30 Jul Ring Road Day 1: Reykjavik to Egilsstaðir
Total Distance: 800 km
Time: 8 hours (without stopping)
We spent this day driving a long ways due to not finding a place to stay until Egilsstaðir, Iceland. Egilsstaðir is all the way over on the eastern border of Iceland and is the second biggest town on the east coast. It is very cute, has a secondary school, and a great walking path to run/walk/explore the town itself.
But nonetheless, we still stopped along the way to see some of the best and the beautiful on the first half of the Ring Road. Find details below:
Seljalandsfoss – Waterfall
You are able to walk under this waterfall and all around it, experiencing it from all angles. However, you will get wet, so be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting soaked – or wear a rain jacket. You need to pay for parking, which costs about 700 kr (about $7 USD).
Skógafoss – Waterfall
There are waterfalls everywhere you look, but there are a few that are incredibly impressive – and this one is a must see. Parking is free here, and you can walk to the top of the waterfall and view it crashing down. Note that there are a lot of steps to walk to the top, so be prepared to get your heart rate up.
Seljavallalaug – Geothermal pool
This was the first free geothermal pool that we visited along the Ring Road. It is located in between the two waterfalls noted above. While it is free, it can be fairly busy. There are changing rooms for you there, and the water was nice but it was a little dirty. Note that it is about a half mile hike from the parking lot, so wear appropriate walking shoes.
Jökulsárlón – Glacier Lagoon
We arrived at night, around 11:30. Even though the sun had set, it was still light enough to see easily without a flashlight. Seeing it in the dark with a glow from the moon gave it an awesome feeling, and we do not believe that it hid any of its beauty since we saw it at night. It is very chilly, and there are large glaciers floating. We all sat down and watched a few ice chunks float by us.