Iceland: 10 days on the Ring Road

Iceland’s on the Ring Road is a place where adventure seems to present itself day after day. Follow along for a fast-paced 3 1/2-minute dive into the beauty of Iceland with Chris Giordano. Note: he and his mother circled the land of fire via Kia Sportage, often trekking for 10-12 hours per day.

The South Coast
Descending 120m into magma chamber of the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano on caving tour
Walking behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Amphibian boat ride on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where James Bond car chase on ice was filmed
Diamond Beach and Reynisfjara black pebble beach
Glacier hike with crampons and ice axe on Sólheimajökull glacier
Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue right outside window at Hótel Skaftafell

The Golden Circle
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, where Icelandic parliament was founded in 930 AD, and a beautiful landscape where the tectonic plays of Europe and America meet
The eruption of Strokkur the geyser at Geysir hot spring in Haukadalur valley
Staying in Hótel Gullfoss, seeing aurora borealis for the first time and a sunrise visit to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall the next morning

In the East
We breezed through the East, however, driving through the East Fjords offered impressive cliffside views with scattered rock and grass encircled by seabirds above. Dramatic light and shadow!
Egilsstaðir, a nice town we spent a rainy night with great pizza at a warm little restaurant

In the North
Standing at the edge of Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall and the filming location for the intro to the movie “Prometheus”
Mývatn, a volcanic lake surrounded by moss covered rock and nearby Hverfjall tephra cone
Whale watching tour in Húsavík
Staying the night in Blönduós with a beach sunset and aurora borealis
Visiting Nyibaer turf house in Holar

In the West
Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland and nearby Kirkjufellfoss waterfall
Driving the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Lóndrangar basalt pillars
Staying at Hotel Fransiskus, once a Catholic monastery turned hotel, in Stykkishólmur, near where a scene from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” was filmed
Hvítserkur basalt stack on beach that looks like a dragon drinking
Entering Langjökull glacier on the Ice Tunnel tour

Also, check out some of his helpful travel resources:

Guide To Iceland (Overall 10-day self-drive trip itinerary)

Inside the Volcano (Thrihnukagigur magma chamber tour)

Troll Expeditions (Glacier hike on Sólheimajökull)

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (Amphibian boat tour)

Into the Glacier (ice cave tour inside Langjökull)

Gentle Giants (Whale watching tour in Húsavík)

Chris Giordano

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