03 Aug Ring Road Day 5: Akureyri to Borgarnes
Distance: 317 km
Time: 3.5 hours (not including time to stop along the way)
After a quick breakfast of oatmeal and coffee, we decided to hit the road right away and not stop in Akureyri. Our first official stop on this day was Grettislaug, which is another geothermal pool.
It costs 1.000 ISK ($10 USD). It’s not crowded, as it is off the beaten path, and has two pools – one at 43 degrees Celsius with another at 38 degrees Celsius. There is a little cafe with sandwiches and coffee, which we did not try, but it did smell good!
Directions to Grettislaug from Akureyri:
Take Route 1 west from Akureyri, and then take a right on Route 75 towards Sauðárkrókur.
Keep driving through the small town and take a right on a gravel and dirt road 748 heading toward Reykjaströnd until you get to the pool.
Note: It may seem like you are driving for a long time, but know that you will eventually end up at the pool, as the road just ends. Make sure to stop and watch all of the Icelandic horses play along this road, too!
After soaking in the tubs, we hit the road again, this time driving straight until we reached Skagafjörður, where we stopped for some groceries and coffee. There was a park next door to the store and cafe, which we had to stop and play on.
We aren’t sure what the the playground was called, but it had a big trampoline and a mini zipline. We kept taking turns on the zipline, trying to go as fast as we could. Trust me when I say, “worth it!” A little girl came over and wanted to play, so that’s when we knew our time was up …
Then as we drove onward, we pulled over where a bunch of cars were parked (I mean, wouldn’t you jump off a bridge if everyone else was doing it, too?!) to see what all the fuss was about.
Turns out it was Laufás, where you can see Icelandic turf houses, along with a museum and more of an old farm. It’s a classic depiction of what Icelandic homes would look like… pretty interesting.
We then drove straight to our Airbnb outside of Borgarnes, where we decided to have a relaxed night. We watched movies, did a few loads of laundry and caught up on some sleep.