Seljalandfoss – Behind the waterfall
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Attraction value: be lucky and freeze at night waiting for it. (It’s worth it)
You can check the aurora forecast on this site Icelandic Met Office. Here is a brief explanation:
- The white areas of the maps are the clear sky areas. It means that it is a good place to see the aurora. The hard green means High clouds so it will be hard to see it.
- On the bottom, you have the forecast for the actual day and the next two days and hours.You can choose a different day or hour. The map changes according to your selections.
- The aurora forecast is found on the right corner of the page. It has a rating of between 0 and 9.
- Try not to stay in big cities/towns. The building lights will reflect the sky and fade the northern lights. We saw it in Borgarhöfn (accommodation: Lækjarhus Farm Holidays) and Myvatn Lake (accommodation: Vogafjós Guesthouse). Both accommodations were good for seeing the northern lights.
Main tips for taking aurora pictures:
- Attraction value: face the cold of the glacier (free)
- Parking: Free
At some point of the trip, we saw something blue on the horizon. It was very hard to identify what was the blue point between the dark rocks and mountains. It was not the sea or the sky. It was a GLACIER!
Do you remember the breaking news or were you affected by the volcano eruption in 2010? It suspended the air traffic in 20 European countries and affected 10 million passengers. If you are not one of those 10 million, like me, you might be thinking that this eruption was intense. But it was not the first time that an eruption of the Icelandic Volcanos Europe: Continue reading “Iceland – Earth is alive – Eyjafjallajökull and Laki Volcano”
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- Attraction value: Investing in some waterproof clothes to get there (free)
- Parking: free
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- Attraction value: 22.79 euros // 2.800 ISK
- Parking Free
Blue Lagoon is far the most famous hot spring in Iceland but the country has many other places to enjoy the geothermal waters. And I need, to be honest, here I think I liked the Secret Lagoon better.
The Secret Lagoon waters are much hotter than the Blue Lagoon ones and it was very relaxing there. The Secret Lagoon water is clear while the Blue Lagoon one is white and has silica in it. I did not wet my hair there but I don’t think that it would be damaged anyway – I was traumatized after the Blue Lagoon experience.
The only negative point to the Secret lagoon is that it has some big stones under the water which you can’t see during the night. I banged my knee several times. On the other hand, they can be used as seats 😉
Be aware – Two of our group were not feeling well after the Secret Lagoon experience. The water is very hot and the blood pressure can go down dramatically.
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- Attraction value: Face the rotten egg smell (free)
- Parking: Free
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I don’t know about you but I do not sign anything without reading it carefully and understanding its content. Anyway, while reading the car insurance policy I noticed that the F roads were mentioned several times. We booked a 4X4 car and bought the best insurance available. However, the contract was very specific to mention that the insurance does not cover the F roads. So, the question is, where are the F roads?
Pretty much everything in the center of the country. Click here to open it on Google Maps
P.S.: I might have missed some F roads on the maps so just be aware that it is not any official map or so… Check the road name before turning into a new road and you will be fine. NOTICE that some F roads start as a normal road.
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Day 1 – Grindavík
Not much happened on the first day there. We rented the car and drove as far as Grindavík. We decided to stay in this town because it is close to the Blue Lagoon. However, if we traveled to Iceland again, we would do it differently. Instead of staying at Grindavík we would stay at the Sandgerdi Cottages. The place is fab – you get an individual cottage, with kitchen, 2 bedrooms and an outdoor jacuzzi ❤ for only €90. Alternatively, we could stay in Reykjavík where you can experience a great diversity of restaurants, nightlife, and other touristic attractions.
Day 2 – The Blue Lagoon
Attraction value: It depends on the package. We paid €55 for the Comfort package and we were happy with all the items included