing like the scenery there + the chance to view the northern lights.
TRIP COST FOR 2
Flight: $325/pp (DTW <> JFK <> KEF)
Rental Car: $415
Misc: $1820 (FOOD IS SO EXPENSIVE!)
Per Person Total: $2700
Iceland Google Mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/qTEuWmHfDaDVfHbR8
DAY 1: BLUE LAGOON TO WEST ICELAND
Ytri Tunga - lookout with seals
*booked "bungalow with sea view" - essentially a tiny house - LOVED!
LEARNED LODGING OPTIONS:
I ended up booking all our stays through booking.com or airbnb. We met a couple renting a heated camper van, the only downside to this is going outdoors to go to the bathroom. There are a ton of campsites around the island, making for a less stressful itinerary. Most days we barely ate lunch, because I jammed so much into the day, with sunlight only being out from 9-5. There were very many hangry moments in our days. Some Camper Vans we saw: Camp Easy & Happy Camper - but keep it in mind as an option! If I ever go to the Iceland again, I'd choose the camper van route.
DAY 2: WEST ICELAND TO THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Since we took a crazy long nap yesterday during precious daylight yesterday, we explored a little more of the west today.
FROM THE WEST TO GOLDEN CIRCLE
Geysir Geothermal Area
Airbnb - Austurey Cottages - another great tiny house!
Other places to see in West Iceland that we didn't have time for:
DAY 3: SNORKEL THE SILFRA
Snorkel the Silfra
DAY 3 CONTINUED: SOUTH ICELAND
This place is deceiving. Looks nice from the outside, the lobby, the dining room, the bathrooms, until you get into your own room. Great dinner & breakfast, and will knock on your door (if you opt in) if they see the northern lights! But our bathroom was gag-worthy, and I don't have high standards. Beware.
Things we didn't get to because of time:
DAY 4: GLACIER HIKE / DIAMOND BEACH
There are more glaciers to see in this area, but we were glaciered-out after our trek
DAY 5: DRIVE 5 HOURS TO MYVATN
Icelandair Hotel Myvatn
^the nicest hotel we stayed in
Things we didn't see due to time:
Seydisfjordur - village with rainbow road
DAY 6: MYVATN - ARSKOGSSANDUR
So, we found out why it was so windy yesterday. We woke up to being a winter storm. One day = not winter, today = winter.
We couldn't see out our window. We didn't want to go outside, so we stayed in the hotel as long as possible.
When we went to check out around noon:
Mývatn Nature Baths
Bjórböðin - Beer Spa
^ absolute favorite place we stayed. We saw the northern lights in between storm clouds from our bed.
Things we didn't see due to the weather:
DAY 7: DRIVE 5 HOURS TO REYKJAVIK + EXPLORE THE CITY
Thankfully, no snow storms!
I tried to break up the drive with a few stops in between
^Nice! Lovely location in the city center.
*note 1 day of travel to get there & 1 day to get back were not apart of this - but plan for it! - 9 days total.