Day Four, Iceland’s Ring RoadI’m running out of superlatives!
Our ‘to do’ list is long for today section of our Icelandic road trip, so, in the chariot and saddled up by 8:30. We head back into to Vik to catch the view across the bay and the Vik i Myrdal Church, that was a blanket of mist yesterday, although drizzle was still hanging in the air.
Today’s planned route should be a distance of around 172miles/278km. Which is predominately along the Ring Road, with regular spurs branching off to see the magnificent scenery.
For our overnight accommodation in Höfn we chose to stay at the Milk Factory (yes it was an old milk factory).
(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.)
Off to explore more of IcelandA cave to ourselves
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.
Rugged IcelandFjaðrárgljúfur Gorge
Where to stay in Höfn
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.
Another Waterfall in IcelandFoss a Sidu
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 IcelandThe Pièce de résistance
Only a handful of occasions have I ever seen such a natural sight, so incredibly jaw-dropping.
As we continued further it crept closer, there was a viewpoint we headed along, and you were able to drive along a gravel track to the end.
However, it wasn't until we got out that Gary noticed we could drive over the top of an incline and head closer to the glacier. Needless to say, that is what we did & it was stunning.
Breathtaking IcelandMountain caps
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.
Natural IcelandJust when you thought it couldn’t get better.
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.
Experiencing IcelandDiamonds are Forever
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.
A full day in IcelandDie Another Day
Has anyone spotted the Bond theme?
Across the road from Jökulsárlón ice beach is Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, here is where part of James Bond’s film Die Another Day was shot.
Our Iceland Road TripThe route
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.
Where we stayed in HöfnOur stopover
For the one night, we were based in Höfn; we stayed at the Milk Factory (yes it was an old milk factory).
The hotel was comfortable, it was just on the edge of town and did not have on-site restaurant facilities, so you needed to pop into Höfn to eat or pick up supplies.
It is in an incredibly peaceful location, and from our room, we could see the edge of a glacier.
We headed into the harbour town and ate at Pakkhús Restaurant, which served wonderful local produce, especially the langoustines & liquorice crème brûlée.
Tomorrow, we are heading onto Egilsstaðir, and passing into a region of Iceland that's less popular.
A direct route of 157 miles/253km, but some of the route will be on gravel so the speeds will reduced.
Highlight of the Day
Trips to try in IcelandSomething from Get Your Guide?
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