Video: An Iceland Road Trip from Reykjavík to Vík : Kerið Crator, Gullfoss, Seljandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls, Geysir + Strokkur, Solheimajokull Glacier and more!

Hello! How are ya? Today I wanted to pop on because I have so much to share from our recent Iceland trip, I just had to get another video together for you. I know so many people have their eyes on Iceland for possible upcoming trips, so I want to share as much as I can about our incredible visit to this beautiful country.

After sharing our Day 1 in Iceland – which features our visit to The Blue Lagoon, Brimketill Lava Rock Pools, Gunnuhuver Geothermal area, Reykjanes Peninsula Edge + The Bridge Between Two Continents {yes, we did that all in one day} we spent a few days enjoying the main city + capital of Iceland, Reykjavik.

We had our sights set on the Golden Circle – there is so much to see and do along this famous route and we knew we wanted to make our way towards the other side of the country as well. We followed a similar itinerary from a family member who had been recently and couldn’t have been more pleased with how our road trip turned out!

We woke up before the sun in Reykjavik and had our sights set on Vik. This is normally a 2.5 hour drive or so – but we managed to turn it into a 11+ hour day with 10 stops along the way. I only documented 7 of them in the video, so you get a few extra in this blog post, if you are planning a similar trip!

Heres a look at the video of our Road Trip Day. Check it out and let me know what you think:

As you can see from the video, we saw A TON and really took our time making our way to Vik. In this post, I wanted to give a little more color of all the things we got to see!

Our first stop – Ingólfsfjall – happened sort of by accident. It’s a bit of a pit stop on the side of the road, but after driving our of Reykjavik we were coming out of a ton of fog and rain. Once everything lifted we pulled over and got to see the start of the sunrise. It was a really nice little surprise and a beautiful way to start the day.

We were chasing the sunrise as we approached stop #2 – Kerið Crator. This was not far from our first stop but a beautiful little gem to enjoy along the way. The water was SO blue and it was incredible to see as the sun was coming up over the horizon.

It was really interesting to see the caldera, which is composed of a red (rather than black) volcanic rock. It is also one of the most recognizable volcanic craters in the area at approximately 3,000 years old.

Onto Stop #3 – a visit to Geysir + Strokkur geyser!

Geysir is the one all the other geysers are named after. It’s highest eruption was 400 ft – and is the second highest erupting geyser in history. 
Strokkur geyser {the one erupting in my pictures} is the most active geyser in Iceland and erupts naturally every 4-10 minutes, it can erupt up to 40 ft! The hot spring area here was super active – so much fun to see!

Check out this video on my IG account to see Strokkur in action! She was a beauty to see and it was so cool to see her go off so consistantly- I didn’t want to leave!

Stop #4 and Waterfall #1 of the day – Gullfoss – it’s one of the top 10 waterfalls in the world and one of the 3 main landmarks of the Golden Circle. This waterfall was a beast – so powerful! And the two cascading points made it even more fun to enjoy the spray.

This area of the waterfall was MASSIVE. It covered so much ground and we got to see the waterfalls from so many angles – including pretty up close and personal. Definitely a must see along the Golden Circle!

Stop #5 – Lunch at Fridheimar Greenhouse! This was such an incredible experience – lunch in a greenhouse was one of the coolest things ever! Here they grow four kinds of tomatoes and cucumbers – they are one of the largest supplier of tomatoes in Iceland.

The meal was out of this world – my favorite, the tomato soup was to die for – complete with cut your own basil, sour cream and the worlds most insane bread. We had a fantastic lunch. I know I’ll be dreaming about this one for a while.

Definitely worth the trip if you are in the area, but you have to make reservations if you want to eat here, so be sure to plan ahead. And if you go, bring me back some of that tomato soup, because it was complete heaven.

Another quick one – Stop #6 –  The Secret Lagoon!

There’s absolutely no comparing the Blue + Secret Lagoons, they are so completely different and both so wonderful. Much smaller, but secluded and in the middle of nowhere, the Secret Lagoon is a serious gem.  

If you can spare an hour or so on your travels, this is most definitely worth it!

Stop #7 – Waterfalls #2+ #3 of the day – Seljandsfoss + Gljúfrabúi waterfalls. Two waterfalls in one glorious stop, and this stop one we got a little wet.

We got to get up close and personal with Seljandsfoss going behind it, which was neat. This waterfall is breathtaking from the road, being able to get so close to it was really wild!

We had to wade through a bit of water and cross a creek behind massive boulders to get to Gljúfrabúi – it was secluded and a sight to see. If you are planning to see these falls, be sure to pack waterproof shoes and your rain jacket, because you are going to need it – but definitely stop here and enjoy!

Stop #8 – Waterfall #4 for the day – Skogafoss. We hiked to the top for incredible views and then got to enjoy the falls + the spray, along with a great rainbow, from the bottom. This is one of Iceland’s most elegant waterfalls – with a 25 m cascade and 60 m drop – a true beauty in a fantastic setting. 

Not going to lie, the hike up the stairs to the top is steep + no joke, but that might have been my 3 month pregnant self being extra sensitive – and frankly tired at this point in the day. But definitely worth being able to see the beautiful falls from the two different vantage points and the views from the top are incredible.

A Rainbow at the bottom was a bonus little treat we got to enjoy!

Stop #9 – our last {outdoor} stop on our road trip day from Reykjavík to Vík. A 2.5 hour trip that we turned into an 11 hour day with tons of stops, incredible sights and lots of fun. We were pretty done by this point in the day but wanted to get our first look at one of the glaciers in the area. Solheimajokull Glacier was big, beautiful and not much of a hike for us to get a little peek of it, at the end of a long day.

We didn’t plan on stopping here, but it was nice to do at the end of our trip into Vik.

Stop #10 – Smiðjan Brugghús – After that long day we were hungry and tired and the hubs had researched a local craft brew pub that was right around the corner from the hotel we were staying at. It was a really cool little spot, worth checking out for sure if you are in Vik!

So there you have it – our first leg of travel on the Golden Circle from Reykjavik to Vik. It was a busy day, but I’m so glad we didn’t everything we did because it was all so incredible to see!

Thanks for following along on this looooong post, but I’d love to know what you think of our trip so far! And if you’ve been or are planning to go to Iceland – I’d love to know your favorite spots or what’s on your list!

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  • Reply Patty November 20, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Absolutely loved the video, pics and explanations – when we go to Iceland, we are definitely following your trip!

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