Day two, we’re starting from Selfoss
A full day ahead of us on our Icelandic road trip adventure, and we’re on the road by 8:30 after a quick stop in the local bakers to grab some lunch for later.
As mentioned in our Day One post, we visited Iceland back in 2007, and from Reykjavik, we jumped in our hire car and toured the Golden Circle for a day.
I understand that perhaps if you have done it once, you think why do it again, surely a Geysir and a waterfall can’t change that much. However, we were on the cusp of Winter, and it is incredible how the landscape evolves with the changing seasons.
(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.)
Discovering the Golden CircleKerið volcanic crater
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.
Iceland's WaterfallsFaxi; the first of many
It’s your adventure, include whatever takes your fancy. Stop as often as you like, but obviously use a layby or a car park. Don’t just stop on the side of the road, be considerate and be aware of your surroundings.
The roads around the Golden Circle are easy to drive, so, a 2-wheel drive vehicle is suitable for most conditions, unless in the depths of winter and a 4X4 would be more appropriate.
Not to miss in IcelandHaukadalur – Home of the Geysers
“Geysir” itself hasn’t erupted for a long while, and everyone’s anticipation is focused on Strokkur, which continually erupts every 5 to 10 minutes.
It’s an incredible sight to watch and only gives milliseconds warning of when it is going to erupt. So, you need to be poised with your camera.
Where to stay in Selfoss
In Selfoss we chose to stay at the Bella apartments & rooms.
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.
More of the Iceland's Golden CircleOff to Gullfoss
Hopping back in the car and continuing our Iceland road trip, we head a further 10km north still on route 35 and we arrive at Gullfoss, Iceland's famous waterfall.
Gullfoss is truly breath-taking and an incredible site to see, once again like many of Iceland's natural wonders it is free of charge to visit.
The historic heart of IcelandÞingvellir National Park
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.
Your own Icelandic adventureOur own detour
Exploring IcelandThere’s more
Not content with Gullfoss, and Faxi waterfalls we are on the hunt for two others.
However, before that, we found one called Hjálparfoss, nestled within lava fields along road 32, which wasn’t on our list.
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.
Cultural IcelandThe day is not over yet
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 more of IcelandOne last stop
Free in Iceland
Gullfoss Waterfall is free of charge to visit, along with the Geysers and the other waterfalls we stopped at.
Kerið volcanic crater has an entrance fee of ISK 400 (as of January 2023), and Þingvellir National Park is free, although there is a charge for parking.
Our Iceland Road TripThe route
The end of today's Icelandic adventureMmm dinner time
As we have a second night in Selfoss, we headed back into town and decided on a less subdued dinner this evening in Kaffi Krús.
Kaffi Krús had a bustling atmosphere, and although it was a café/restaurant, it specialised in burgers, pizzas and cakes. Gary and I both decided on a burger and tasty they were too.
Where we stayed in SelfossOur stopover
Tomorrow's journey takes us to Vik, with more waterfalls en route, through what promises to be the stunning landscape of southern Iceland. The weather's not forecast to be great, but there's little we can do about that.
The journey is a modest 80 miles/130km on Iceland's route one, so it won't be too strenuous.
Highlight of the Day
Trips to try in IcelandSomething from Get Your Guide?
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