Day 2 – Reykjavik to Vik
This was our first day of real driving, and we had to go all the way to the city of Vik, with several stops along the way. Major tourist attractions stops were:
- Thingviller – Tectonic plates
- Geysir – Exploding water from the ground
- Seljalandsfoss , Skogafoss – Various Waterfalls
- Reynisdranger – Some cools rocks in the middle of the water
- Dyrhólaey – Black sand beaches
- Vik – The city we’re staying for the night
- Reykjavik -> Thingviller
- Leave Reykjavik northbound via Highway 1
- Exit onto Highway 36 Eastbound towards Thingviller
- ThingViller -> Geysir
- Leave ThingViller, continue eastbound on Highway 36
- Exit onto Highway 365
- Exit onto Highway 37 Eastbound
- Exit onto Highway 35 towards Geysir
- Geysir -> Seljalandsfoss
- Leave Geysir taking Highway 35 southbound
- Exit onto Highway 359 southbound
- Exit onto Highway 30 southbound
- Exit onto Highway 1 eastbound, towards Vik
- Seljalandsfoss -> Dyrhólaey
- Continue onto Highway 1 eastbound
- Exit 218 (if you hit Vik, you’ve gone too far)
- Dyrhólaey -> Vik
- Simply get back on ring road and follow the signs
We got up pretty early, got to the nearby bakery and stocked up on super awesome danish treats. I actually don’t know what the heck we bought but it was awesome.
Our first stop was Thingviller, which if you don’t know is just basically a giant crack in the earth and you’re allowed to walk through it. I know it sounds a little boring, but I was impressed with it overall.
Our second stop and my personal favourite of the day was the Geysers. I’m sure there is a more technical / scientific explanation to it, but it’s just holes in the ground with water and it erupts every 15 minutes. Unfortunately, the more bad ass bigger taller geysers weren’t really active during this time, so i only got a picture of the smallest one doing its thing (Strokkur)
On our drive to the waterfalls, we came by a small empty area with horses. This was my opportunity to take some pictures!
Now we have the Seljalandsfoss. This waterfall is worth talking about for 2 major points.
- The only waterfall I’ve encountered in Iceland where you can actually walk behind it (and take a cool picture).
- The story is (according to the lady at the store), this is the only place in Iceland where women bring their boyfriends propose. I won’t lie, the pictures behind the waterfall turned out pretty cool. (No, i didn’t get proposed to)
Our last stop of the day was Dyrhólaey, which is a black sand beach. Never seen anything like it, and i must say, it’s pretty freaking cool.
- Name: Hotel Katla Hofdabrekka
- Cost: 75 Euros
- Notes: It’s just east of Vik (maybe 5 minutes)
- Review: It’s a nice little cosy place. Bar stays open till 11pm and everyone was really friendly. Room is really small though. If you have a couple of bucks to spare, i’d say go to the Icelandair hotel instead. I think it’s around 100 euros, but it’s way nicer and actually in the city.
It’s maybe now about 9:00pm? We decide to go back into the city of Vik for dinner, naively thinking there are various restaurants open (like Toronto). Boy were we wrong, the city of Vik is really more like a town (of like 500 people or something), so we ended up at the nicest looking hotel (Icelandair Hotel), and just had dinner there.