Island og øyhopping 2013

Number of days: 4
Total driven distance: ~1000km
Total flights: 4
Mommy can I do it again?-factor: YES
May 2013

Iceland has become our “thing”. As Iceland was our first trip together, we will always remember it with the super-intense “we’ve just fallen in love with eachother”-feelings we had during those days. Every couple has their place, Iceland is “that place” for us! ❤

The last time we visited the saga island, we did the most touristy things – so this time we decided to do our own twist of the journey.

We flew Scandinavian Airlines both ways. They land around noon at Keflavik airport, which is a perfect time to land there as the whole airport is very quiet and calm at this time. Zero lines at neither the baggage belt, the customs, nor the car rental areas. We rented a Toyota Landcruiser from AVIS – it had only been driven a mere 200kilometers when we got it!! It still smelled "new car" and was super clean and fresh. Loved it.

We quickly made our way into Reykjavik town, where we lived at Radisson BLU 1919 Hotel Reykjavik. It is situated perfectly in the city centre with a large parking lot next to it. The hotel room was the same good standard as last time we lived there. So we grabbed some quick food, changed our clothes and drove out for some offroad driving action! 🙂 Kleifarvatn lies a mere 20 minutes outside of Reykjavik and is surrounded by a gravel road with plenty of offroad possibilities. After driving a bit around and playing with the car, we drove to a place called Seltún – something which closely resembles the geysir area, only without the actual eruptions. Highly reccomended 🙂

It was raining, blowing and freezing, so the whole area seemed kind of magical as the water fuzzed and boiled. Felt like we were walking inside a cooking pan! After some time spent at Seltún we drove over to Grindavík and ran into the sweet sweet Blue Lagoon. After 2 hours soaking and warming our bodies we drove back to Reykjavik and ate at the Fish Company.

Day two the Landcruiser got some asphalt experience – as we drove southwards along ring 1 to Vík. On the way we visited Eyjafjallajökull-centre, Skógarfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Dyrhólaey, Reynisdrangar og the beach at Vík 🙂 When we turned around we drove an semi-offroad road to Sólheimajökull, a glacier. We hiked in to the glacier, before going back to the car and driving to Reykjavik. On the way back we took a detour via Bláfjellavegur, which is a gravel road.

Well back in Reykjaviktown we had drove 400 kilometers, so we took a good old Jack Daniels burger at TGIF.

Woke up super early next morning, the GPS got its heading – right north on ring road 1. Akureyri was our target, and the road was just amazingly beautiful to drive. It took 4 hours to drive, and when we arrived in Akureyri we were greeted with hearts in the traffic lights! Such a treat.

So whats with this crazyness? Well. We were going to fly to the island of Grímsey with Nordlandair.

It was just absurd flying this tiny little propeller airplane straight into the ocean. It made so much noise and felt like flying a private Cessna 172….

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Ved første øyekast minner det jo mye om Finnmark…. *humre*

Grímsey is a tiny volcanic island north of Iceland the island itself. There are about 80 inhabitants. People live on the island due to fishing, well known for us Norwegians. There are special conditions on the island, whom only recently got mobile phone coverage and internet coverage. Everyone has emergency aggregates in their back yards, ever house has a name (no number or street adress) and the only animals on the island is birds. LOTS OF BIRDS. A paradise for bird watchers. There are puffins and northern fulmars. The island is 4,5 km long and 1,5 wide, in other words TINY. The runway is 1,2 km long, in other words it goes along the length – not the width, of the island! On Grímsey we were toured by a local couple who had a car and drove us around the whole island. Like really, we got to see every creek and nook of the island – inside the church and even inside the fish factory!! And the views…. When we stood on the southern point of the island (by the light house) and looked at the cliffs. The air was so clear, crisp, so magical. Grímsey was just something special!!!


Back at the airport we got our pictures taken at the polar circle marking, and got diplomas signed by the captain of our flight!!!

The flight back was such incredible fun. We flew low level (i.e very low) all the way back, passing through fjords and flying past islands!


Low level inn i Eyjafjördur!

Back in Akureyri we drove all the way back to Reykjavik…. CRAZY PEOPLE! 800kilomters of perfect icelandic roads. They are soooo nice to drive! The closer we got to Reykjavik the crazier the weather became. By the time we reached Reykjavik it was blowing hurricane winds.

The horrible weather continued until the next day, aka the day of departure. And even though I’d been sitting and humping my way between fjords and mountains in a tiny Twin Otter – the thought of leaving in a Boeing 737 jet seemed absolutely horrendous to me. Little did I know that the takeoff was completely smooth and fine. My brain should stop being an idiot some times…. LOL 😉 We flew business class home, which yielded super yummy food!