Day Eight, Circular trip from Akureyri
We were based in Akureyri, Iceland for two nights, so, having the extra night this gave us the opportunity to tour some of the northern peninsular and venture off of Iceland's A1 Ring Road for a while.
Back in the 4x4 we headed north out of Akureyri and picked up route 82, immediately the hustle bustle of a larger town has gone and we’re back on the quiet deserted Icelandic roads.
Iceland’s historical past has partially revolved around whale hunting, although nowadays the tracking of whales is mainly for tourism whale watching or scientific reasons. However, we came across a sculpture of a whale tail and had to stop.
(You can pick-up any part of our Iceland Road Trip at the bottom of this post, along with a map of our route and the 'Highlight of the Day' for each of us.)
Northern Icelandand its fishing communities
Where to stay in Akureyri
In Akureyri we chose to stay at the Hotel Kea.
We had a few essential requirements from each of our overnight stays in Iceland, which were:
Breakfast included or available nearby.
Scooby snacks along the way can be expensive.
Parking is a requirement, as this is a road trip after all.
Nearby cafés/eateries, or onsite restaurant for the evening.
Preferably a close-by fuel station; they can be few and far between en route.
Driving in Icelandand then came the tunnels
Well, when I say ‘interesting’ Gary & I weren’t quite prepared that partially through the narrow dark tunnel, priority was for oncoming traffic and we had to pull over into a layby that was bored out in the side of the tunnels rock face.
There’s a first time for everything!
Useful tips for driving in Iceland
If you are planning a road trip around Iceland particularly over the winter months you need to be very aware of the ever-changing road and weather conditions. During winter, parts of the Ring Road may be impassable, and you may not get to areas of the country you intended to.
Regularly check the conditions by using these useful websites and apps, believe me, they will come in handy.
- Icelandic Met Office
- The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration – Vegagerdin also has an app.
Discovering Northern Iceland TownsSiglufjörður
Exploring IcelandAs far as the eye can see
Finding the right car for your Icelandic Road Trip
Discover Iceland’s enchanting Ring Road with its rugged landscape or the waterfalls and geysers around the Golden Circle for yourself.
If you want to explore Iceland's F-Roads, you must have a 4x4, but we'd recommend one anyway for the improved driving position, and if the weather turns, you have a touch of added protection.
We recommend Rental Cars as they search multiple well-known car hire brands and discovers the deals that suit you the best.
The best of North IcelandI’ll say it again
If you're tempted to tour the Land of Fire and Ice and would love to discover the whole country, then take a look at this DK Eyewitness book. This Top 10 Pocket Travel Guide is invaluable, I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into searching for more.
You can now grab the revised copy.
A must try in IcelandIce cream
Planning your trip to Iceland
So you're planning a trip to the Land of Fire and Ice? There is so much to see and do in Iceland that you'll wish you were staying longer. To ensure you make the most out of your visit, head over to the official website of Visit Iceland for a little help and guidance.
A look around AkureyriTake a stroll
In search of the Northern Lights
If you are Northern Light hunting, you need to be aware of the sunset & darkness times and the KP Index for the evening. It also requires dark and partly clear skies.
KP Index scale ranges from 0 to 9;
4-6: A big solar storm is coming
7-9: Highly unusual
You can monitor this via the Icelandic Met Office which is updated around 6 pm.
Our Iceland Road TripThe route
Highlight of the Day
Trips to try in IcelandSomething from Get Your Guide?
Where we stayed in AkureyriOur stopover
For the two nights, we were based in Akureyri; we stayed at Hotel Kea, in the centre of town. The hotel was comfortable and had a broad range of facilities.
The only issue was that it had limited parking on site and certain in town areas of Akureyri require a parking disc. The hotel gave us a disc; however, it works on time restrictions.
Tomorrow we are heading to Laugarbakki, a total distance of 120 miles/200km; however, we will not be taking the most direct route.
We have a number of points of interest before we reach Laugarbakki. Why not check out the next part of our Icelandic road trip?
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