Hard to believe it's our last day and goodness, it was a doozy; it started as very cold and rainy and got even colder and snowy. It was kind of brutal to be in and even the locals agreed it was a tough day to be out and about. We had planned to go to the National Museum of Iceland but sadly, it was closed, so we went to the Whale Museum, which ended up to be pretty great. Then it was a 40-minute drive to the airport and off we went. All went smoothly UNTIL...a water bottle leaked in my primary carry-on bag. I didn't realize it until we were in our apartment in Gdansk, Poland. All was fine (wet) in the bag except my laptop, which ended up being completely dead. I am panicking a wee bit but reminding myself that I need to just deal and move forward one step at a time. And so I go to bed and will figure things out in the morning -- one step at a time, one day at a time.
Day 1-3 | Snafellsnes Peninsula
Afternoon arrival and then drove three hours to airbnb in Grundarfjorour. Explored the area of Grundarfjorour and stopped at random locations that interested us (beaches, waterfalls, churches, etc.). Visited the harbor town of Stykkisholmur (also one of the filming locations of Walter Mitty movie). We had booked four nights in Grundarfiorour but left a day early because the other locations we wanted to visit were a bit too far to commute back and forth. Shout out to 59 Bistro, who has fantastic pizza and fries. Note that the kitchen closes at 2030 (lots walked in late, trying to find somewhere to eat). The entire town is small and laid back. Things open late and close early. Get gas before too low; we stopped at one rural town that ran out of gas. Thank goodness we still had enough to make it to the next rural town.
Day 4 | Laugarvatn
Visited the Secret Lagoon (Gamla Laugin), Geysir and Gulfoss Waterfall. All were amazing.
Day 5 | Vik
Walked to the US Navy plane wreck. It's a 5-mile roundtrip walk and takes 40-45 minutes each way. Worth the trek, for sure.
Day 6 | Reykjavik
Super rainy and windy this day. Went to Black Sand Beach, which was comically windy and rather miserable because of pelting rain. Drove to Reykjavik, where it was a cold, rainy afternoon. Walked to dinner and then had a 9 PM reservation at the Blue Lagoon. Loved visiting both lagoons; two very different experiences. Be sure to make reservations for the Blue Lagoon; not necessary with the Secret Lagoon.
Day 7 | Reykavik and flight to Poland
The day started with rain and progressed to snow. We wanted to visit the National Museum of Iceland but it was closed, so we went to the Whale Museum (small but lovely).
If you have the option, I would recommend visiting Iceland in the summer. While it was magical while we were there, I can only dream about how even more magical Iceland is when blanketed in green. Also note that Iceland is expensive.
For our seven days in Iceland, we spent the following:
Car rental | $400
Gas | $180
Accommodations | $935
Food | $830
Total spent in Iceland (not including airfare): $2345
(We ate cereal every day for breakfast and split most meals when we went out. We also skipped a number of meals. Average price for a super-basic meal is $20 USD.)