Iceland · Travel

2 Weeks in Iceland: A Comprehensive Itinerary

It’s been four years since our first 2 weeks in Iceland road trip and we have another one coming up in October. I figured it was about time that I stopped procrastinating and started writing a blog post about our past itinerary while plotting the next one.

Ours is not a perfect itinerary and we did have to backtrack a couple of times, but it’s completely doable if you go between May and August. It allowed us to see a lot of Iceland. I wouldn’t recommend this itinerary for a winter trip because of the limited hours of daylight, potentially poor road condition, and tendency for sketchy weather.

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Reykjavík in October: A Lovely Autumn Day

We took advantage of Icelandair’s free Iceland stopover programme and had a lovely two-night stay in Reykjavik in October on our way back to Canada from our two-week road trip around Scotland. We arrived on the same day Hurricane Nicole arrived in Iceland! It made for an interesting flight with two aborted landings before we finally touched down safely on the tarmac of the Keflavik airport.

After we got all our luggage back, which took forever due to the bad weather, we hopped on a shuttle bus for the 45 minute drive to the heart of Reykjavik. There are two companies that run shuttle busses from the airport to Reykjavik and vice versa, but we’ve always gone with Grayline because they charged slightly less than the other company. We’ve been quite pleased with their service so far.
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Iceland in April: It Might Surprise You

We’re going to Iceland in April! This will be our second trip to Iceland. The trip-planning has been so much easier than the first time around for sure. I remember feeling quite overwhelmed when I was planning our first trip in 2013. So much to see, so little time! You can’t see everything Iceland has to offer in just two weeks, unfortunately. Though not being able to afford to rent a 4×4 vehicle did help simplify our plans a little bit.

Having been to Iceland before, we already know what to expect and what we want to see, where to go, how to get there and so on. Well, at least we kind of know what to expect. We’ve never been to Iceland in April before and googling “Iceland in April” didn’t really bring any results that could satisfy my curiosity or that basically said “go to Iceland in April, it’s the best time ever!” which is what I’d really like to hear. ;-)
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Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Magical North Iceland

We did a tour of Game of Thrones filming locations in North Iceland by accident. We didn’t realise that the places we were visiting were some of the spots where they filmed the episodes located Beyond the Wall in the Season 3 of Game of Thrones. Only found out about it once we were back from Iceland.

There are a few tour companies that offer the Game of Thrones guided tour in North Iceland for a fee, but if you wish to do a self-drive/self-guided tour, all you have to do is pick up a copy of the Lake Myvatn attractions brochure from the visitor centre or the front desk of your hotel and visit the major attractions listed there. You’ll find yourself in most of the Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall filming locations!
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8 Absolutely Good Reasons to Visit Iceland in May

If you’re thinking of doing a road trip around Iceland in May, keep reading! We had done exactly that for two weeks and it was amazing. We can confirm that the month of May is a very good time to visit Iceland. The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and I just love to see signs of nature arising from its deep, winter slumber everywhere I go.

We didn’t really know what to expect from Iceland and only had a vague idea of what Iceland in May was going to be like before our trip. Iceland wasn’t as popular a destination in 2013 as it is now. There weren’t really that many resources online the we could use to plan our trip. We just booked our flights, picked an itinerary we found online that made the most sense to us, booked our accommodations based on the itinerary, rented a car, threw caution to the wind, and went for it. I wrote this article based on our findings from the trip. I hope you’ll find it helpful in your own trip-planning. Continue reading “8 Absolutely Good Reasons to Visit Iceland in May”

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Iceland Attractions: Highlights and Recommendations, Part 1

After months of procrastination, I thought it was about time that I wrote something about my favourite Iceland attractions I came across on our first road trip around Iceland.

I had been putting off writing it down, partly because I didn’t think my words could do justice to the experience, and partly because I hated to admit that it was all over. I think my husband is tired of hearing me lament about how badly I want to go back to Iceland like I’ve been doing since the day we were back in Canada.

I don’t think I’ll be able to write every single detail of the trip, but I can surely recommend a few things to those thinking of visiting Iceland for the first time in the future or researching for a trip there. I had a lot of fun reading a lot of blog posts about Iceland while researching for our trip and I’m writing this hoping that someone out there will have as much fun reading my post. I’m going to write down my recommendations/favourite Iceland attractions in a few installments.
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The Scottish Borders: Ruined Abbeys and Fascinating History

We spent the last four nights of our Scotland trip in autumn last year in the Scottish Borders. Staying in a rustic cottage near the town of Selkirk, we were not only close to the main attractions, the Scottish Borders abbeys, but also to England. We had spent most of our trip driving around the north coast of Scotland. The Scottish Borders were definitely a nice change of sceneries and pace.

There were so many Scottish Borders attractions that I wanted to see. Unfortunately some of them were already closed for the season in mid-October. I really should have done a better job researching the Scottish Borders attractions before our visit. We seem to have missed a lot of amazing sights! Admittedly, we only had one full day to explore the region and most if not all attractions had shorter opening hours in October (if open at all). We did thoroughly enjoy the few that we managed to visit.
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How to Plan A Dream Iceland Road Trip on A Budget

So you want to know how to plan an Iceland road trip on a budget. Well, you’re in luck! Having done it before, I have a few practical tips to share that you might find helpful in your trip-planning. They’re all based on common sense, really, so I wouldn’t claim them to be mind-blowing. :-)

Airfares, accommodations, car rental, gas, and food are usually the costliest parts of a road trip. If you spend less money on those sectors, you could potentially stretch your budget a little further. It would in turn allow you to stay in Iceland longer so you could see more of this amazing country. Trust me, you want to stay longer!

We spent two weeks on our first road trip around Iceland and we still wished we could’ve stayed longer.
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Iceland in Late October: The Grand Plan

We spent two nights in Reykjavik, Iceland in late October last year on our way back from Scotland. All the time I was there, I was wishing I had been somewhere outside the city, surrounded by the out-of-this-world natural landscape that Iceland is famous for. Nothing against Reykjavik, mind you. It’s actually one of my favourite cities in the world, if not THE most favourite. I just like nature more. I tried to talk the husband into renting a car for a day but he was set on spending the whole stopover in Reykjavik. Oh well. Can’t say I didn’t try.

We have done a road trip around Iceland before in May 2013. It was the best trip ever, and the best two weeks I’ve ever spent travelling. We’d been dreaming of doing another Iceland road trip ever since we got back from that trip. Unfortunately, in the years that followed, the Canadian dollar only got considerably weaker and the Icelandic krona stronger. We’d had accepted the fact that we would have to save up for a little bit longer to be able to afford another trip around Iceland.
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Scotland in Autumn: The Grand Road Trip Plan

We had to cancel our April trip to France and Iceland due to a cancer scare, but now we have decided to visit Scotland in autumn instead! I figured we should go somewhere else later in the year to celebrate the non-cancer diagnosis and the husband’s milestone birthday.

Our destination shortlist included Iceland (again!), Wales, the Azores, and Scotland. A trip to Iceland ended up being too expensive for our liking. Wales was too fussy. The Azores seemed lovely and was the cheapest destination of all, but in the end, I decided to save it for another time.

After doing tonnes of research, I found out that Scotland is actually less expensive than Iceland–at least in terms of accommodations and car rentals–and is just as stunning. Plus, the husband loves Scotland. He went there 13 years ago and still couldn’t stop talking about it. Scotland it is then!

The following is how we planned our trip.
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