Day 10: Another day of many many water crossings. Interesting drive through the interior to our campsite in the south at Seljalandsfoss, which is on the route into Porsmork nature reserve.
Covering lava deserts, fantastic views of Mýrdalsjökull glacier which covers an active volcano called Katla. The caldera of the volcano has a diameter of 10 km (6 mi) and the volcano erupts usually every 40–80 years. The last eruption took place in 1918.
Evening visit into Porsmork – Gigjokull where the flood water from Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010. Seljalandsfoss you can walk behind and the waterfall Gljúfrafoss we can walk into.
Day 9: Back into the interior – beautiful sunny day, stopping along the route to take in the view of Hekla a stratovolcano, with a height of 1,491 metres (4,892 ft). Hekla is one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. First stop for a break is Hjálparfoss is one of several waterfalls situated in the lava fields north of Hekla near the point where the rivers Fossá and Þjórsá join.
We head into Landmannalaugar stopping at 2 craters along the route Bláhylur Crater Lake and Ljótipollur crater lake (“Ugly Puddle”). Landmannalaugar is a beautiful area with colourful ryolite mountains. We choose not to stay at the campsite at Landmannalaugar as it is a little waterlogged – we generally try not to stay there as it is not a pleasant site to stay in. This is the 1st of August as we travel along we see clouds developing ahead, as we come over the rise we see that snow has fallen on half of the landscape, within a couple of miles we are driving in snow. A couple of miles later we arrive at our campsite for the night no snow to be found very strange.
Day 8: An easier day in and around the golden circle, visiting Þingvellir lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is at the northern end of Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland. Parliament or Alþingi was established at Þingvellir in 930 and remained there until 1798.
Kerid crater and an earth quake experience then spending an afternoon walk up to the hot river for a bathe, then an evening at the steak house. Restful day before back into the interior tomorrow.
Day 7: Starting the day with a trip up to the geothermal area Kerlingarfjöll (1,477 m (4,846 ft)) is a mountain range in Iceland situated in the Highlands of Iceland near the Kjölur highland road. The volcanic origin of these mountains is evidenced by the numerous hot springs and rivulets in the area. And indeed, they are part of a large volcano system of 100 km2 (39 sq mi). The volcanoes of the range are tuyas.
We then travel the 50 mile route through to Gullfoss golden falls here we meet lots of tourists within the golden circle. Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. The wide Hvítá rushes southward. About a kilometre above the falls it turns sharply to the right and flows down into a wide curved three-step “staircase” and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 m (105 ft) deep.
Then on to Geysir, Strokkur (Icelandic for “churn”) is a fountain geyser in the geothermal area erupting about every 4–8 minutes 15 – 20 m high, sometimes up to 40 m high.
Day 6 – Staying in the interior we travel across country crossing many rivers and down some interesting tracks to Hveravellir geothermal area which lies on the Kjölur plateau between the Langjökull and Hofsjökull glaciers. It is lies at an altitude of about 600–700 metres. After spending a late lunch we press on to Kerlingarfjöll (1,477 m (4,846 ft)) is a mountain range colourful rhyolite mountains and geothermal area.
Day 5: Relaxing morning looking around Akureyri and picking up supplies before we head off back into the interior. 3 days supply required. Leaving Akureyri just after lunch we head toward Laugafell where there is a geothermal pool for an evening dip looking over to Hofsjökull. The journey to Laugafell is through an amazing glaciated valley and takes the full afternoon.
Day 4 – Whale watching morning – followed by wonderful fish & chips. Then an afternoon of waterfalls whilst making our way to Akureyri, nicknamed the Capital of North Iceland, Akureyri is an important port and fishing centre, with a population of 17,754.
The waterfalls along Skjálfandafljót river – 2 of the main ones are Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Aldeyjarfoss waterfall at the northern part of the Sprengisandur highland road.
An evening and following morning are spent within Akureyri, supplies are collected for 3 days.
Day 3 – Less driving today, more about seeing the sights around Myvatn. The Myvatn means midge lake – we have been lucky and not had too much of a problem with our tours but I do recommend head nets, we have been here when it is absolutely awful – you just need a breeze. There are many many areas to visit in this area we cover many of them but there are still more.
Grjótagjá Game of Thrones fans may recognise it as the place where John Snow is deflowered by Ygritte. Grjótagjá is a gaping fissure with a 45°C water-filled cave. Dettifoss & Selfoss waterfalls. Leirhnjúkur & Krafla’s volcanic area. Hverir landscape of mud cauldrons, steaming vents, radiant mineral deposits and piping fumaroles. Evenings adventure to a line of craters.
Day 2: Heading away from the glacier Kverkfjoll towards Askja. There had been a huge landslide a few days before and it was just being reopened today. We stop for a break at the Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacial river then press on to Askja. There is still a large amount of snow when we arrive. The sun is shining we take our lunch and head across the snow to the little viti and Oskjavatn lake within the caldera. Öskjuvatn is a large lake that fills much of the smaller caldera resulting from the 1875 eruption. After spending sometime at Askja we head past Herðubreið in the midst of the Ódáðahraun desert and arrive at Myvatn where we camp. In the evening we visit the Myvatn version of the blue lagoon to relax in the beautiful blue geothermal water.
Tour 2: 2014 – Starting Day 1 – arriving on the ferry – quick supermarket stop for supplies – getting off tarmac as soon as possible – going through to the interior for the first nights camp and a trip to the glacier and ice caves in the evening. Along the way we stop at one of Iceland’s remotest villages, a glacial river and a beautiful waterfall. Staying in a remote campsite.