*Note: This is the second part of a two-part series covering Iceland’s Ring Road. Part 1 can be found here.
Day 5: Akureyri to Vagnsstaðir
After spending two nights on Hrisey, a remote island off the coast of northern Iceland, I was reluctant to leave. The peace and quiet of the island combined with breathtaking scenery was addictive. However, the road was waiting. After all, I had three days left in Iceland and I hadn’t even gotten to the half way point of my journey!
Though Iceland is only the size of the U.S. state of Kentucky, distances can be deceiving. It was a whole eleven, yes ELEVEN, hours of driving before I reached the hostel at Vagnsstaðir, my next stop in southern Iceland. More than ever, I felt that one week was not remotely enough time to devote to seeing this expansive and diverse country.
Day 6: Vagnsstaðir and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
After five days of beautiful weather, Iceland’s climate finally caught up with me on Day 6. I was unable to leave the hostel after noon due to rain and wind. However, I wasn’t complaining; the view from the hostel was in itself unbelievable!
My lone venture of the day was to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. The lagoon sits on the edge of the largest glacier in the world outside of the Arctic, Vatnajokull. This really IS the “land of fire and ice,” as many people call Iceland.
Day 7: Vagnsstaðir to Reykjavik
The final stretch of the Ring Road on Iceland’s southern coast heading west towards Reykjavik encompasses some of the most amazing scenery and sights of the entire country (and that’s saying something!) Glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches, and mountains….OH MY!
On the way, I was blessed with good weather and got great views of Vatnajokull Glacier, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, and the infamous black sand beaches of Vik. As I neared Reykjavik, I reflected on all of the places I had left behind. I already wanted to go back!