Day Five, The Rugged Coastline
As we head out of Höfn back onto the Ring Road. You can immediately tell that this is where most tourists have turned around and headed back along the south of Iceland.
The roads weren’t too busy prior to this; now our Icelandic Ring Road adventure was going to be even more cherished.
Today’s planned route should be a distance of around 158miles/255km. Which is once again predominately along the Ring Road, but with of course our regular viewpoint stops to soak up the landscape.
For our overnight accommodation in Egilsstaðir; we stayed at Hótel Valaskjálf, which had ample parking and included breakfast.
A different day in IcelandHonest, there were Reindeer
Where to stay in Egilsstaðir
In Egilsstaðir we chose to stay at the Hótel Valaskjálf.
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.
Exploring eastern IcelandHvalnes Lighthouse
Go for a 4×4 for the reasonable ground clearance it affords you. You can, of course, hire a 2-wheel drive vehicle, but you are not permitted to drive on ‘F’ roads and other tracks.
Our experience was that even access to certain Points of Interest along roads a regular 2-wheel drive wouldn’t get you there. Trust us.
Our advice for an Icelandic Road TripTake your time
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.
Our first waterfall of the daySveinsstekksfoss
We found the waterfall we were looking for Sveinsstekksfoss. However, it was a bit obscured from view, so there was only one thing for it, launch the drone…..
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Another drone flight over IcelandUp and away
As this area of Iceland was so quiet and very few people were around, we decided to fly the drone again.
It gives an incredible perspective of the scenery.
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.
Create your own Icelandic adventureA little detour
While here we found out that this village was also an outpost for French seaman fishing in Iceland during the late 19th and early 20th century.
Unfortunately, this was an unforgiving occupation, and a little French Cemetery is dedicated to the seaman who lost their lives.
Peaceful IcelandWhere is everyone?
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.
Your own road trip through IcelandTaking a mountain pass
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.
Discovering IcelandWhat a find
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.
Our Iceland Road TripThe route
Where we stayed in EgilsstaðirOur stopover
For the one night, we were based in Egilsstaðir; we stayed at Hótel Valaskjálf. It wasn’t quite as we’d hoped as we were informed on arrival that we couldn’t use their in-house restaurant, as they were catering for a conference. We were directed elsewhere in town, which wasn’t ideal as we had just had a long day driving.
Since our return, I have contacted the hotel and explained my displeasure and they said we should have reserved a table in advance. Is that acceptable? Still it was only one night.
Tomorrow we will be discovering more of eastern Iceland.
The journey will be a mere 105 miles/168 km but wether permitting there will be a couple of detours along the way.
Highlight of the Day
Trips to try in IcelandSomething from Get Your Guide?
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Whoa those mountain peaks are impressive! Haven’t seen a post about this part of Iceland before! I’d love to pin it but still having difficulty as it says your site doesn’t allow pinning. #CityTripping
The scenery in eastern Iceland is incredible, less people tour this part of Iceland, so, it makes it even more special coming across these views.
Thanks for letting us know about the Pinterest issue, it was resolved, but obviously temporarily, another ticket raised with Pinterest.
Pinterest have once again said they have solved the problem, so fingers crossed, you should now be able to pin our images.
We’ll keep an eye on it, but once again thanks for letting us know.
This is my favourite of your Iceland posts so far. It does look as though you were the only people there and that you were following the path less travelled. And that photo of the fishing village across the water is just fabulous. I feel very inspired now to visit the Iceland you’ve seen. Thanks so much for sharing on #FarawayFiles
Thanks very much for your kind compliments.
Sometimes when I look at the photos I can’t believe we were there, the landscape was truly breath-taking. We hadn’t originally planned to go to Seyðisfjörður (the fishing village), but I am so glad we did, it was picture postcard.
I sincerely hope that you plan to make a book out of all these amazing photos because they are STUNNING! I’ve truly loved reading about your Iceland adventures! #farawayfiles
Thanks for your comments Hilary, they are really appreciated.
I’ll let Gary know, that you loved his photos, I’ll get him to work on the book.
The landscape is absolutely stunning, love your pics! My sister travelled to Iceland two years ago and she had a fantastic time too. She and her friend had rented a car to explore the various places and at one point they had decided to quickly move on to the next destination before it gets dark instead of stopping every now and then for photos, lol! #FarawayFiles
Glad to hear that your sister also enjoyed Iceland, did she tour the Ring Road or keep to the south of Iceland? There is so much to see around the south it can keep you occupied for days.
Thanks for the kind words.
What is the grocery and gas situation like on the southeast side of Iceland? Your pictures are breathtakingly beautiful. thanks for sharing!
Hi, thanks very much for your kind comments.
Travelling along the south section of the Ring Road isn’t too bad as it is reasonably popular around Selfoss and Vik. There are groceries and fuel in Hofn too, in the far southeast.
Our next stop from Hofn was further east to Egilsstaðir, continuing on the Ring Road, and they also had fuel stations and grocery stores.
I hope this helps, just shout if you need anymore info, have a fantastic time.