We’re in Iceland, WE’RE IN ICELAND! We arrived super early on Saturday morning, but we’ve been such busy bees on the road that we didn’t have much time for updates or wifi hunting until now. Anyway, here’s our first impressions on this unique country. First of all, the scenery…. wow! We knew Iceland was going to be special, but we didn’t really expect it to be this majestic. The mountains, the skies, the sea, the roads, it’s all simply stunning.
As I’m writing this in the car, we’ve just left a city called Akureiri and are driving east high up on top of the mountains with views that are making us tear up. It almost feels like we’ve reached the end of the world, looking at the high skies, low clouds, endless horizons and the mountains looming in the distance all around us. It’s no wonder so many big movies come here to film bits of other planets and worlds. We’re currently driving up to see a couple of Game of Thrones locations and we already have plans to visit many sceneries familiar from Interstellar, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Batman Begins, Star Trek, Noah and Sense8.
Our first day here was a long one for us. We left Finland early in the morning and due to the 3 hour time difference, also arrived very early. We picked up our rental car from Sixt (kudos to the friendly guy serving us who looked like Frank Castle AKA The Punisher!) and started driving, ooh’ing and aah’ing at everything. We stopped for a quick Aktu Taktu lunch in Reykjavik and kept driving north along Highway 1, which is the ring road going around the island.
We had some very last minute accommodation problems, but found a lovely spot for sleeping in the north via Airbnb. We had to drive quite far on our first day (but it was worth it!) and spent the night just outside Blönduos in a super beautiful guesthouse called Húnaver. We promised to send them some photos of our stay, which you might soon see on their Airbnb profile page!
(Plus, you know… if you’re ever heading to Iceland and looking for the perfect place to stay in the north, that’s the link you should follow.)
Our amazing hosts for the night, David and Svenny, made us dinner and told us stories about the locals living in the valley. We were so thankful for the warm welcome after being worried we’d end up sleeping in the car (the hotels everywhere were fully booked, just our luck to land in Iceland on the busiest weekend of the year, and suddenly without a place to stay!)
In the morning, we apparently found our beds just a tad too comfortable, as we overslept for almost two hours from our original wake-up call. Oh well… it was well needed!
On Monday, we spent most of the day in the car (again!) driving to the east to reach a lovely lake area, Mývatn and the nearby sights Dimmuborgir and the caves in Grjótagjá.
Grjótagjá is a small lava cave near lake Mývatn with a thermal spring inside. In early 18th century the outlaw Jón Markússon lived there and used the cave for bathing. Until the 1970s Grjótagjá was a popular bathing site. –Wikipedia
Stay tuned for more Iceland adventures and especially the sceneframes!
Soundtrack for day 1 and 2 in Iceland: Poets of the Fall – Drama for Life, Ed Sheeran – I See Fire, Eric Paslay – Deep As It Is Wide, Jennifer Lawrence – The Hanging Tree
AWESOME TRAVEL TIP: If you’re traveling between Europe and Northern America, you should definitely look into Icelandair’s StopOver deals. Simply put: with the StopOver you’ll get to spend a night or few in magical Iceland for no extra flight costs while also cutting down the torturous flight times!
Collaboration post: Some parts of our movie roadtrip 2016 was done in collaboration with Icelandair, hotels, businesses and tourism offices. All opinions, experiences and views, however, are 100% our own. One simply can not buy our love ❤