Traveling Iceland in a Camper

We had 10 wonderful days in Iceland, driving around in a small but cozy camper and find the island beautiful and impressive!
Although Iceland looked brown and bland from the plane, we saw many of the glaciers from above. From afar bleak, it looks much more colourful from close up.

We decided that 10 days are too short to go around the whole island (the ring road is about 1300 km long) and so we stayed in the south and west. The rest, we’ll see the next time.

The weather was great: we were prepared for rain (at least half the days) but had sun most of the tie. Very rarely it was cloudy and only once it has rained a bit. Great! On the other hand, the wind often blew quite strong, so we had to use most of our clothes we brought. Only long underpants and gloves were not used.

Our route in 10 days:

Snæfellsnes, Husafell and Hveragerði

We chose the peninsula Snæfellsnes in the west as the first destination, because it features a lot in a small area, quasi Iceland in the small: volcanoes, glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, great coasts, whales (well …), hot springs, and and…

Also, here is the Snæfellsjökull volcano, well known to readers of the book “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. After all, Professor Lidenbrock, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans climbed into the vulcano after deciphering the encrypted message of the Icelandic alchemist Arne Sacknussemm:

Descend into the crater of the Sneffels Yocul, which the Skartaris shadow cuddles before the first of July, daring wanderer, and you will reach the center of the earth. I’ve done that.

What a magical place …

After the tour around the peninsula, a whale watcher tour with only 2 orcas and a mink whale :(, a short stop in Húsafell, we visited a geothermal power plant on our way to Hveragerði. The Icelanders have almost unlimited and cheap electrical energy with their water and geothermal power plants. They can heat their aluminum plants so cheaply, heat up some of their sidewalks in the winter and do not have to save electricity, as can be seen in the primitive windows in the houses in Reykyavik.

In Hveragerði we made a great hike on which we were alone in the first part and could bath in the warm stream. On the way there we passed many spots where it had steamed, bubbled, sliced ​​and smelled of sulfur. As in Norway, during the hikes we always had to pass rivers and streams. Sometimes there was no way around taking off the shoes and wading through them. Babs hates it!