Ekki múkk - Sigur Rós
Our plane touched down in at the Keflavík Airport just past 4:15 AM Iceland time. It was early January, and the sun had not yet risen, making for a cold, dark welcome into the country. We hopped off our plane and a small car with new snow tires was waiting for us. We were ready to venture out to Ring Road.
Journey to Egilsstaðir
Color Decay - Júníus Meyvant
We set off on the eight-hour journey to Egilsstaðir the first day. The morning sped by quickly and the first break of dawn appeared around 11 AM. We approached Skógafoss, a large waterfall a few hours east of Reykjavík where we parked to spend the sunrise exploring the landscape. We got back on the road, stopping in Vík to check out the black sand beaches and grab some sandwiches. Our only plan was to get to Egilsstaðir by the end of the day, so we had the freedom to stop wherever looked interesting. We took advantage of the light hours of the day to make numerous stops, checking out icebergs and fjords on the southern and eastern coasts. We rented a room in Egilsstaðir, and once we finally arrived, we quickly gave in to our sleepiness.
Mývatn & Akureyri
Stay Alive - José González
The next day we drove to Akureyri, the second biggest town in Iceland, where we met up with a local friend Guðrun. In between Akureyri and Egilsstaðir is Mývatn, one of my favorite spots. We stopped at a small natural hot spring cave called Grjótagjá, where we drove to the mouth of the cave and climbed into its 109 °F water. The next day we traveled to my favorite waterfall, Goðafoss and then hiked a volcanic crater, Hverfell, at sunset. The sky was full of pink and blue hues, which reflected over the snowy landscape. I found that Iceland is filled with incredible, out-of-this-world views.
Leyndarmál - Ásgeir
After a few days in Akureyri, we drove back to Reykjavík. With its cute downtown, it’s hard not to fall in love with the capital city. I enjoyed Iceland so much that I volunteered to get bumped from my overbooked flight the morning I was set to leave, which allowed me to stay an extra day and get a free plane ticket in return! I met some other stranded passengers, as well as a few Icelandic locals who adopted us for the night and showed us around. It was an unexpected, but perfect end to a great trip.